by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Wilson
USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs
3/23/2014 - LUANDA, Angola -- More
than 20 U.S. Air Force Airmen arrived here last week to participate in
African Partnership Flight, cohosted by Angola and the U.S.
This year Airmen from the Angolan air force; Zambian air force; and U.S.
Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, the 818th
Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, and Portuguese speakers from the
Language Enabled Airman Program are participating in the event.
"It is great to be here in Luanda with our partners from Angola and
Zambia," said Lt. Col. Peter Larsen, APF mission commander. "We plan to
take full advantage of this opportunity to learn from each other so we
come out of this experience more cohesive partners for the future."
African Partnership Flight is a collaborative learning environment,
which helps air forces from the U.S. and partner nations in Africa work
better together. The first APF was hosted in March 2012 and the program
has since become a premier program for U.S. Africa Command to help
foster security and stability throughout Africa.
This APF includes classroom discussions as well as hands-on experience
with topics including mission planning, disaster preparedness and cargo
Throughout the week of APF, the USAFE Band ensemble Touch n' Go will be
performing outreach events for the community and local schools.
The overall goal of APF is to strengthen the partnerships between the
United States and air forces in Africa to continue building regional air
force cooperation capabilities.