DVIDS – News – 2021 Partner Aviation Capacity Building Seminar in Krakow, Poland


Krakow, Poland – The US Air Force Special Operations School, in collaboration with United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa and the Polish Air Force, hosted the biannual Partner Aviation Capability Seminar European Partnership Flight Reinforcement (BPACS), August 30 – September 3, 2021 at the Grand Sheraton Hotel in Krakow, Poland.

The five-day seminar brought together aviation professionals from the U.S. Security Cooperation Company, the NATO alliance, as well as other European strategic partners to exchange lessons learned on the integration of civil and military operations.

USAFSOS currently provides indoctrination (SOF), as well as political, military and cultural studies in support of SOF operations in the various combat theaters. The school also offers language training and specialized instruction on the principles of irregular warfare; strengthening of the aeronautical capacities of partner countries; foreign domestic defense aviation; dynamics of international terrorism; and the command, control and integration of Air Force Special Operations Forces (AFSOF) resources and AFSOF leadership development.

BPACS familiarized more than 60 participants with the political, military, economic, social and infrastructural benefits of aviation resources in the development and defense of their nation during war and peacetime operations.

BPACS hosted a wide variety of speakers, including the United States Consul General in Krakow, Dr. Patrick T. Slowinski, who emphasized aviation capability development and military cooperation as a cornerstone of bilateral relations between the United States and Poland.

“When we talk about aviation capability, we are talking about strategy, partnerships, resources and business. We are not just talking about military defense, we are also talking about civilian involvement and cooperation, ”Slowinski said. “Aviation is a vital area for cooperation and collaboration between the United States and its partners. Not only to modernize our defenses and facilitate interoperability, but also to strengthen the capabilities of civilian businesses. ”

NATO allies and European partners in attendance got a glimpse of the enterprise’s security cooperation, air-land integration, resource management and the flexibility of operations aviation special to meet civilian and military needs.

The overview was designed to establish a critical means of communication and understanding of what the United States can provide to improve our partner’s overall aviation capability, as well as where the United States can learn to streamline processes.

“It’s not just about equipment, it’s about personal relationships. We can go support [NATO partners and allies] growing their aviation business… we don’t go to war alone, ”said US Air Force Captain Abdulaziz Ali, head of the theater engagement division at the US Air Force Special Operations School.

Ali was responsible for the direction, course material development and coordination of BPACS, which included a visit to the Polish Aviation Museum and a static exhibit at John Paul II Krakow-Balice International Airport featuring planes from the 352nd Special Operations Wing, Polish Air Force and the Polish Special Operations Forces Command.

According to Ali, one of the main areas of focus of the US Air Force is to work with partners to develop aviation capability throughout the US security cooperation enterprise. .

“If we wait until the next major conflict starts before synchronizing our processes and procedures, then it is too late,” Ali said. “We need to start thinking about better integration and interoperability today, and we hope that BPACS can be used as a starting point to facilitate security cooperation and assistance activities of security forces in aviation. ”

BPACS is a synchronized engagement that provides allies and partners the forum to identify unique opportunities for military forces to train and operate simultaneously in the European theater.

The seminar was designed to bring together military and civilian personnel from NATO and partner nations to build trust and partnerships, discuss interoperability and share a vision for the development of aviation resources and businesses of the partner countries.

Date taken: 09.09.2021
Date posted: 09.09.2021 11:38
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