Chief of Staff of U.S. Air Force Visits Israel

. “Between us there is a long-standing acquaintance that is based on many common activities” Chief of Staff of U.S. Air Force Visits Israel

The General visited several IAF airbases throughout the country and tried out the advanced simulator at the airbase in Hatzor Chief of Staff of U.S. Air Force Visits Israel

The visit was intended to advance the close military relationship between the U.S. and its best friend in the Middle East, a relationship that began during the creation with the state of Israel. Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, General Mark A Welsh, arrived this week for a four-day visit in Israel, with the goal of continuing and advancing the military relation between the two countries. During the week, he toured airbases throughout the country and even tried out a simulator. “The Israeli Air Force is an exemplary fighting force”

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Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, General Mark A Welsh landed in Israel this week for a four-day business trip. The visit was intended to advance the close military relationship between the U.S. and its best friend in the Middle East, a relationship that began during the creation with the state of Israel.
During his visit, the American Chief of Staff along with his entourage and his wife toured the Old City in Jerusalem and Mount Masada. Additionally, the General visited several IAF airbases throughout the country and tried out the advanced simulator at the airbase in Hatzor. During his visit, the Chief of Staff headed north to the northern border where he got a strategic review of the challenges the area faces.

The cooperation between the two air forces has continued for many years and it continues to grow stronger: Last week, the two countries concluded a joint exercise between combat divisions of both air forces that took place on the airbase in Nevatim, located in the Negev, and last year, the U.S. Air Force was deployed to several bases in Israel, and held joint training exercises of the aerial defense divisions of both air forces. Furthermore, this year, the Americans also came to the southern airbase Ouvda, where they worked on a preparation exercise, leading up to the up-coming “Blue Flag” exercise. “Between us there is a long-standing acquaintance that is based on many common activities”, explains General Welsh in a special interview with the IAF Magazine, to be published in full in the August edition. “We practice together, update operation information and share research.”The Israeli Air Force is an exemplary fighting force”.

Different Forces, Similar Problems
The American Air Force, one of the biggest air forces in the world, has recently dealth with fighting in Iraq and still deals with Afghanistan from which it plans to withdraw next year. Despite its importance, the U.S. Air Force deals with significant budget cuts and with the challenges of man power. “Obviously we will become smaller”, explains General Welsh in the interview with IDF magazine. “We are forced to seriously think about how we can continue to upgrade our own capabilities while we enact budget cuts. Obviously some of the plans that we wanted to advance and implement will not be implemented, but we will continue to preserve our fundamental principles at all costs: air superiority, supremacy in space, air transport, command and control, intelligence gathering and assault missions”.

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