U.S. Air Forces in Europe
July 28, 2009
[efoods]Senior diplomatic and defense officials representing 12 nations as well as NATO witnessed today the official activation of a first-of-its-kind multinational strategic airlift unit at Pápa Air Base, Hungary.
“I want to extend my thanks to all of the nations that chose to participate in SAC,” said Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero, NATO deputy secretary general, referring to the Strategic Airlift Capability program formalized 2006. “Because of your commitment, today we are well-positioned to provide aid anywhere, at any time, and on any mission – humanitarian, disaster relief, or peacekeeping.”
The nations committed to the 30-year SAC Program built the program’s multinational operational-level unit, known as the Heavy Airlift Wing or HAW, in just 10 months. The purpose was to collectively create a heavy airlift solution with global reach to meet national obligations to the European Union, United Nations and NATO. Primary among those obligations for all the participants is support to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
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