The 505th Command and Control Wing and members of the French air force exchanged ideas and views on air operations training during a visit to the Center of Analysis and Simulation for the Preparation of Air Operations, or CASPOA, Lyon, France, Sept. 3-5.

The 505th Training Squadron commander and French exchange officer visited CASPOA, also known as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Air Operations Center of Excellence, or AO COE. The AO COE is a multi-national manned, French-funded organization located at Base Aérienne 942 Lyon Mount-Verdun.

The AO COE’s mission is to enhance AO across the NATO Command and Force Structure and support the development of AO capabilities, concepts, and doctrine. The CASPOA draws on experiences and skills within AO, technical simulation, and air command and control systems domains while providing French and NATO’s primary tactical AO training to warfighters who, plan, task, and execute C2 of airpower.

During the visit, the 505th TRS commander, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kari Mott, met with French air force Col. Emmanuel Singaraud, CASPOA commander, to discuss their unit missions and best practices in overcoming shared challenges.