More than 600 personnel from Greece, the US, Germany and the Netherlands participated in the NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) 2020, held between November 12-27 on the Greek Island of Crete.
This year's live fire marks the return of U.S. personnel to the exercise after a three-year hiatus.
“The Namfi live fire is a huge training opportunity for all soldiers involved and not only helps build partnership by working towards the same goal but it also provides an opportunity to update our own techniques, tactics and procedure for the better,” said Sgt. Maj. Robert Morgan, 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade command sergeant major.
“I think this exercise went excellent. We had a lot of things we couldn't control such as the weather, different aspects of missile hazard, and COVID and we pushed through and made it happen,” said Sgt.1st Class Thad Beckendorf.
NATO Missile Firing Installation is a German-led, Greek-hosted multinational air defense live fire exercise.
The NAMFI live fire is designed to enhance interoperability among NATO allies and partners to increase readiness through the integration of land component air and missile defense capabilities.
We thank Greece for hosting the NAMFI 2020 live fire exercise in Chania, an excellent opportunity for our countries to work together while enhancing interoperability between U.S. Air Defense Artillery forces and NATO Partner nations. Credit: AFN/Seaman Jacob Vernier. pic.twitter.com/9symjkCjjt
— U.S. Embassy Athens (@USEmbassyAthens) December 2, 2020
On social media, the US Embassy in Athens thanked Greece for hosting the NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) 2020.
The embassy described the drill as “an excellent opportunity for our countries to work together while enhancing interoperability between US Air Defense Artillery forces and NATO partner nations.”
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