NATO Days Photo Exhibition opens in the U.S.
After being successfully displayed in Brussels, Ramstein and Mons, the "NATO Days in Ostrava & Czech Air Force Days: Our security is not given“ Photo Exhibition is heading to the United States. The display has been opened for viewing at the Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.
Mapping the 10 years of the prestigious international event, the NATO Days photo exhibition was opened on 21 September by Alexandr Vondra, Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic and by Maj.-Gen. Everett Thomas, Vice Commander Air Force Global Strike Command at the Barksdale Global Power Museum. „Barksdale Air Force Base is our strategic overseas partner,“ says Zbyněk Pavlačík, Jagello 2000 chairman, who was also present at the opening ceremony. It was the Louisiana Base from where the most attractive aircraft arrived to Ostrava this year – the two B-52 Stratofortress bombers. The planes were the show´s highlights at the Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport, displaying not only in the static park, but also in the dynamic air presentation, for the very first time.
“We have made support of NATO Days program a priority in honour of our commitment to our NATO allies in the Czech Republic and the region. We are excited about the continued cooperation with Jagello 2000 and the Czech Air Force and Czech Army as we go forward,” remarked then Colonel Joe Jones, Vice Commander of the 307th Bomb Wing who was also witnessing the exhibition´s opening. Col Jones is inextricably linked to the NATO Days event since he has brought in the B-52 repeatedly. Also present at the ceremony were representatives of the Ostrava City, thanks to the City´s generous support to the NATO Days event.
The photo exhibition was first presented in the NATO HQ in Brussels this January. It was displayed to mark the ten years of NATO Days in Ostrava and as a thank you for the long term NATO’s financial support, traditional Alliance’s AWACS aircraft presentations, the Public Diplomacy Division exposition at the Ostrava event itself and, last but not least, for the significant Alliance’s contribution to our security.
The exhibition then moved to the Ramstein Air Force base, Germany in March to present the NATO Days to the Alliance Air Chiefs during their official meeting there. Next prestigious venue was the Allied Command Operations / SHAPE in Mons, Belgium where the display was opened by Adm. James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and where distinguished guests included Gen. Vlastimil Picek, outgoing Chief of Staff of Czech Armed Forces and his successor, Gen. Petr Pavel.
Meanwhile intensive discussions were going on about moving the exhibition to the U.S. where it should stay till next Spring. “We have added extra photographs from this year’s NATO Days in Ostrava to the original ones and we believe our US colleagues will appreciate the exhibition. We see it also as a broader tool of presenting the Czech Republic and Ostrava City where the original idea emerged,” concludes Pavlačík.
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