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Strengthening relationships for a safe and stable Africa

Participants from seven different African partner nations and U.S. Service Members, pose for a photo during African Partnership Flight, hosted by U.S. Air Forces Africa and co-hosted by Mauritania and Senegal at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 9, 2018. The APF program is Air Forces in Africa's premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen)

Participants from seven different African partner nations and U.S. Service Members, pose for a photo during African Partnership Flight, hosted by U.S. Air Forces Africa and co-hosted by Mauritania and Senegal at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 9, 2018. The APF program is Air Forces in Africa's premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen)

Participants from seven different African partner nations, observe U.S. Airmen assigned to 435th Construction and Training Squadron as they conduct causality recovery training during African Partnership Flight, hosted by U.S. Air Forces Africa and co-hosted by Mauritania and Senegal at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 9, 2018. The APF program is Air Forces in Africa's premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen)

Participants from seven different African partner nations, observe U.S. Airmen assigned to 435th Construction and Training Squadron as they conduct causality recovery training during African Partnership Flight, hosted by U.S. Air Forces Africa and co-hosted by Mauritania and Senegal at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 9, 2018. The APF program is Air Forces in Africa's premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Chestnut, a Flying Crew Chief assigned to 86th Air Maintenance Squadron, shows a C-130 aircraft cockpit to participants of African Partnership Flight, hosted by U.S. Air Forces Africa and co-hosted by Mauritania and Senegal at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 7, 2018. The APF program is Air Forces in Africa's premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Chestnut, a Flying Crew Chief assigned to 86th Air Maintenance Squadron, shows a C-130 aircraft cockpit to participants of African Partnership Flight, hosted by U.S. Air Forces Africa and co-hosted by Mauritania and Senegal at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 7, 2018. The APF program is Air Forces in Africa's premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Ronald Robinette, Leaders Production Superintendent, assigned to 86th Air Maintenance Squadron, converses with participants of African Partnership Flight, hosted by U.S. Air Forces Africa and co-hosted by Mauritania and Senegal at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 7, 2018. The APF program is Air Forces in Africa's premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Ronald Robinette, Leaders Production Superintendent, assigned to 86th Air Maintenance Squadron, converses with participants of African Partnership Flight, hosted by U.S. Air Forces Africa and co-hosted by Mauritania and Senegal at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 7, 2018. The APF program is Air Forces in Africa's premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen)

Lt. Yassive Mahamat Brahim, a helicopter technician in the Chad air force, shares a Meal Ready to Eat with U.S Air Force Master Sgt. Emily Vaughn, a Personalist assigned to 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron during the African Partnership Flightat Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 9, 2018. The APF program is Air Forces in Africa's premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen)

Lt. Yassive Mahamat Brahim, a helicopter technician in the Chad air force, shares a Meal Ready to Eat with U.S Air Force Master Sgt. Emily Vaughn, a Personalist assigned to 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron during the African Partnership Flightat Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 9, 2018. The APF program is Air Forces in Africa's premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Chestnut, a Flying Crew Chief assigned to 86th Air Maintenance Squadron, shows the inside of a C-130 aircraft to participants of African Partnership Flight, hosted by U.S. Air Forces Africa and co-hosted by Mauritania and Senegal at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 7, 2018. The APF program is Air Forces in Africa's premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Chestnut, a Flying Crew Chief assigned to 86th Air Maintenance Squadron, shows the inside of a C-130 aircraft to participants of African Partnership Flight, hosted by U.S. Air Forces Africa and co-hosted by Mauritania and Senegal at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 7, 2018. The APF program is Air Forces in Africa's premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Craig Jensen)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S. Air Force Airmen and airmen from seven African partner nations concluded the African Partnership Flight held at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 6-10.

APF is a multinational security cooperation initiative facilitated by U.S. Air Forces Africa.

“This is the best way we have found to bring representatives together from various air forces on the continent to help build aviation capability and capacity, enhance regional cooperation and increase interoperability,” said Brigadier General Dieter Bareihs, director of plans and programs for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.

This APF was hosted by AFAFRICA and co-hosted by Senegal and Mauritania with approximately 34 air force delegates from Mali, Chad, Gabon, Malawi, Uganda, Mauritania and Senegal.

“We all have diverse backgrounds, come from different areas and have different upbringings,” said Bareihs, “but we are all Airmen and we all share common values and common concerns”
APF Ramstein focused on force development while strengthening partnerships with participating nations.

“I learned a lot this week,” said Lt. Yassive Mahamat Brahim, a helicopter technician from the Chad air force, who went on to say he now has a better understanding of how the U.S. Air Force train officers and enlisted in their different specialties.

“I was able to see it [training] with my own two eyes,” said Brahim. “I liked it.”

Throughout the event delegates had the opportunity to tour several units and learn about the various missions at Ramstein. They also discussed training and Airmen development.

“We needed to have the U.S. to come and put us together,” said Senior Master Sergeant Dethie Diouf, an air ground equipment technician and instructor in the Senegal air force.

APF, originally initiated by AFAFRICA, has been bringing neighboring countries from Africa together since the first APF hosted by Ghana in March 2012.

Bareihs ended APF Ramstein by emphasizing the importance of working together due to common security concerns and threats in Africa.

“We all need to work together to promote the vision of a safe, stable and prosperous African continent,” said Bareihs.