Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force Visits Estonia, Extends Congratulations

Thursday, July 11

General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, will visit Estonia July 13-14 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Estonian Air Force.  During his visit, he will meet with leadership from the Ministry of Defense and Estonian Defense Forces, and will attend the air show at Ämari Air Base.

“I want to congratulate the Estonian Air Force on the hundredth anniversary of their establishment, and underline the value their service members bring to NATO.  Moreover, air and naval assets are vitally import to maintaining access to NATO members in the Baltic region, and Estonia’s Air Force plays a critical role in accomplishing that.  We respect and appreciate our Estonian counterparts not just as Allies, but as partners to teach and learn from while we improve our Alliance’s interoperability by air, by land, by sea, and today, in the cyber realm.”

Prior to assuming his current position, General Goldfein was the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, where he presided over the Air Staff and served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group.  Before serving as the Vice Chief, General Goldfein was the Director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

The U.S. has provided more than $100 million in combined security assistance to Estonia over the last several years, and conducts nearly 150 military-to-military engagements per year, with over 60 of those taking place with U.S. personnel in Estonia.