2 Wing Getting the Job Done: Exercise RESILIENT RESOLVE

CAF members work getting systems ready for Ex RESILIENT RESOLVE in Romania.

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Working quietly behind the scenes, 2 Wing Bagotville continues to support air operations anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice.

Most recently, the RCAF’s expeditionary wing set the stage for Exercise RESILIENT RESOLVE, a bilateral training exercise with the Romanian Air Force that took place from March 1 to April 7. Four CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft and more than 100 personnel, mostly from 425 Squadron at 3 Wing Bagotville, deployed to Constanta, Romania.

It was 2 Wing’s job to ensure that when the air detachment arrived, everything was in place to sustain their operations.

Five members from 2 Wing’s Air Expeditionary Squadron and 8 Air Communication and Control Squadron (8 ACCS) formed the reconnaissance and Air Field Activation Surge Team (AFAST) that deployed late February to Constanta. Three more members from 8 ACCS joined them shortly after.

They connected with the Host Nation and Romanian Air Force to study the exercise location and determine the logistical and communications support required. The team had to consider and attain everything from accommodations and feeding to maintenance set-up and security.

More than two weeks after they arrived in Romania, 2 Wing’s team had fully met its command, administrative, infrastructure, contracting, communications, workspace, and maintenance requirements to receive the main body, with the first training mission taking place on March 8.

“The success of the mission, whether it is an exercise or an operation, begins with the establishment of solid organization and infrastructures, tailored to the assigned air detachment requirements,” said Major Carl Brassard, lead of 2 Wing’s Recce and AFAST. “The 2 Wing AFAST team sets the conditions for success for the deployed force package. We are the first people on the ground setting the environment for sustainable air operations. We take that responsibility very seriously.”

Ex RESILIENT RESOLVE was conducted to foster relations between the RCAF and the Romanian Air Force, while exchanging best practices. This exercise continues to build on the strong relationships between Canada and Romania — an important NATO Ally — strengthening our mutual confidence in using common NATO procedures.

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