More U.S. servicemen, especially U.S. airmen, are set to arrive in Romania, the commander of the U.S. Air Force in Europe announced during a teleconference on Friday.
American servicemen could be permanently deployed at the Mihail Kogalniceanu base. Moreover, the Romanian Defence Minister has asked that one of the three NATO commandments be located in our country. “I won’t hide from you that we have asked for a permanent presence – along the lines of the Polish example – of American servicemen at Mihail Kogalniceanu, and in the idea that we are conducting air policing operations from Mihail Koglaniceanu, it’s natural to be able to contribute to this base expansion programme,” Minister Fifor said. The decision could be taken at the Alliance’s summit in Brussels in June.
More troops deployed in Romania, as part of NATO operations, means the strengthening of the Alliance’s presence in south-east Europe.
“You can anticipate that the rotational presence with our U.S. Air Force assets will continue to increase in Romania as they have over the course of the last several years. At the wonderful air base that you have, Mihail Kogalniceanu, that’s in the far eastern side, I anticipate more exchanges with our rotational forces there over time,” U.S. Air Force in Europe Commander Tod D. Wolters stated, Digi24 informs.
General Tod D. Wolters also talked about the “very strong” relationship he has with the Chief of the Romanian Air Force. “We’re very, very impressed with the improvement of your F-16 capability, and we certainly look forward to seeing all the wonderful things that will occur with the Air Force and with your Armed Forces with respect to the utilization of the Patriot missiles,” the American General added.
In recent years, thousands of Romanian and American servicemen have taken part in several joint military exercises at the Mihail Kogalniceanu base, servicemen from other countries also taking part in some of them. Air policing missions were carried out from the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base last year.