Allied Air Command
May 10, 2022

Allies stand together to bolster NATO’s eastern flank

…Allied Air Command commands and employs military aircraft from the nations and NATO to execute enhanced Vigilance Activities.

NATO has substantially increased the number of fighter jets on alert across Eastern Europe….

“NATO air forces have bolstered their presence in the eastern part of the Alliance….Several dozen fighter jets are on alert at any time to response to possible airspace violations and to deter aggression,” said Headquarters Allied Air Command Chief of Staff, Major General Jörg Lebert. “Allied Air Command integrates the Allied air forces’ fighters, air-to-air refuelling and transport aircraft as well as Allied and NATO airborne warning and control (AWACS) platforms into the standing arrangements….These assets enable NATO to patrol the Allied airspace and have 24/7 situational awareness above NATO and adjacent territory,” he added.

A Joint Force Air Component (JFAC) was stood up at Allied Air Command to plan, task and control Allied aircraft flying enhanced Vigilance Activities. Both Combined Air Operations Centres in Uedem, Germany, and Torrejón, Spain, and the Deployable Command and Control Centre at Poggio Renatico, Italy, have sent personnel to augment the JFAC for the mission.

Graphic: NATO