NATO Secretary-General visits Sheppard Air Force Base

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The Secretary-General of NATO landed at Sheppard Air Force Base Friday and thanked some soon to be graduates for their service.

Jens Stoltenberg held a meet and greet with students on base and talked about how the 29 NATO allies are stronger together.

Stoltenberg is the former Norwegian Prime Minister,  who joined NATO in 2014, and says its key to continue training pilots as they are the prime deterrent to war.

Sheppard Air Force Base trains about 200 pilots each year and over time the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program has trained 10,000.

Stoltenberg says pilots are the first defense.

“NATO needs more pilots but I also welcome the very strong support of the United States and also the strong commitment of the president to NATO,” Stoltenberg said. “Not only in words, but in deeds, actions speak louder than words.”

NATO U.S. Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchinson, a former U.S. Senator from Texas, was also in attendance for Friday’s special ceremony.

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