NATO's Combined Air Operations Centre in Torrejón de Ardoz (CAOC TJ) honored French National Day hosting a ceremony where the French flag was raised. France’s personnel contributes to the daily operations of the centre.
Staff belonging to the French Embassy attended to the ceremony chaired by Lieutenant General Fernando de la Cruz , Commander of CAOC TJ,
Lieutenant General de la Cruz expressed his gratitude to all the countries for their active contribution to the air police missions carried out and commanded constantly by this NATO’s facility, in order to reinforce air space’s security on the southern flank of the Alliance.
Following the solemn raising of the flag, several Spanish servicemen were awarded with French decorations in recognition of their participation and special dedication during the operations conducted in collaboration with Spanish forces in different areas of operations within the African continent.