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US Air Force partners with Portugal to host European Partnership Flight

Portuguese air force Lt. Col. Paulo Carvalho, demonstrates the use of kanbans as part of the Portuguese air force’s lean management system, during the European Partnership Flight at Monte Real Air Base, Portugal, Sept. 10, 2019. The European Partnership Flight serves as an opportunity for the U.S. and partner nations to share best practices, strengthen relationships, and build trust. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Catessa Palone)

Portuguese air force Lt. Col. Paulo Carvalho, demonstrates the use of kanbans as part of the Portuguese air force’s lean management system, during the European Partnership Flight at Monte Real Air Base, Portugal, Sept. 10, 2019. The European Partnership Flight serves as an opportunity for the U.S. and partner nations to share best practices, strengthen relationships, and build trust. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Catessa Palone)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Eric Morales, production superintendent, assigned to the 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, observes Portuguese aircraft parts with a member of the European Partnership Flight at Monte Real Air Base, Portugal, Sept. 10, 2019. The European Partnership Flight serves as an opportunity for the U.S. and partner nations to share best practices, strengthen relationships, and build trust. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Catessa Palone)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Eric Morales, production superintendent, assigned to the 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, observes Portuguese aircraft parts with a member of the European Partnership Flight at Monte Real Air Base, Portugal, Sept. 10, 2019. The European Partnership Flight serves as an opportunity for the U.S. and partner nations to share best practices, strengthen relationships, and build trust. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Catessa Palone)

Polish Air Force Capt. Arkadiusz Kluba, discusses Portuguese F-16 operations with a Portuguese Air Force Master Sgt., during the European Partnership Flight at Monte Real Air Base, Portugal, Sept. 10, 2019. The European Partnership Flight serves as an opportunity for the U.S. and partner nations to share best practices, strengthen relationships, and build trust. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Catessa Palone)

Polish Air Force Capt. Arkadiusz Kluba, discusses Portuguese F-16 operations with a Portuguese Air Force Master Sgt., during the European Partnership Flight at Monte Real Air Base, Portugal, Sept. 10, 2019. The European Partnership Flight serves as an opportunity for the U.S. and partner nations to share best practices, strengthen relationships, and build trust. (U.S. Army photo by Specialist Catessa Palone)

Air Force participants from eight nations, including the U.S., pose for a photo at the European Partnership Flight at Monte Real Air Base, Portugal, Sept. 9, 2019. The European Partnership Flight serves as an opportunity for the U.S. and partner nations to share best practices, strengthen relationships, and build trust. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deanna C. Gonzales)

Air Force participants from eight nations, including the U.S., pose for a photo at the European Partnership Flight at Monte Real Air Base, Portugal, Sept. 9, 2019. The European Partnership Flight serves as an opportunity for the U.S. and partner nations to share best practices, strengthen relationships, and build trust. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deanna C. Gonzales)

MONTE REAL AIR BASE, Portugal --

Approximately 30 Air Force delegates from eight nations, participated in the European Partnership Flight event Sept. 8-15, 2019 at Monte Real Air Base, Portugal.

The event, co-hosted by U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa and the Portuguese air force, was a way for U.S., European, and African partner nations to improve professional military knowledge and skills. Members traveled from Bulgaria, Croatia, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Portugal, and the U.S. to participate in the collaborative workshops focusing on F-16 flight planning and operations, logistics support, supply and aircraft maintenance.

This is the third partnership flight event that brings together European and African partners since the program began in 2012, and is the first primarily European Partnership event. Since the program’s inception, USAFE-AFAFRICA has hosted 16 African Partnership Flight events.

This multilateral military-to-military engagement and security assistance event is intended to strengthen U.S. strategic partnerships with key countries in Europe and Africa, and enhance regional cooperation and interoperability.