An airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, talks with a Polish air force member about C-130 Hercules procedures Jan. 28 at Powidz Air Base, Poland. (Senior Airman Nathan Lipscomb/Air Force)
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LOCATION: This vast military installation is also in rural central Poland, about 70 miles northwest of Lodz.
MISSION: Powidz has become a hub of U.S. military rotational activity in recent months. Just weeks after the Russian invasion of Crimea, U.S. Army paratroopers were training here, jumping out of U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo planes temporarily deployed to the base. The base’s rural location makes it well suited for infantry training. The U.S. Air Force has been refurbishing and selling C-130 cargo planes to the Polish air wing here for several years. And Powidz is also increasingly used as a base for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; it’s a primary base for the mission to monitor NATO’s new eastern frontier with E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control Systems. The U.S. Air Force recently sent KC-135 tankers to support the AWACS mission that was expanded in response to the crisis in Ukraine.
LIFESTYLE: Not much happening nearby; the base is a good distance from any major cities, although it’s close to a large Polish national park.