The handover ceremony at the summit of the European Air Group (EAG) was held on Wednesday 15 January in High Wycombe, England, between the chief of staff of the Air Force, air team general Alberto Rosso, outgoing director, and the head of the Belgian Air Force, major general Frederik Vansina, succeeding director.
European Air Group, General Rosso leaves the direction to the head of the Belgian Air Force
During his speech, General Rosso wanted to thank the staff of the EAG for the work done during his fifteen months of mandate, a particularly intense period in which fundamental activities were carried out to make European air forces more and more interoperable in the sectors operations, logistics, communication and information / cyber systems and force protection. General Rosso highlighted, in particular, how much the Group has grown and has also dedicated itself to new areas of interest, including the integration of fifth generation platforms with previous generations and the development of procedures for remotely piloted aircraft .
Major general Vansina, who becomes the 17th director of the European Air Group, during his greeting address, wanted to underline its value, highlighting how "For 22 years now, the EAG has been a unique, highly valuable and effective platform for launching and promoting initiatives aimed at increasing interoperability between the air forces of the seven participating nations. The main challenge we have is that to maintain the high level of interoperability acquired so far, taking into account that the air forces continue to modernize, using 5th generation aircraft and already working to develop the capabilities of the 6th ones. I am sure that we will have a bright future and that the 'European Air Group will remain the pioneer of Air Power in Europe ".