In a recent training operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, U.S. Special Operations forces on the ground coordinated with two U.S. Air Force F-16s in a close air support drill. This bilateral exercise was a response to rising tensions and secessionist movements in the country, specifically within the Republic of Srpska territory. The U.S. Embassy emphasized America’s commitment to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s territorial integrity, citing the 1995 Dayton Accords and the Bosnian constitution, which disallow any secession.
The U.S. military exercise, involving air-to-ground training with Army Special Forces and local troops, took place in the Tuzla and Brcko region. It featured joint terminal attack controllers (JTAC) directing military aircraft for ground support. The drills also received support from a KC-135 Stratotanker, providing aerial refueling for the F-16s. The exercise, led by U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa and supported by U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, demonstrates the U.S. military’s rapid deployment capabilities and its commitment to supporting allies and partners