Ukraine air force partners visit 86th Operations Group

Capt. Oleh Zaichenko and Maj. Andrii Sidash, Ukraine air force pilots, discuss the capabilities of a C-130J Hercules with members of the 37th Airlift Squadron Aug. 15 on Ramstein.

Three members of the Melitopol Airlift Wing and one interpreter from the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine visited the 86th Operations Group to continue Ukraine’s progress toward NATO airlift interoperability.

The weeklong visit demonstrated processes for training and real-world missions in Europe and Africa. In addition, 37th AS members presented ideas on effective management of airlift squadron resources, including aircrew, aircraft and mission support personnel.

The dialogue between the Ukraine air force and U.S. Air Forces in Europe furthers bilateral military relations and potential joint operations.