About Army Flight Operations Detachment (AFOD)
Our Mission

U.S. Army Europe and Africa - Army Flight Operations Detachment (AFOD) coordinates U.S. Army aviation operations with the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force Europe, NATO military agencies, and civil aeronautical authorities throughout Europe.

AFOD coordinates search and rescue operations for the Commanding General of USAREUR-AF and operates the European Theater's DoD Internet based Notice to Airmen System.

AFOD provide aeronautical services to USAREUR-AF aviators involving notice to airmen, flight data processing, and flight data coordination and also interprets and explains aviation regulations and procedures for U.S. Army aviators regarding European Theater procedures.

AFOD Leadership



Commander   XO

CW5 Christopher N. Hise



CW4 Gabriel A. Tatom


What We Do

Notices to Airmen

AFOD operates a central NOTAM facility for the USAREUR-AF NOTAM System. AFOD NOTAM compiles and distributes NOTAM information on U.S. AAFs and AHPs, and on activities conducted by aviation units.

The AFOD also receives and files NOTAM information from national and international NOTAM systems. This information is partially reissued in USAREUR-AF NOTAM summaries (NOSUMs), and made available for NOTAM briefings. USAREUR-AF NOSUMs are specifically tailored to the customers’ needs.

Information on airports and facilities not covered by NOSUMs can be obtained by contacting AFOD NOTAM.

Pre-Flight Information Bulletins can be provided by email for any flight plan filed with AFOD.

Pre-Flight Information Bulletins will be distributed upon request by providing AFOD NOTAM with PIC email and requested time (number of hours prior to EOTB) of delivery.

Flight Data Processing

The flight data processing section serves as the primary interface between airfield base operations and aircrews. Flight plans and related operational messages are routed through this section for processing and dissemination to the appropriate international military or civil air traffic authority. Civilian specialists provide assistance for planning instrument flight routes to aviators and de-conflicts departure slots with the Eurocontrol’s Network Manager (former Central Flow Management Unit).

Once an aircraft becomes airborne, flight data processing establishes monitoring and procedural tracking of the aircraft’s progress. All messages relating to the status of a flight are relayed to this section. If an aircraft should become overdue at its destination, the civilian specialists will initiate a communications search. This section also coordinates Air Traffic Flow Management messages and operates 24/7.

Flight Operations

The flight operations section maintains a military interface with the local national employees who operate the aeronautical information and processing sections. As the coordinating element for all operational issues, it provides centralized control for emergency actions and notification of all precautionary landings and aircraft mishaps to USAREUR-AF’s Command Center and Safety Office. Additionally, flight operations investigates alleged aircraft violations and near-miss reports, provides technical assistance to USAREUR-AF aviators in mission planning, conducts briefings for newly assigned USAREUR-AF aviators, and performs website management.