German Tornados train at Mountain Home
The German air force is at Mountain Home to train with the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines through the end of October during the annual Mountain Roundup exercise.
"Mountain Roundup is an annual exercise that we have here hosting the German air force mission employment phase of their fighter weapons school, or their 'Top Gun,'" said Col. James McGovern, 366th Operations Group commander. "We've been doing it since 2004, and we're pretty excited to have them back here again."
More than 130 German air force personnel and eight Tornadoes traveled from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., to conduct the final stage of training for two pilots and two weapon systems officers completing the Fighter Weapons Instructor Course conducted by staff members with the German Air Force Flying Training Center. To them, Mountain Home is an ideal location.
"It's the airspace, the weather and the possibilities to have as much or as many different opponents or players that we can include," said Lt. Col. Bjoern Jansen, German air force detachment commander. "We have all the opportunities to fly against the guys that are stationed here and coming from different places, so it's a great opportunity to be here."