In Germany, Allied Air Force Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders from 24 NATO nations convened Oct. 16 to 17 at Allied Air Command, Ramstein Airbase, for the second NATO Air Chiefs’ symposium of 2017.
Chaired by the Commander of Allied Air Command, General Tod D. Wolters, the bi-annual forum was held to discuss Joint and Air domain issues. General Mercier delivered a strategic context update and a ‘Tour d’horizon’. Discussions then covered the ‘Current Environment’, ‘Adapting for the Changing Environment’ and a ‘Focus on Future Capabilities’. Topics included Air contributions to enhanced Forward Presence (eFP), the Counter ISIL Mission and a discussion of Modern Aircraft integration in NATO.
In Spain, General Mercier met with Mrs Maria Dolores de Cospedal Garcia, Minister of Defence, and General Fernando Alejandre, Chief of Defence. He also had the opportunity to visit the counter-Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence, where he offered the support of Allied Command Transformation in response to the Centre of Excellence concerns in the matter of the lessons learning process.
General Mercier ended his journey with a visit to the Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejon. The Centre's primary mission is to plan, direct, coordinate, monitor, analyze and report on the operations of Air Policing assets assigned to the Centre in peacetime, following the directives of NATO Allied Air Command. Its area of responsibility is the southern half of Europe, from the Canary Islands to Turkey and from Azores to Romania.