NATO fighters have provided air sovereignty to Baltic member states Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania since 2004, something European defense cuts are rendering increasingly complicated, Maj. Gen. Mark Schissler, US Air Forces in Europe's director of plans, programs and analyses, told the Daily Report in an interview at USAFE headquarters at Ramstein AB, Germany, Jan. 10, 2011. With projected cuts to European fighter forces, maintaining the air policing mission will be "harder to do," albeit not impossible, he said. Here, a German air force F-4 from the unit currently participating in the air policing mission takes off. The Germans began a three-month air policing rotation at the Lithuanian air base in Siauliai on Jan. 5, 2011.
German air force photo
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