A-10 Thunderbolt IIs taxi to a parking spot on the flight line at Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, Oct. 9, 2014. The jets flew in as part of a coronet, which is the term the Air Force uses to describe the movement of jets coming in, refueling, and departing the island. (Air Force photo by SSgt. Zachary Wolf.) (Click on image above to reach wallpaper version.)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.