Aviano Airmen train in Souda Bay

A 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon departs from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2016 to support a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece. Fourteen F-16s, one KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing, and 280 Airmen deployed to Souda Bay to train with Greece’s Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)

A 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon departs from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2016 to support a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece. Fourteen F-16s, one KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing, and 280 Airmen deployed to Souda Bay to train with Greece’s Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)

A 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon departs from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2016 to support a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece. Fourteen F-16s, one KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing, and 280 Airmen deployed to Souda Bay to train with Greece’s Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. R.J. Biermann)

A 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon departs from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2016 to support a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece. Fourteen F-16s, one KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing, and 280 Airmen deployed to Souda Bay to train with Greece’s Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. R.J. Biermann)

Airmen deploying to Souda Bay, Greece process through a personnel deployment function line at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 16, 2016. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)

Airmen deploying to Souda Bay, Greece process through a personnel deployment function line at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 16, 2016. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)

Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing process through the personnel deployment function line at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training deployment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing process through the personnel deployment function line at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training deployment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

Airmen deploying to Souda Bay, Greece process through a personnel deployment function line at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 16, 2016. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)

Airmen deploying to Souda Bay, Greece process through a personnel deployment function line at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 16, 2016. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)

Airmen deploying to Souda Bay, Greece process through a personnel deployment function line at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 16, 2016. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)

Airmen deploying to Souda Bay, Greece process through a personnel deployment function line at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 16, 2016. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)

An Airman from the 31st Fighter Wing processes through the personnel deployment function line at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training deployment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

An Airman from the 31st Fighter Wing processes through the personnel deployment function line at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training deployment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing board a bus at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017. The Airmen flew on a C-130 Hercules to Souda Bay, Greece to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing board a bus at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017. The Airmen flew on a C-130 Hercules to Souda Bay, Greece to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

An Airman from the 31st Fighter Wing boards a C-130 Hercules at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017 on their way to Souda Bay, Greece. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

An Airman from the 31st Fighter Wing boards a C-130 Hercules at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017 on their way to Souda Bay, Greece. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing board a bus at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017. The Airmen flew on a C-130 Hercules to Souda Bay, Greece to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)
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Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing board a bus at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017. The Airmen flew on a C-130 Hercules to Souda Bay, Greece to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

A C-130 Hercules prepares to depart Aviano Air Base, Italy for Souda Bay, Greece on Jan. 21, 2017. Approximately 300 personnel from the 31st Fighter Wing and Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing traveled to Greece for a flying training deployment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)
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A C-130 Hercules prepares to depart Aviano Air Base, Italy for Souda Bay, Greece on Jan. 21, 2017. Approximately 300 personnel from the 31st Fighter Wing and Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing traveled to Greece for a flying training deployment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing wait to board a C-130 Hercules at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)
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Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing wait to board a C-130 Hercules at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing board a C-130 Hercules at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017 on their way to Souda Bay, Greece. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)
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Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing board a C-130 Hercules at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017 on their way to Souda Bay, Greece. The Airmen traveled to Souda Bay, Greece, to support a flying training detachment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

An Airman from the 31st Fighter Wing boards a C-130 Hercules at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017 on their way to Souda Bay, Greece. Approximately 300 personnel from the 31st Fighter Wing and Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing traveled to Greece for a flying training deployment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)
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An Airman from the 31st Fighter Wing boards a C-130 Hercules at Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2017 on their way to Souda Bay, Greece. Approximately 300 personnel from the 31st Fighter Wing and Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing traveled to Greece for a flying training deployment with the Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cary Smith)

A KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing departs from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2016, for a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece. The KC-135 joined fourteen F-16 Fighting Falcons and 280 Aviano Airmen in Souda Bay to participate in the training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)
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A KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing departs from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2016, for a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece. The KC-135 joined fourteen F-16 Fighting Falcons and 280 Aviano Airmen in Souda Bay to participate in the training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)

] A KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing departs from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2016, for a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece. The KC-135 joined fourteen F-16 Fighting Falcons and 280 Aviano Airmen in Souda Bay to participate in the training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. R.J. Biermann)
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] A KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing departs from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2016, for a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece. The KC-135 joined fourteen F-16 Fighting Falcons and 280 Aviano Airmen in Souda Bay to participate in the training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. R.J. Biermann)

A 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon departs from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2016 to support a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece. Fourteen F-16s, one KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing, and 280 Airmen deployed to Souda Bay to train with Greece’s Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)
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A 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon departs from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2016 to support a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece. Fourteen F-16s, one KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing, and 280 Airmen deployed to Souda Bay to train with Greece’s Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)

Two 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcons depart from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2016 to support a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece. Fourteen F-16s, one KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing, and 280 Airmen deployed to Souda Bay to train with Greece’s Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)
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Two 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcons depart from Aviano Air Base, Italy on Jan. 21, 2016 to support a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece. Fourteen F-16s, one KC-135 Stratotanker from the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing, and 280 Airmen deployed to Souda Bay to train with Greece’s Hellenic air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey)

SOUDA BAY, Greece --

From Jan. 20 to Feb. 3, the 31st Fighter Wing's 555th Fighter Squadron and Arizona Air National Guard's 161st Air Refueling Wing are participating in a Flying Training Deployment to Souda Bay, Greece.

 

Fourteen F-16 Fighting Falcons, one KC-135 Stratotanker and 280 Airmen are partnering with their NATO ally, Greece, to evaluate aircraft and personnel capabilities, and to train with Greece's Hellenic air force.

 

These training engagements are planned in advance to strengthen military-to-military relationships and increase NATO ally interoperability. The scenarios involve combined flying operations between countries to identify and work through coordination concerns that may arise during real-world events.

 

“Training here at Souda Bay prepares us for any upcoming deployments,” said Lt. Col. Rob Faustman, 555th FS director of operations. “Access to their ranges allows us to drop live ordnance … and utilize other combative tools on our jets.”

 

Engagements such as these strengthen relationships between the US, allies and partners, and demonstrate the United States' shared commitment to a safe and secure Europe.

“Our Greek counterparts have been extremely accommodating—we wouldn't be able to do any of this without them,” said Faustman. “We look forward to continuing to work with them during an already-stellar FTD.”