493rd FS, NATO allies develop lasting, effective partnerships during Real Thaw

Airmen from the 48th Fighter Wing stand in formation along with Portuguese, Belgian, Danish French, Dutch, Norwegian, Spanish and other NATO ally forces during the opening ceremony for Real Thaw 2016 at Beja Air Base, Portugal, Feb. 21, 2016. Participating in exercises like RT16 are an important component to remaining “Forward, Ready, Now,” for the 48th FW. RT16, taking place from February 22-March 3, is an exercise planned and conducted by the Portuguese air force, under the aegis of its Air Command, who are responsible for training and readying the operational units, through air operations in the defense of national interests, as well as through the participation in military operations in several international cooperation frameworks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber/Released)

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