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Burundi soldiers prepare to load onto a C-17 Globemaster Dec. 13, 2013 at Bujmumbura Airport, Burundi. In coordination with the French military and African Union, the U.S. military provided airlift support to transport Burundi soldiers, food and supplies in the Central African Republic. This support is aimed at enabling African forces to deploy promptly to prevent further spread of sectarian violence and restore security in CAR. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Erik Cardenas) Mobility Airmen ready and responsive anytime, anywhere
As the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela drew the world's attention to the African continent, mobility Airmen raced against the clock to ensure President Obama's security, communications, and mission support was in place.Within days those would become part of an international effort to help end violence in the Central African
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General Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, speaks with the leadership of the 449th Air Expeditionary Group at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Dec. 14, 2013. The general and Chief Master Sgt. James Davis, USAFE-AFAFRICA command chief, traveled to Africa to visit Airmen supporting the U.S. Africa Command mission and to address current issues affecting Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Wilson) USAFE-AFAFRICA leadership visits Airmen supporting AFRICOM

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An Airman reviews a culture guide for Nigeria produced by the Air Force Culture and Language Center Dec. 16, 2013. The culture guides were created to better prepare servicemembers traveling to new areas of the world where cultures may be vastly different than their own. The culture guides are a quick reference aide that fit into your pocket and improve mission effectiveness by ensuring an understanding of cultural differences. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane) Culture guides provide valuable insight
In the military, if you are told to be somewhere at 4 p.m., you may arrive 15 minutes early. In different cultures, showing up early may be frowned upon. Servicemembers traveling to Africa need to understand the do's and don'ts of the many various cultures within the continent. "It's not one size fits all," said Lt. Col. Brant Folken, U.S. Air
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U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Air Forces Africa worked together with a 621st Contingency Response Wing traveling contact team to conduct a building partnership engagement in Luanda, Angola, from Sept. 9 to 13. The engagement gave 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisors and Angolan airmen a chance to exchange ideas in safety and
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Chief Master Sgt. Chris Moore, Kisling NCO Academy commandant, greets Col. Appiah-Agyekum of the Ghana air force as he and his team arrive at the Academy on Kapaun Air Station, Germany Sept. 25, 2013. Leaders of Ghana's air force visited the NCO academy to better understand how the U.S. Air Force develops its enlisted force. They plan on taking the information back to develop their own professional military education program in Ghana. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane) Ghana looks to USAFE-AFAFRICA for PME model
A team of Ghanaian airmen visited professional military education facilities here to take back best practices to their air force headquarters.Group Capt. Mike Kwame Appiah-Agyekum, the director of administration for Ghana's air force, toured the First Term Airmen Center, the Kisling NCO Academy, and Airmen Leadership School Sept. 24-27. During the
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Air Force dental teams and South African dentists participated in Shared Accord 13, July 24-Aug. 7, King Williams' Town, Eastern Cape province, South Africa. Three Airmen from Aviano participated in the humanitarian mission, providing dental care to more than 500 patients in the King Williams’ Town area. (Courtesy photo) Aviano Airmen restore South African smiles
"It was one of those moments that was bigger than you," said Tech. Sgt. Rowan Strong, 31st Dental Squadron clinical flight chief. "At the end of every day, I was proud to wear the uniform. It was an honor to help so many people and take away so much pain." Three Airmen from Aviano provided dental care in a multi-national joint task force
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U.S. Air Force Gen. U.S. Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, meets U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, as he gets off a plane at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Aug. 22, 2013. This was Gorenc ‘s first trip to Africa since taking command of USAFE/AFAFRICA and he used the trip to familiarize himself with CJTF-HOA’s mission of stabilizing and strengthening security in East Africa through military-to-military engagements with partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson) USAFE-AFAFRICA commander visits Camp Lemonnier

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Cohosts Air Vice Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, Ghanaian chief of air staff (Left), and Lt. Gen. Craig A. Franklin, 3rd Air Force commander (Right), take questions during a press conference after the closing ceremony of the Regional African Air Chiefs Symposium, Aug. 22, 2013, in Accra, Ghana. The RAACS brings air chiefs together to discuss how their unique capabilities can be collaborated to resolve regional challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan/Released) RACS emphasizes partnerships
As the 2013 Regional African Air Chiefs Conference came to a close here Aug. 22, some of the U.S. and African leaders in attendance shared their thoughts on the event. "We are at the end of what has been an extremely valuable symposium," said Lt. Gen. Craig A. Franklin, 3rd Air Force commander. "The challenges we face are not ones that can be
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From left to right, Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, Air Vice Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, Ghanaian chief of air staff, and Lt. Gen. Craig A. Franklin, 3rd Air Force commander, discuss the importance of regional cooperation with members of the local press in Africa, Aug. 20, 2013, Accra, Ghana. The Regional African Air Chiefs Symposium brings air chiefs together to discuss how their unique air capabilities can be collaborated to resolve regional issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan/Released)
Regional African Air Chiefs Symposium begins
The U.S. 3rd Air Force commander and the Ghanaian chief of air staff hosted opening ceremonies for the second Regional Air Chiefs Symposium at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center Aug. 20. Lt. Gen. Craig A. Franklin expressed gratitude to Air Vice Marshal Michael Samson-Oje for co-hosting and shared his thoughts on the
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Maj. (Dr.) Joshua Latham prescribes medication to a patient during a medical outreach visit July 2, 2013, in Gondor Town, Liberia. Operation Onward Liberty advisers have been mentoring the Armed Forces of Liberia since 2010. OOL provides mentorship to the AFL to produce a capable, respected force able to protect Liberian interests in the West African region. . Latham is an AFL medical mentor deployed with Operation Onward Liberty. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian Bahret) Liberian soldiers employ training during medical outreach mission
A team of Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers, U.S. service members and county health officials conducted a mobile medical outreach mission in Grand Cape Mount County recently. The mobile mission held from 1 - 4 July was a first for the AFL medics, who, until now, have been focusing their efforts on operating clinics on AFL bases to treat soldiers and
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