12th CAB hosts 21 Nations at Rotary Wing Summit
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pictured from left to right, Col. Ioannis Koukoulis, Hellenic Army Aviation Directorate, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mike Boley, 12th CAB Chief Warrant Officer of the Brigade, Col. Christopher Waters, 12th CAB Commander, and Brig. Gen. Frank W. Tate, Dep... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
12th CAB hosts 21 Nations at Rotary Wing Summit
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Attendees from Twenty one NATO and Allied partner nations listen to a country capabilities brief during the second annual NATO Aviation Rotary Wing Summit at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort conference center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Nov. 2, 2... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
12th CAB hosts 21 Nations at Rotary Wing Summit
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Christopher Waters, commander of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, delivers the closing remarks to attendees of the second annual NATO Rotary Wing Summit at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort conference center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Nov. 3, 2... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
12th CAB hosts 21 Nations at Rotary Wing Summit
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Brig. Gen. Frank W. Tate, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Multinational Corps Northeast, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, delivers the keynote address to attendees of the second annual Strong Europe Aviation Rotary Wing Summit at the Edelweiss L... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
12th CAB hosts 21 Nations at Rotary Wing Summit
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Attendees of the second annual Strong Europe Aviation Rotary Wing Summit pose for a picture outside the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort conference center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Nov. 2, 2016. The conference, hosted by the 12th Combat Aviation Br... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany--Twenty-one NATO and Allied partner nations attended the second annual NATO Aviation Rotary Wing Summit, 1-3 Nov. 2016, here, at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort conference center.

The purpose of the conference was to assess challenges to tactical interoperability, build training opportunities to meet those challenges and to foster trust through formal and social interactions.

The keynote speaker was Brig. Gen. Frank W. Tate, the Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Multinational Corps Northeast, North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Tate's opening remarks stressed the importance of using the summit to advance interoperability in every aspect of rotary wing operations.

"It will take all of us and all of the rotary wing we can muster, working together, to meet the demand in the event of a high intensity conflict," said Tate.

The Summit took place at a strategic time of the year for most nations, before the annual Combined Training Conference (CTC). The CTC will take place in Oberammergau, where countries will commit to training events for FY 17 and beyond.

Senior leaders and aviators from Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Ukraine attended.

The conference used multiple small group sessions to address specific tactical challenges and limitations facing future training events. The subjects ranged from available training areas, MEDEVAC missions, attack operations and refuel procedures.

The dialogue shared between the nations established a framework for future joint interoperability, combined training opportunities, and a mutual understanding for improving freedom of maneuver throughout Europe.

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The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade trains and conducts aviation support across the full spectrum of unified land operations for United States Army Europe, European Command and our allied and NATO partners.

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