148th Fighter Wing taking part in NATO exercise in the Netherlands

LEEUWARDEN, NETHERLANDS –¬†Members of the 148th Fighter Wing are in the Netherlands for a nearly two week NATO exercise.

180 airmen are taking part in Frisian Flag where they’re training on operational tactics in a global setting.

The 148th is joined by airmen from Germany, Poland and France in the 12-day event.

First Lieutenant Chaz Smidt says the joint real-world simulation is critical to building relations

“Here’s a chance to work together and practice like we play. We are coming together and training in a non- threatening environment to see how so many countries come together and still execute as needed,” Smidt said.

148th airmen in the Netherlands range from pilots like Smidt to F-16 maintenance workers.

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