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Lithuania : U.S. Air Force to lead NATO Baltic Air Policing mission.

The US Air Force 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles as the 48th Air Expeditionary Group to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission Aug. 29, 2017.On 30 August the ceremony at the Air Base of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in iauliai where Poland will turnover lead of the mission to the United States will be held.

ViceMinister of Defence of Lithuania Vytautas Umbrasas, Commander of Joint Headquarters of the Lithuanian Armed FOrces Major General Vitalijus Vaiknoras, Gen. Tod D. Wolters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; U.S. Air Forces Africa; and NATO Allied Air Command commander, as well as other distinguished guests are scheduled to take part in the ceremony.

Air Policing is a standing NATO peacetime task designed to preserve the integrity of allies' sovereign airspace. This marks the fifth rotation in which the U.S. has supported this mission to protect Baltic airspace, and it demonstrates a long-standing commitment to this NATO mission.

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Publication:Mena Report
Geographic Code:4EXLT
Date:Sep 1, 2017
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