by Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez
621st Contingency Response Wing Public Affairs
9/10/2015 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- Approximately
40 African military personnel visited here to participate in the
African Partnership Flight hosted by the 621st Contingency Response Wing
Aug. 30 through Sept. 4.
The APF program, sponsored and developed by U.S. Air Forces in Europe
and Air Forces Africa, is the premier security cooperation program that
partners U.S. and African personnel to improve professional military
aviation knowledge, skills and cooperation. African nations that
participated in APF include Angola, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso,
Nigeria, Ghana and Tunisia.
"The strength of this program is in the partnerships among African Air
Forces and in each of us learning from each other while enhancing air
sovereignty, aviation security cooperation, and regional security," said
Maj. Gen. Rick Martin, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander.
"I know that the lessons learned and friendships we developed this week
will continue long after this event. I look forward to continuing the
During the weeklong engagement, U.S. Airmen from the 818th MSAS focused
on sharing ideas and experiences with African counterparts in the realm
of logistics management and aircraft maintenance in order to develop
mutual understanding and strengthen relationships between participants.
Additionally, the event featured interactive classroom discussions,
briefings and facility tours at the 621st CRW, 87th Air Base Wing, 305th
Air Mobility Wing, and the 1/150th Aviation Battalion.
"This event is about building networks and building partnerships, not
only with Americans but with their partner nations on the continent of
Africa" said Capt. Philippe Caraghiaur, 818th Mobility Support Advisory
Squadron operations flight commander and air advisor. "This event as a
whole is key to strengthening partnerships in the global theater. With
everything that we have going on around the world and in the continent
of Africa right now, there is no greater importance than building
According to 1st Lt. Armel Bama, Burkina Faso Air Force maintenance
officer, the African Partnership Flight interactions with the 818th MSAS
will help meet each country's goals.
"This whole Africa Partnership Flight and cooperation we're having
between the countries is the main goal is for us to have a better
world," he said, "and allows us to build security for our own countries,
our region, and the world."