The NAMFI evaluation team national representatives for both the U.S. and Germany, U.S. Army Maj. Richard Smothers, an air defense artillery fire control officer assigned to the 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and German Air Force Lt. Col. Martin Herter, assigned to Air Force Command, discussed the validation process while adhering to COVID-19 prevention guidelines Nov. 17, 2020 here at the NATO Missile Firing Installation(NAMFI). NAMFI is a German led, Greece hosted installation and supported by The Netherlands. NAMFI has taken the COVID-19 risk into account and put forward strict guidance to combat the spread of the virus during the NAMFI 20 live fire. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Vincent Wilson)
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The NAMFI evaluation team national representatives for both the U.S. and Germany, U.S. Army Maj. Richard Smothers, an air defense artillery fire control officer assigned to the 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and German Air Force Lt. Col. Martin Herter, assigned to Air Force Command, discussed the validation process while adhering to COVID-19 prevention guidelines Nov. 17, 2020 here at the NATO Missile Firing Installation(NAMFI). NAMFI is a German led, Greece hosted installation and supported by The Netherlands. NAMFI has taken the COVID-19 risk into account and put forward strict guidance to combat the spread of the virus during the NAMFI 20 live fire. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Vincent Wilson) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Vincent Wilson) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Sfc. Pablo Rodriguez, a patriot missile operator assigned to the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and an evaluator for NAMFI 20, observes German airmen here on Nov. 17, 2020 at the NATO Missile Firing Installation(NAMFI). NAMFI is a German led, Greece hosted installation and supported by The Netherlands. The NAMFI live fire takes place on the Greek Island of Crete and is conducted by over 600 personnel from the U.S., Greece, Germany and the Netherlands; and provides invaluable experience to participants by giving them a chance to build partnership as well experience in a multinational environment. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Vincent Wilson)
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Sfc. Pablo Rodriguez, a patriot missile operator assigned to the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and an evaluator for NAMFI 20, observes German airmen here on Nov. 17, 2020 at the NATO Missile Firing Installation(NAMFI). NAMFI is a German led, Greece hosted installation and supported by The Netherlands. The NAMFI live fire takes place on the Greek Island of Crete and is conducted by over 600 personnel from the U.S., Greece, Germany and the Netherlands; and provides invaluable experience to participants by giving them a chance to build partnership as well experience in a multinational environment. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Vincent Wilson) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Vincent Wilson) VIEW ORIGINAL
Netherlands Air Force Lt. Col. Rudi Snel, team chief of the exercises evaluation team assigned to NATO Air Command Headquarters, and HQ Air Comm. representative and logistics officer U.S. Air Force Maj. Jones Smith observed and discussed the validation process Nov. 17, 2020 here at the NATO Missile Firing Installation(NAMFI). NAMFI is a German led, Greece hosted installation and supported by The Netherlands. The NAMFI live fire takes place on the Greek Island of Crete and is conducted by over 600 personnel from the U.S., Greece, Germany and the Netherlands; and is crucial to building partnerships and an interoperable air and missile defense force. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Vincent Wilson)
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Netherlands Air Force Lt. Col. Rudi Snel, team chief of the exercises evaluation team assigned to NATO Air Command Headquarters, and HQ Air Comm. representative and logistics officer U.S. Air Force Maj. Jones Smith observed and discussed the validation process Nov. 17, 2020 here at the NATO Missile Firing Installation(NAMFI). NAMFI is a German led, Greece hosted installation and supported by The Netherlands. The NAMFI live fire takes place on the Greek Island of Crete and is conducted by over 600 personnel from the U.S., Greece, Germany and the Netherlands; and is crucial to building partnerships and an interoperable air and missile defense force. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Vincent Wilson) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Vincent Wilson) VIEW ORIGINAL

CHANIA, Greece - Soldiers from the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), U.S. Air Force personnel, and NATO allies are preparing for the annual NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) live fire exercise, Nov. 18, 2020. The NAMFI live fire is designed to enhance interoperability among NATO allies and partners to increase readiness through the integration of land component air and missile defense capabilities.

NAMFI is a German led, Greece hosted exercise and is supported by The Netherlands. The NAMFI live fire takes place on the Greek Island of Crete and is conducted by more than 600 personnel from the U.S., Greece, Germany and the Netherlands. This year's live fire marks the return of U.S. personnel to the exercise after a three-year hiatus. On Monday, U.S. Patriot operators will fire four missiles from German Patriot missile platforms.

The mission is for ground forces to establish a fully integrated and partnered surface-based air defense operations cell and then conduct a live fire exercise, explained Netherlands Air Force Lt. Col. Rudi Snel, assigned to NATO Air Command Headquarters. Snel, who is also the Team Chief of the exercises evaluation team, said this will all be accomplished while being graded by a team of 51 evaluators.

“U.S. involvement in this exercise is in part to increase interoperability and readiness alongside our allies in order to deter aggression in the region”, said U.S. Army Maj. Richard Smothers, an air defense artillery fire control officer assigned to the 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and the U.S.’ national representative here. He added that sharing experiences, tasks and information among allies increases readiness and lethality as a whole and is a valuable takeaway from the exercise.

U.S. and NATO allies will be participating in the exercise via force integration training by embedding in German Air Force Air Missile Defense teams assigned to Air Defense MissileWing 1. U.S. soldiers are integrating into German units, using German equipment to accomplish the mission as a single entity. Executing the exercise in this manner is intended to build partnership between NATO allies as well as give individual servicemembers familiarization and experience in multinational operations, even in the midst of a pandemic.