September 9, 2004 (by Tiger31) - For the second consecutive year 31 'Tiger' Squadron was able to capture the famous "Silver Tiger Award". This time however, it was a ex-aequo with the German 321 Squadron.
Yesterday, four Belgian F-16 AM's returned from the German airbase at Schleswig to their home-base at Kleine Brogel. They attended the annual "Tiger Meet" between 30 August and 6 September 2004.
This is the seventh time overall that the award goes to Kleine Brogel. So, no further proof is needed for the dedication and professionalism of the pilots and ground crews of this famous Belgian airbase.
Tigers have been around since 1961 when the Association started with a meeting between three Squadrons: 74 (Fighter) Squadron, Royal Air Force, Escadron de Chase 1/12, Armee de l'Air and the 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, United States Air Force. Most, but not all, of the NATO Tigers reside in Europe and the vast majority are part of NATO. The membership has changed over the years as new members applied and others got caught up in force reductions mostly following the end of the Cold War. The recent NATO expansion has enabled them to welcome a number of new members.