WARSAW, Poland - Poland and the United States have signed an agreement that will allow U.S. Air Force to station its troops and aircraft permanently in Poland.

Poland's Defence Minister Bogdan Klich and U.S. Ambassador Lee Feinstein signed the agreement on Monday.

According to the memorandum, starting in 2013, a U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment will be the first ever to be permanently stationed in Poland. It will provide support for U.S. F-16 fighters and C-130 transport aircraft.

Poland, a NATO member since 1999, is a staunch U.S. ally.