From the Public Affairs Office at Sheppard AFB:
Colonel Gregory Keeton, 80th Flying Training Wing Commander, is pleased to announce that the final signature for the Memorandum of Understanding between the 13 NATO-partner nations that make up the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program at Sheppard Air Force Base has officially granted Romania entry to the ENJJPT Program.
Expressing interest in 2015, a delegation from the Romanian government visited the 80th Flying Training Wing to gain more information and see the ENJJPT Program in action. Since then, discussions have continued amongst the partner nations and the Romanian government. The last partner to join the Program was Spain, in 1996.
The semi-annual Steering Committee of all partner members met here the beginning of March, with all but one signature finalized. The Steering Committee meets to discuss the curriculum, finalize the budget and determine future levels of participation amongst the partners.
Portugal signed the agreement March 21, 2017 and preparations began at the 80th Flying Training Wing to welcome the new partner nation (Romanian flag displays, ENJJPT patch updates, etc.)
An important reminder is that the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program is not a U.S. program. It is an international pilot training program hosted at a U.S. Air Force Base. It is the only internationally manned and managed undergraduate training program in the world, recently celebrating its 35th anniversary. More than 7,300 fighter pilots have been trained through the Program since 1981.
The next Steering Committee will be held in Oslo, Norway in September.