Interviewee: Brigadier General Gregory Brady
10th AAMDC USAREUR Commanding General
Astral Knight 2020 is a joint, multinational exercise involving Airmen and Soldiers from the United States working with service members from Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Sweden. The exercise is an integrated air and missile defense exercise focused on conducting defense of key terrain. Training will involve a combination of flight operations and computer-assisted scenarios. The aircrafts in the exercise include U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-15 Eagle, KC-135 Stratotanker, KC-10 Extender, E-3 Sentry and B-52 Stratofortress aircraft, as well as Polish F-16s, SU-22s and Mi-17 aircraft. U.S. Army Europe plans to provide soldiers and equipment to operate the Patriot surface-to-air missile system, this exercise aims to develop and exercise an enduring regional integrated air and missile defense architecture, command and control integrations, coordination and interoperability of air and land capabilities with overlapping operations into the integrated air and missile defense enterprise.