Members of the Ukrainian armed forces met with various units of the US Air Force from Ramstein Air Base and Kapaun Air Station, Germany, August 2-6.
The visit focused on increasing the capabilities of partners by increasing the capacity of the Ukrainian army in fundamental concepts of air traffic control and combat communications after the acquisition of two navigation aids for the ‘one of their aerodromes.
“We are delighted to give the Ukrainian team a tour and familiarize them with our air traffic control and expeditionary communications capabilities,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Roper, commander of 435 Emergency Response Support Squadron . “It’s a good start to see how our two countries can cooperate and interact in the future.”
Ukrainian servicemen spoke to US Air Force subject matter experts about the benefits of aids to navigation and standard operating procedures for safely managing airspace.
the Defense Cooperation Office, with US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa A5I (International Affairs), generated a concept to request funding for the familiarization tour, which was based on the objectives of the Ukrainian armed forces and the desired results for their newly acquired equipment.
“Air advisers take this CFR and begin mission planning as soon as possible with ODC and partner nations,” said Master Sgt. Michael Jaeger, air traffic control advisor for the 435th CRSS. “We are reaching out to other squadrons around the world to find the best subject matter experts who would best meet the wishes of the requesting country. “
Airmen from the 435th Air and Space Communications Group and the 86th Operations Group discussed tactics, techniques and procedures, while demonstrating tactical communications and air traffic control equipment. This helped familiarize the Ukrainian military with NATO and US Air Force standards.
“Air advisers are building partnerships through familiarization opportunities like this,” Jaeger said.
The Ukrainian military learned about the capabilities offered by combat communications and what it takes to deploy a tactical communications unit. This asset can be essential in maintaining command and control during contingency operations.
“The flying communication kits presented by the 1st Combat Communications Squadron make this possible, and this has given members of the Ukrainian Air Force a good benchmark for developing a mobile communication capability,” Tech said. Sgt. Kyle Koutsouros, air advisor for the 435th CRSS.
The Ukrainian team spent time with the air traffic control tower and ground controlled approach components of 1st CBCS and 86th Operations Support Squadron, and visited the 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron at Kapaun AS.
The 1st CMXS performs advanced troubleshooting when called for communication failures and assists with projects that require new installations.
“Members of the Ukrainian Air Force have shown interest in producing and launching their own communications maintenance unit to help facilitate their armed forces at their main bases and during field operations,” said Koutsouros.
The 435th CRSS air advisors expand interoperability and deterrence initiatives by coordinating and hosting visits from partner countries. Members of the Ukrainian armed forces reviewed flexible, mobile and resilient communication capabilities as well as strategic airspace navigation and management – fundamental concepts that can enable them to accommodate a variety of aircraft from the ‘US Air Force and NATO.
“We built a friendship above all else, by exchanging stories and career experiences,” Jaeger said. “I hope we can help Ukraine bring its aerodromes up to NATO standards.”