The Tactical Leadership Programme is a unique, stand alone organization based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Air Forces of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and United States of America.
A burden sharing principle sees the MOU Nations provide finance, support and personnel to the TLP along with airspace, infrastructure and support assets to the TLP courses.
Based on their contributions towards the TLP these Nations are entitled to send a number of students and participants to the respective course and have the right to influence the TLP’s activities. Other Nations such as Switzerland, Turkey or Poland have been invited as guests to the TLP courses.
Due to the TLP being located in Spain it is headed by a Spanish Air Force Colonel (NATO rank OF – 5) who is in charge of two Branches and a Support Unit; these Branches and Support Unit are headed by Lieutenant Colonels or equivalent (NATO rank OF – 4). The heads of the Flying and Academics Branches are drawn in rotation whereas the head of the Support Unit is always Spanish.
This is an image of an awacs taking off, at the end of the second training period this year
Thanks very much to the FlightAware team for choosing my photo for the daily newsletter.