While there are similarities to the first Aegis Ashore
site at Deveselu, Olivas said Poland has a few challenges of its own.
“We’re challenged by the short daylight in the winter. And there are some language issues. But it’s been
enjoyable living in the community. The Polish people
are so nice, and willing to help,” he said.
Even so, Olivas says ordering in a restaurant can
still be tricky.
“Order what you want, but eat what you get,” he said
with a smile.
Olivas has never been on an Aegis cruiser, but was
amazed with the Aegis Ashore concept when he heard
“I can’t believe somebody thought this up. It’s
awesome what we’re doing here.” n
Edward Lundquist traveled to Redzikowo, Poland, to report
on this story.
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and other officials receive a
tour of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System facility in Deveselu,
Romania, May 11, 2016. The facility was certified as operational on
May 12 and marked a key milestone in Phase II of the European Phased
Adaptive Approach to missile defense.