Commander of the Heavy Airlift Wing, Colonel Trevor W. Nitz of the United States Air Force, hands over the guidon of the HAW Logistics Support Squadron to Lieutenant Colonel Rickhard Nordfjäll of the Royal Swedish Air Force. Photo: HAW / SSgt Christopher Chicarelli.
Lieutenant Colonel Nordfjäll assumed the command of the LSS from Lieutenant Colonel Kjell-Arne Nilsen of the Royal Norwegian Air Force. After four years of service as the Commander of the LSS, Lt Col Nilsen's next assignment will be as Weapon Systems Manager for Multi-Engine Aircraft at the Norwegian Defence Forces Materiel Command.
Prior to his appointment as the Commander of the LSS, Lt Col Nordfjäll served as the Commander of the Training, Exercise & Evaluation Department of the Royal Swedish Air Force Air Warfare Centre. Since graduation as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer in 1990, he has held numerous positions in different aircraft maintenance units. In 2001, Lt Col Nordfjäll completed the Staff Officer course at the National Defence University in Stockholm.
As the Commander of the LSS, Lt Col Nordfjäll draws upon his extensive experience from multinational military cooperation. He has deployed three times to Bosnia & Herzegovina, serving at the NATO IFOR/SFOR and EUFOR ALTHEA operations. In addition, he has served as the national lead for the Swedish contribution to NATO interoperability through CWID and CWIX programs.
Lieutenant Colonel Rickhard Nordfjäll and Lieutenant Colonel Kjell-Arne Nilsen. Photo: HAW / Christopher Chicarelli.
About the Logistics Support Squadron
The LSS is one of three squadrons in the multinational Heavy Airlift Wing. It is in charge of providing the Wing with a variety of logistics support functions. The squadron consists of sections for Maintenance, Supply, Aerial Port and Aircrew Flight Equipment Support. LSS Flying Crew Chiefs (FCCs), specialists in aircraft maintenance, travel with the SAC C-17As as a part of the crew to perform maintenance at en-route locations.
Vehicle Maintenance ensures that SAC vehicles are in top condition for licensed drivers to use. The LSS Supply Section works in conjunction with Boeing to ensure parts and support equipment are available to the aircraft maintainers, both at home station as well as en-route. The LSS Aircrew Flight Equipment Section ensures that Aircrew Flight Equipment is maintained for the safety of the aircrew and passengers. The LSS Aerial Port ensures safe loading and unloading of passengers and cargo at home station, provides airdrop training support, and ensures compliance with cargo air transport regulations at all aerial ports where SAC C-17s operate.
In addition to all these duties, the LSS works continuously with HDF Pápa Air Base and the civilian authorities of Hungary on many support issues such as exercise support, ground transportation, customs and other services.
LSS Aerial Port ensures safe loading and unloading of passengers and cargo at home station, provides airdrop training support, and ensures compliance with cargo air transport regulations at all aerial ports where SAC C-17s operate. Photo: HAW / Ville Tuokko.
About the Strategic Airlift Capability
Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC), established in 2008, is a multinational program that provides its 12 member nations with assured access to military airlift capability by owning and operating three Boeing C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo aircraft.
SAC is based at the Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF) Pápa Air Base, Hungary.
The SAC Nations are the NATO members Hungary (program host nation), Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the United States and NATO Partnership for Peace nations Finland and Sweden. Each participating nation owns a share of the available flight hours of the SAC C-17s to serve the needs of their national defence, NATO, EU or UN commitments and humanitarian relief efforts.
SAC consists of the 12-nation Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) and the NATO Airlift Management Programme Office (NAM PO). The HAW is the operational unit and the NAM PO, an integral part of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), is the acquisition and sustainment authority of the SAC C-17 weapon system.
NAM PO contracts Boeing via a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement to provide technical support for the SAC C-17 aircraft.