U.S. Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa
Published July 31, 2020
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, Gen. Jeff Harrigian, conducted a call this week with Air Vice Marshal Frank Kofi Hanson, Ghana air force Chief of the Air Staff, to discuss opportunities to address diversity and inclusion within the two forces.
During the call, Hanson spoke about the encouragement he felt during his time at Air War College.
“When I went to Air War College, I was interested to see how things worked with culture and race,” said Hanson. “I would love to see how, as a leader, we can sustain growth culturally.”
Harrigian also noted the need for sustained growth, and emphasized that diversity and inclusion within the Air Force makes the organization stronger.
“Together as we partner with you, we can help show our Airmen how to grow relationships that are built on trust,” said Harrigian. “I’m sure you have heard our Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. David Goldfein, talk about how diversity and inclusion is one of his priorities right now. We really want to make sure we’re getting after that.”
As the two leaders discussed opportunities to grow, the theme of “partnership” stood out.
“We would love more coalition training,” Hanson said. “I think there might be a great opportunity for the Association of African Air Forces to partner with NATO.”
Harrigian echoed Hanson’s desire for strengthening existing ties between AAAF and NATO.
“As the NATO allied air command commander, I’ll reach back to my team to look for opportunities for us to train and collaborate together.”
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