A US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing was just one of the aircraft that landed at RAF Fairford during the Baltic Trident Exercise, which took place at RAF Fairford and across several Baltic countries from March 15-19.
The primary goal of the exercise is to strengthen the Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept.
ACE enables US forces in Europe to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the full spectrum of military operations.
Approximately 150 active duty personnel, civilians and local nationals are supporting this exercise at RAF Fairford. 420th EABS Airmen are deployed from around the world.
They have all joined together to support the 100th Air Refueling Wing during this exercise.
Exercises and deployments that utilise ACE concepts ensure forces in Europe are ready to protect and defend partners, allies and US interests at a moment’s notice, and generate lethal combat power should deterrence fail.