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An air chief briefs during the 2017 African Air Chiefs Symposium in Kasane, Botswana, May 16, 2017. This is the seventh iteration and largest event to date. During the symposium, air chiefs participated in several round-table discussions focused on the training aspect of force development. (Courtesy photo by Botswana Defence Force Cpl. Kgomotso Mobiakgotla) African Air Chiefs discuss Airman development, training
KASANE, Botswana -- The 2017 African Air Chiefs Symposium came to an official close in Kasane, Botswana, May 17, 2017. Twenty-nine air chiefs, or their representatives, came from all across Africa to meet and discuss important continental issues, build relationships, and create solutions to their most pressing challenges.
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An F-15E Strike Eagle from RAF Lakenheath, England, receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker May 19, 2017. The KC-135 is assigned to RAF Mildenhall, England. Both aircraft are on their way to support Arctic Challenge 2017, a multinational exercise encompassing 11 nations and more than 100 aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David Dobrydney) Mildenhall, Lakenheath aircraft on way to Arctic Challenge

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Tech Sgt. Cortney Velez, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron independent duty medical technician and Master Sgt. David Galindo, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron operations superintendent, prepare gear prior to a personnel drop over Alzey, Germany, May 12, 2017. Velez completed her first jump with the 435 CRG and is U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s first female airborne IDMT. (U.S. Air Force by Staff Sgt. Nesha Humes) Jumping from the comfort zone
Tech Sgt. Cortney Velez, a 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron independent duty medical technician, became U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s first female airborne IDMT after completing her first jump with the 435th Contingency Response Group, May 12, 2017 in Alzey, Germany.
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Three F-15C Eagles from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, taxi after landing at Rovaniemi Air Base, Finland, May 17, in support of Arctic Challenge 2017. The Reapers joined counterparts from 10 other nations, along with representatives from NATO, for the exercise to build on their expertise in the air and increase interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Abby L. Finkel) Increasing interoperability at Arctic Challenge 2017
Twelve F-15C Eagles and approximately 200 personnel from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, and two KC-135 Stratotankers and over 30 personnel from the 351st Air Refueling Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, England, deployed to bases in Finland and Sweden for Arctic Challenge 2017, from May 19 to June 2.
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Lance Cpl. Omphile, Botswana Defence Force Band drummer, sets up his equipment at the Kachikau Primary School while students watch in Kachikau, Botswana on May 17, 2017. While supporting the 2017 African Air Chiefs Symposium, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe “Ambassadors Combo” performance band hosted military-to-military band workshops with the BDF Band that focused on improvisation, rehearsal techniques, and synchronization. The bands learned to play two songs together and played for four primary and secondary schools in northern Botswana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey) USAFE, BDF Bands inspire students in Botswana

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U.S. Senior Airman Justin Macken (left), and Staff Sgt. Alex Albrecht, crew chiefs with the 447th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, speak with the A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot during a pre-flight check April 5, 2017, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Pre-flight checks are accomplished to ensure the aircraft is prepared for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Devin M. Rumbaugh) 447 crew chiefs keep A-10s soaring

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Attendees of the 2017 African Air Chiefs Symposium listen to air chiefs introductions during the opening ceremony in Kasane, Botswana on May 16, 2017. The purpose of the symposium is to create a forum for air chiefs from across the African continent to come together to address regional and continental issues, enhance relationships and increase cooperation. This year's conference will focus on the training aspect of force development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystal Ardrey) Seventh Annual African Air Chiefs Symposium begins
The seventh annual African Air Chiefs Symposium began today in Kasane, Botswana, May 16, 2017.
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Staff Sgt. Shane Sexton, 185th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, lies in a gurney as he plays the role of a casualty during a Silver Flag exercise on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 10, 2017. Airmen from various Air National Guard units gathered on Ramstein to participate in Silver Flag, which is a contingency readiness exercise held at several Air Force bases around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua) 435th CTS, ANG Airmen practice search and rescue

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Chief Master Sergeant Phillip L. Easton, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa command chief master sergeant, (second from left) provides the rules of engagement to board members as he presides over the USAFE-AFAFRICA 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year board, March 9, 2017, Ramtein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Micky M. Pena) USAFE Command Chief sets tone for professional development
After recently introducing his priorities to the command, Chief Master Sgt. Phillip L. Easton, Command Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, is ready to speak more on the priority that truly drives a passion in him: personal and professional development.
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F-35A Lightning II pilots from the 34th Fighter Squadron, assigned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, prepare to depart Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 7. While at Lakenheath for a training deployment, the squadron flew 76 sorties and tallied more than 154 flying hours alongside F-15s from the 48th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks) Lightning IIs complete successful European deployment
Eight F-35A Lightning IIs from the 34th Fighter Squadron, along with supporting units and equipment from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, completed the first F-35A training deployment to Europe, May 7.
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