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Personnel at AB 201 held a traditional American Thanksgiving meal with fellow deployed members away from their families during the holidays.
Leading up to Exercise Bull Shark, a biannual exercise that tests water rescue teams on their ability to extract an injured person from the sea in a hostile environment, members of the U.S. Air Fore Joint Personnel Recovery Center taught Survive, Evade, Resist, and Escape (SERE) skills to members of
Deployed U.S. service members at Air Base 201 honored veterans of the past and present during a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11, 2023.
As the only air wing in Africa, the 406th AEW is comprised of two groups, 10 squadrons and four airfields within Europe and Africa which remain committed to the USAFRICOM, U.S. Central Command, and U.S. Special Operations Command mission, to include assisting our African partners in protecting their borders with matters of national security.
The wing will continue the now-deactivated 435 AEW’s mission of providing secure, reliable, flexible power projection platforms by means of persistent attack, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, tactical airlift, personnel recovery/casualty evacuation, base operations support, direct logistics management, as well as battlefield and expeditionary Airmen capable of responding to humanitarian and contingency operations around the world in support of combatant commander objectives.
The 409th Air Expeditionary Group, located primarily in West Africa and headquartered at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, provides secure, reliable, flexible power projection platforms across North and West Africa and base operating support integrator (BOS-I) in support of combatant commander objectives and partner nations. These objectives are largely supported through joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational teammates’ actions such as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and counter violent extremist organization (C-VEO) capabilities.
They also provide aircraft launch and recovery elements (LRE), and offer personnel recovery, casualty stabilization, and evacuation efforts. As an invited guest of the government of Niger, Airmen in the 409th AEG are committed to providing installation support and defense-in-depth while enabling our Nigerien partner’s ability to provide security and stability for Africans through training and other means. The 409th AEG activated in 2011 and consists of four squadrons split between Agadez, Niger; Niamey, Niger; and Sigonella, Italy:
The 449th Air Expeditionary Group, located in East Africa and headquartered at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, provides personnel recovery task forces, intra-theater airlift, base operating support integrator (BOS-I), intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, and aircraft launch and recovery elements in support of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command mission requirements, including support to our regional partners. As the Joint Air Component Coordination Element (JACCE) to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and in partnership with joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational teammates, the 449th AEG also engages in theater security cooperation activities.
These activities enable regional actors to neutralize violent extremist organizations and enable regional access and freedom of movement within East Africa. The 449th AEG activated in 2005 and currently consists of six squadrons:
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