Sixty-six airmen and several C-130Js from Ramstein AB, Germany, are at Powidz AB, Poland, for several weeks of training with members of the Polish military, announced Air Forces officials. This deployment marks the first rotation of Air Force personnel and airplanes to Poland as part of the new US aviation detachment (Av-Det) in Poland that stood up last November. The first Ramstein airmen touched down at Powidz on Feb. 22 and will remain there until March 9, according to a Feb. 25 Air Force release. “We’re going to see for the first time the fruits of our labor,” said Maj. Matthew Spears, detachment commander, of the rotation. “Having the 37th Airlift Squadron deploy, execute, and redeploy successfully will bring a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment to the members of the Av-Det,” he added. During this rotation, the Ramstein airmen and C-130Js will take part in precision airdrops and grass landings, according to a Feb. 22 release from the US embassy in Warsaw. (Includes Spangdahlem report by 2nd Lt. Katrina Cheesman)
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.