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European Union Military Committee convinced of EATC being a lighthouse for Pooling and Sharing

Monday 30 January - 14:22h  |  News & Press updates

On Friday, 27 January 2012, the highest ranked national military representatives of the European Union (EU) and civilian leaders involved in crisis management and capability development visited the European Air Transport Command (EATC) in Eindhoven.
COM EATC Major General Jochen Both gives a briefing to the EUMC
In his briefing, the Commander EATC, Major General Jochen Both, pointed out that the way to success has not been a trivial issue based on a “digital” decision but required especially a sustained politico-military support and a uniquely designed modular concept. Assured availability over EATC assigned assets for nations and nationally defined levels of authority given to the EATC in the area of standardisation are  the foundation of a very successful year. Participating Nations assess the EATC as providing a gain in efficiency and effectiveness in the critical area of military fixed wing air transport, including strategic aeromedical evacuation, as well as air to air refuelling. He concluded by stating that the “EATC is a successful but unique example under the current Pooling and Sharing initiative”.
Chairman EUMC, General Hakan Syren, thanks COM EATC, Major General Both for his hospitality
After visiting the EATC Mission Control Branch, which is controlling an average of  about 70 air transport missions 24/7 across the world, the group was impressed by seeing how the EATC concept is applied in reality. The Swedish Chairman of the EU Military Committee, General Håkan Syrén, stated “that the EATC should definitely be seen as a lighthouse for the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The EATC clearly demonstrates that Pooling & Sharing is not just a concept for the future, but that four Nations have […] managed to create a tool that works and delivers efficient airlift capability.”)

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