Turkey, US unite as Anatolian Falcon 2012 kicks off

KONYA, Turkey -- An international weapons-training deployment involving Turkish and U.S. air forces began here March 5 and lasts until March 15.

The 480th Fighter Squadron from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and the Turkish air force's 3rd Main Jet Base combined their efforts during Anatolian Falcon 2012, an exercise designed to strengthen joint operations between the two allied countries.

Turkish air force Col. Ercan Dursun, 3rd Main Jet Base Operations Group commander, expressed his appreciation for the U.S. Air Force's commitment to building relations and military interoperability.

"It's good to see you here," Dursun said during opening remarks at an initial mass briefing March 4. "I hope we will have a fruitful exercise."

He went on to say that one of the main goals of the training is to share lessons learned. By working together, the two air forces can individually evolve into a more flexible force.

"Training with the Turkish air force now ensures smooth communication and tactical effectiveness if we should ever have to go to war together," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul Murray, 480th Fighter Squadron commander. "Our air forces pride themselves on adaptability and flexibility, and this exercise showcases those capabilities by allowing us to work with our international partner in fast-paced training scenarios."

Some of the scenarios are set up to have specific targets plotted on a map inside of a mock high-threat zone. The Turkish and U.S. air forces must integrate their aircraft fleet to assess any threats in the area and neutralize the plotted targets. Additional "popup" threats may appear at random times and positions throughout the training. The "popup" threats could be something as small as an enemy ground-forces member aiming a surface-to-air missile launcher at an aircraft.

Other scenarios are air-to-air, meaning two teams of aircraft mock battle in the skies over Turkish air force's Konya Air Base.

"The 480th is excited to get on the road to fly with our NATO ally and strengthen the bonds that have been built during the last 60 years," Murray said of both nations' dedication to ensuring regional peace and stability.


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Comments: 3

by terefe on March 6, 2012 :

This kind of cooperation very good andit will be an exemplenary one. thanks

by David Finklestrom on March 7, 2012 :

One can only think that this has to do with preparation of a joint attack on Syria and Assad.

by EUCOM Public Affairs on March 8, 2012 :

Military training with allies and partners is vital to our operational readiness and capability to respond anytime, anywhere. World events continue to evolve and change and therefore our military readiness is imperative. Anatolian Falcon 2012 is a recurring training event designed to develop and improve air readiness, which is significant in maintaining security and building partnership capacity. Training with Turkish air forces in a realistic scenario-based training environment allows both countries to save resources and money. The exercise is not targeted toward any one country, and no other country should feel threatened or concerned by it.

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