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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Castle Forge multinational exercise: US Strike Eagles return to Romania and Bulgaria

US F-15E Strike Eagles have returned to the Borcea Air Base in Romania and the Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Bulgaria for the second phase of forward dispersals supporting operation Castle Forge, a multinational training event that demonstrates Agile Combat Employment.

“Castle Forge is designed to exercise the agility and rapid movement of air power to forward locations, raising the US commitment to NATO allies in the Black Sea region while demonstrating the alliance’s combined ability to respond with a flexible, reassuring presence,” reads a press release from the US Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa quoted by local Agerpres.

The Strike Eagles initially arrived at the Larissa Air Base in Greece on October 6 for training alongside F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Hellenic Air Force. From October 18 to October 22, they operated from the Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Bulgaria and the Borcea Air Base in Romania for the first forward dispersal phase of Castle Forge. Then, they returned to Greece. Training will continue in Romania and Bulgaria for the next several days.

“Castle Forge is one of the best opportunities we’ve had to test how we deliver air power from locations with varying levels of capacity and support,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of USAFE-AFAFRICA and NATO Allied Air Command. “As this operation continues, we are increasing the complexity, speed, and flexibility of our movements – and we’re doing it with our allies – because that’s exactly the way we would fight if called upon.”

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Usafe.af.mil; photo by Capt. Andrew Layton)

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Castle Forge multinational exercise: US Strike Eagles return to Romania and Bulgaria

US F-15E Strike Eagles have returned to the Borcea Air Base in Romania and the Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Bulgaria for the second phase of forward dispersals supporting operation Castle Forge, a multinational training event that demonstrates Agile Combat Employment.

“Castle Forge is designed to exercise the agility and rapid movement of air power to forward locations, raising the US commitment to NATO allies in the Black Sea region while demonstrating the alliance’s combined ability to respond with a flexible, reassuring presence,” reads a press release from the US Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa quoted by local Agerpres.

The Strike Eagles initially arrived at the Larissa Air Base in Greece on October 6 for training alongside F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Hellenic Air Force. From October 18 to October 22, they operated from the Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Bulgaria and the Borcea Air Base in Romania for the first forward dispersal phase of Castle Forge. Then, they returned to Greece. Training will continue in Romania and Bulgaria for the next several days.

“Castle Forge is one of the best opportunities we’ve had to test how we deliver air power from locations with varying levels of capacity and support,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of USAFE-AFAFRICA and NATO Allied Air Command. “As this operation continues, we are increasing the complexity, speed, and flexibility of our movements – and we’re doing it with our allies – because that’s exactly the way we would fight if called upon.”

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Usafe.af.mil; photo by Capt. Andrew Layton)

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