General William M. Fraser III, Commander USTRANSCOM, visits Pápa Airbase

01 August 2013

On 25 July 2013, General William M. Fraser III, commander United States (US) Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), visited Pápa Airbase. USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the United States Department of Defence.

During the visit, General Fraser and a delegation of US Air Force officials were informed on the current status of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) Program, the union of the NATO Airlift Management (NAM) Programme and the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW), and on the on-going infrastructure developments at Pápa Airbase.

Representatives of the major parties at Pápa Air Base, the NAM Programme Office, the HAW, the Boeing Company and the Hungarian Defence Force briefed on their respective areas. The NAM Weapon Systems Manager, Mr Brent Deen, highlighted the important position the United States has within the SAC Program. The United States is not only a participating nation and biggest contributor to the military staff of the HAW, it is also an important partner for the NAM Programme.

Through Foreign Military Sales (FMS), the US government facilitated selling of two of the three aircraft (the third was the US contribution to the SAC Program) and delivery of spare parts, spare engines, counter measure systems, services, maintenance and training. A common configuration makes intensive cooperation with the US Air Force and other owners of C-17s possible, allowing parts and personnel to be exchanged around the globe.

"This visit has been very helpful for me for understanding the different challenges you face here." Stated General Fraser.

The visit ended with a windshield tour on the base and a photo session near the flag park.