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Royal Netherlands Air Force visits Holloman

Netherlands defense and military officials visited Holloman to tour the facilities where their MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators are being trained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Col. Joseph Campo, 49th Wing commander, greets Admiral Rob Bauer, Netherlands Chief of Defense, Feb. 1, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Bauer visited Holloman with Lt. Gen. Dennis Luyt, Royal Netherlands Air Force commander, to see where their MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft pilots and sensor operators have been training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Netherlands defense and military officials visited Holloman to tour the facilities where their MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators are being trained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Capt. David Asche, 6th Attack Squadron flight commander, shows live feed televisions to Admiral Rob Bauer, Netherlands Chief of Defense and Lt. Gen. Dennis Luyt, Royal Netherlands Air Force commander, Feb. 1, 2019, in the 6th Attack Squadron on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Netherlands defense and military officials visited Holloman to tour the facilities where their MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators are being trained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Netherlands defense and military officials visited Holloman to tour the facilities where their MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators are being trained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Capt. Trevor Miller, 6th Attack Squadron flight commander, describes a block 30 cockpit to foreign defense and military, Feb. 1, 2019, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Netherlands defense and military officials visited Holloman to tour the facilities where their MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators are being trained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Netherlands defense and military officials visited Holloman to tour the facilities where their MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators are being trained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Netherlands defense and military officials pose in front of an MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft static display, Feb. 1, 2019, on the flightline on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Netherlands defense and military officials visited Holloman to tour the facilities where their MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators are being trained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Netherlands defense and military officials visited Holloman to tour the facilities where their MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators are being trained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Lt. Gen. Dennis Luyt, Royal Netherlands Air Force commander, smulates flying an MQ-9 Reaper, Feb. 1, 2019, in the 16th Attack Squadron on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Netherlands defense and military officials visited Holloman to tour the facilities where their MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators are being trained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Senior leadership from the Royal Netherlands Air Force toured the 49th Wing, Feb. 1, 2019, to visit two Dutch pilots and two sensor operators in the MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft training program here.

The RNLAF bought four MQ-9 Reapers recently as well as other mission oriented equipment for more than 300 million dollars and train their MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators at Holloman.

“You guys have shown us a great deal of hospitality here,” said Lt. Gen. Dennis Luyt, Royal Netherlands Air Force commander. “It has been a great visit.”

The visit brought the Chief of Defense of the Netherlands, Royal Netherlands Air Force commander, Defense Attaché of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Defense Attache of the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands – and others to tour the 6th Attack Squadron and 16th Training Squadron. They observed the premier training their Airmen have learned.

“We have been here since the beginning of December and will leave in May,” said Maj. Martin, Netherlands 306th Squadron director of operations. “Holloman is a good place to train with the MQ-9...”

The RNLAF has been training here since December 2018, and base leadership was excited for the opportunity to offer integrated pilot training to a valued coalition partner. The Netherlands have been an ally to the United States since the American Revolution.

“Training foreign allies is a core mission based on building effective forces,” said Col. Joseph Campo, 49th Wing commander. “Visits are critical for both of us because if we are familiar with each other, our partnership capabilities will be much stronger.”