“From a geographic standpoint, this movement will enable us to be more agile in our support to personnel recovery requirements across Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia,” Smith added. “We are excited for the transfer of our mission to Italy and growing upon the relationships we have formed from the past several years of staging rescue operations from there.”I really don't understand the thinking behind the stationing of troops in Europe. If the moves are to deter Russia then they're in the wrong places. If its about being able to respond to incidents in N. Africa and the Middle East then again, they're out of place.
These squadrons of aircraft, aircrew, Guardian Angel Weapons Systems and support personnel are slated to begin relocating in 2017.
This includes five HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopters and approximately 350 aircrew.
“Saving lives is at the heart of our mission, so moving to Italy, where we’re better postured to provide rescue capabilities quickly and effectively, just makes sense,” said Lt. Col. Jose Cabrera, 57th Rescue Squadron commander. “Our partnership with the UK is as strong as ever. While we’ll miss the great support and hospitality we’ve experienced in England, we certainly look forward to forging new relationships and conducting training operations in Italy.”
I don't get it.