Where else are Royal Netherlands Air Force personnel stationed?

A large number of Royal Netherlands Air Force personnel work at locations in Europe and the United States. 

The Royal Netherlands Air Force in Europe

A number of Air Force personnel do not work for one of the Air Force’s units or at one of the air bases in the Netherlands, but at other locations in Europe. This could involve units or members of personnel acting as points of contact for the Air Force or the Netherlands Defence organisation. An overview per country:

  • Belgium

    Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons.
    NATO headquarters, Brussels.
  • Germany

    Headquarters Allied Air Command in Ramstein.
    The Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem (CAOC-U) in Uedem.
    Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) in Kalkar.
    NATO Airborne Early Warning Force in Geilenkirchen.
    Luftwaffenführungskommando in Cologne.
  • Greece

    NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) on Crete.
  • United Kingdom

    European Air Group in High Wycombe.
  • Hungary

    Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) in Pápa.
  • Italy

    Headquarters Allied Joint Force Command in Naples.
  • Netherlands Central Staff of the Ministry of Defence in The Hague. Operations centre and policy divisions.

    Defence Explosives Ordnance Disposal Service in Soesterberg.
    Defence Ground-based Air Defence Company in Vredepeel.
    Headquarters Allied Joint Force Command in Brunssum.
    Multinational Coordination Centre Europe in Eindhoven.
    Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Hoofddorp.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force in the United States

A number of Royal Netherlands Air Force personnel work at locations in the United States. This involves positions at embassies and aviation industry companies, but particularly positions at flight training locations. An overview of training locations:

  • Fort Rucker: basic training for helicopter pilots.
  • Fort Hood: training for Apache and Chinook helicopter pilots and airmobile operations.
  • Fort Sill: coordination with US ground-based air defence and air defence training.
  • Sheppard: fighter pilot training.
  • Tucson: F-16 training for fighter pilots.

Eglin for training purposes, Edwards for the F-35 test and evaluation phase

The first F-35 squadron was established in November 2014 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where 25 Royal Netherlands Air Force personnel are following an F-35 training course. In a few years’ time the F-35 will replace the F-16 as fighter aircraft. Prior to the introduction of the F-35, 323 Squadron is responsible for the operational test and evaluation phase (OT&E). To this end, the detachment relocated to Edwards Air Force Base in California at the end of 2014. The United States, Great Britain and the Netherlands will extensively test the new aircraft here until the end of 2018.