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Dear Members and Friends,

A week ago this evening, on the island of Crete, Greece, MDAA honored and recognized with Lieutenant General Dieter Naskrent, Vice Chief of the German Air Force; Major General Lazaros Skylakis, Commander of NAMFI, Greek Army; Brigadier General Michael Gschossmann, Director of Ground Based Operations, German Air Force; Colonel Jen Eickhoff, Commander 10th AAMDC, US Army and Command Sergeant Major Steve Burnley, 10th AAMDC, U.S. Army, the best missile and defense crews from Germany and the United States that participated in the live fire of 37 Patriot interceptors. Medals were given to the best German Launching Crew, the best German Tactical Firing Crew, the best American Tactical Firing Crew, the best German Patriot Maintainer, and the best German Patriot Logistician.

At dusk, in an absolutely stunning backdrop with two Patriot Launchers facing each other, this prestigious German military scripted event took place in front of a few hundred German and United States airmen and soldiers in formation bringing the due honor and respect to the award recipients. The culminating event brought two Allied countries together with one Allied country hosting the exercise on behalf of the mission for their alliance in NATO and demonstrated true partnership capacity building in interoperability, trust and execution, thereby force multiplying the NATO mission of integrated Air and Missile Defense of the Alliance.

On behalf of our advocacy in making the world a safer place with the deployment of air and missile defenses, we are extremely humbled and honored to bring our NATO nations together to be recognized for their critical mission in making Europe a safer place. We send our great appreciation to Germany, Greece and the United States for their leadership and vision in developing this invaluable team of men and women to defend our freedoms.

Respectfully,
Riki Ellison

Chairman and Founder

Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance

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MDAA’s mission is to make the world safer by advocating for the development and deployment of missile defense systems to defend the United States, its armed forces and its allies against missile threats.

MDAA is the only organization in existence whose primary mission is to educate the American public about missile defense issues and to recruit, organize, and mobilize proponents to advocate for the critical need of missile defense. We are a non-partisan membership-based and membership-funded organization that does not advocate on behalf of any specific system, technology, architecture or entity.