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10th African Partnership Flight kicks off in Burkina Faso

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Henry Lopez, left, welcomes Burkino Faso air force participants for the African Partnership Flight at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 16, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Henry Lopez, left, welcomes Burkino Faso air force participants for the African Partnership Flight at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 16, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Titinga Frédéric Pacéré talks with participants of African Partnership Flight during a cultural tour near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. Pacéré is the founder and curator of the Musee de Manega museum preserving local Burkina traditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Titinga Frédéric Pacéré talks with participants of African Partnership Flight during a cultural tour near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. Pacéré is the founder and curator of the Musee de Manega museum preserving local Burkina traditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Participants of African Partnership Flight talks with Titinga Frédéric Pacéré, during a cultural tour near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Participants of African Partnership Flight talks with Titinga Frédéric Pacéré, during a cultural tour near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Johnny Hall, right, 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor aircraft maintenance, assists Mounkoro Panka, left, Mali air force, with a meal ready to eat during a cultural tour near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. African Partnership Flight in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Johnny Hall, right, 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor aircraft maintenance, assists Mounkoro Panka, left, Mali air force, with a meal ready to eat during a cultural tour near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. African Partnership Flight in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Malick Traore, right, 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron flight commander, translates for Col. Ric Trimillos, center, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa division chief of international affairs, to Titinga Frédéric Pacéré during a cultural tour near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. Pacéré is the founder and curator of the Musee de Manega museum preserving local Burkina traditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Malick Traore, right, 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron flight commander, translates for Col. Ric Trimillos, center, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa division chief of international affairs, to Titinga Frédéric Pacéré during a cultural tour near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. Pacéré is the founder and curator of the Musee de Manega museum preserving local Burkina traditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Malick Traore, right, 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron flight commander, and Col. Ric Trimillos, center, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa division chief of international affairs, thanks Titinga Frédéric Pacéré for his hospitality during a cultural tour near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. Pacéré is the founder and curator of the Musee de Manega museum preserving local Burkina traditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Malick Traore, right, 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron flight commander, and Col. Ric Trimillos, center, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa division chief of international affairs, thanks Titinga Frédéric Pacéré for his hospitality during a cultural tour near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. Pacéré is the founder and curator of the Musee de Manega museum preserving local Burkina traditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Maj. Natosha Reed, right, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa theatre security cooperation Operations planner, helps participants of the African Partnership Flight with meals ready to eat near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Maj. Natosha Reed, right, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa theatre security cooperation Operations planner, helps participants of the African Partnership Flight with meals ready to eat near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

A band plays while welcoming participants of the African Partnership Flight into Titinga Frédéric Pacéré home during a cultural tour near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

A band plays while welcoming participants of the African Partnership Flight into Titinga Frédéric Pacéré home during a cultural tour near Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 17, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ric Trimillos, left, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa division chief of international affairs, and Col. Palenfo Kounsaouma, right, Chief of staff of Burkina Faso's air force, preside over opening ceremony of the African Partnership Flight in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ric Trimillos, left, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa division chief of international affairs, and Col. Palenfo Kounsaouma, right, Chief of staff of Burkina Faso's air force, preside over opening ceremony of the African Partnership Flight in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Thomas Bowen, right, translates for Col. Ric Trimillos, center, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa division chief of international affairs, during a press conference at opening ceremony of the African Partnership Flight in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Thomas Bowen, right, translates for Col. Ric Trimillos, center, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa division chief of international affairs, during a press conference at opening ceremony of the African Partnership Flight in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ric Trimillos, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa division chief of international affairs, speaks at the opening ceremony of the African Partnership Flight in
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Ric Trimillos, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa division chief of international affairs, speaks at the opening ceremony of the African Partnership Flight in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Ian Mazerski, 321st Contingency Response Squadron maintenance flight commander, speaks to African Partnership Flight participants during classroom discussion in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. The intent of APF is to build strong transparent partnerships that enhance regional stability and security through formal alliances, partnerships or simple exchanges of information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Ian Mazerski, 321st Contingency Response Squadron maintenance flight commander, speaks to African Partnership Flight participants during classroom discussion in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. The intent of APF is to build strong transparent partnerships that enhance regional stability and security through formal alliances, partnerships or simple exchanges of information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

Chief Master Sgt. Kone Seydou, Cote d’Ivoire air force, African Partnership Flight participant asks questions during the classroom discussion in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)
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Chief Master Sgt. Kone Seydou, Cote d’Ivoire air force, African Partnership Flight participant asks questions during the classroom discussion in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

African Partnership Flight participants listen to the instructor during classroom discussion in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. APF was designed as a combined learning environment for both U.S. and African partner nations in order to build aviation capacity, enhance regional cooperation and increase interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)
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African Partnership Flight participants listen to the instructor during classroom discussion in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. APF was designed as a combined learning environment for both U.S. and African partner nations in order to build aviation capacity, enhance regional cooperation and increase interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

African Partnership Flight participants take a short break in between class discussions in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)
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African Partnership Flight participants take a short break in between class discussions in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. APF in Burkina Faso hosted participants from Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco to help strengthen relationships and share best practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Robert Kent, 305th Aerial Port Squadron operations officer, speaks to African Partnership Flight participants during classroom discussion in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. Over the course of one week, instructors comprised of
U.S. Air Force will work with, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco in classroom discussions and training workshops in maintenance and logistics support for light utility aircraft. It will examine the maintenance and logistics requirements necessary to forward deploy light utility aircraft in response to HADR efforts to include pre-departure preparation, execution and sustainment, and deployment conclusion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Robert Kent, 305th Aerial Port Squadron operations officer, speaks to African Partnership Flight participants during classroom discussion in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 18, 2017. Over the course of one week, instructors comprised of U.S. Air Force will work with, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco in classroom discussions and training workshops in maintenance and logistics support for light utility aircraft. It will examine the maintenance and logistics requirements necessary to forward deploy light utility aircraft in response to HADR efforts to include pre-departure preparation, execution and sustainment, and deployment conclusion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso -- U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Airmen helped kicked off African Partnership Flight in Burkina Faso this week, taking part in an opening ceremony and cultural tour with participating nations.

“We are really excited, this is our 10th African Partnership Flight we have conducted over the past five years,” said Col. Ric Trimillos, USAFE-AFAFRICA division chief of international affairs. “On this particular APF we are focusing on sustainment logistics of air mobility.”

APF was designed as a combined learning environment for both U.S. and African partner nations to build aviation capacity, enhance regional cooperation and increase interoperability. The events also serve to help build understanding and collaboration between nations through cultural appreciation.

"In cooperation with the United States Air Force and the Burkina Faso air force we have come together to organize this African Partnership Flight event," said Col. Palenfo Kounsaouma, chief of staff of Burkina Faso’s air force, also called Armée de l'Air Burkinabé. "We are here today with the goal of supporting and learning about humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts."

Over the course of one week, instructors comprised of U.S. Air Force Airmen will work with Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco in classroom discussions and workshops about maintenance and logistics support for light utility aircraft. Participants will examine the maintenance and logistics requirements necessary to forward deploy light utility aircraft in response to HADR efforts to include pre-departure preparation, execution and sustainment, and deployment conclusion.

"During the APF we are working with the planners, the individuals behind the scene making all the work happen for there to be success on any mission," Trimillos said. “By bringing all the partner nations together we are able to come to the best solutions, the most efficient solutions and, more importantly, an African solution.”

The intent of APF is to build strong transparent partnerships that enhance regional stability and security through formal alliances, partnerships or simple exchanges of information.

"Best practices shared at APF will help Burkina Faso air force improve interoperability with the other nations here," Kounsaouma said.