April 2, 2013

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Hellenic Air Force Pilots - First In NATO Against Americans, British, Italians, etc.

There are still some things left standing in this country which quite simply make us proud to be Greek, and certainly this is the the men and women who serve in the Hellenic Armed Services. Our soldiers triumphed once again, and this time it was the pilots of the Hellenic Air Force who participated in the recent 2nd Air Training Series for 2013, or the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP), at the Albacete Air Force Base in Spain in March. 

According to defencenet the 331 Squadron of 114 Combat Wing (CW) from Tanagra Air Base participated in the training series with 4 Mirage 2000-5 and marked excellent results.
  • -Captain Theocharis Katsaros, was voted as the best student of the series (or "course warrior")! (Wow)
  • - First lieutenant John Sianos, tied in second place with other participants.
  • - And Squadron leader Marinos Bogatinis, who is positioned at the TLP as an official instructor, was voted -for the third time- as the best instructor.
Other participants from the Greek delegation included an officer of the 331st Intelligence Squadron, a controller from the 380th Air Defense Squadron Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW & M) and two "External Fighters".

To support the program, and the missions, there was participation from 4 MiG-29 from Poland, 2 Alphajet from France, helicopters, aircraft electronic warfare and AWACS.

The Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) has been based at the Albacete Air Force Base in Spain since July 2009, and is staffed by experienced personnel from the ten NATO member nations: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK, and USA.

(BRAVO Palikaria mou, mas kanete perifanous. Afieromeno to tragoudaki.)

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