2023 African Partnership Flight kicks off

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The Zambian Air Force and United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa are co-hosting African Partnership Flight 2023 beginning June 5, 2023 in Lusaka, Zambia. 

The APF will host partners from across South and West Africa, including delegations from Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as the two co-hosts, Zambia and the U.S. The event will focus on broadening deployment interoperability, logistics and sustainment capabilities. 

“The African Partnership Flight is not just about military cooperation, it is about building bridges between nations,” said Lt. Gen. Colin Barry, Zambia Air Force commander. “It is about forging collaboration, about trust and understanding, and embracing the diversity that defines Africa.” 

APF serves as an opportunity to open dialogue between air force leaders across the continent, identify opportunities for the U.S. to assist African partners, and implement collective solutions. Building partnership capacity towards deployment objectives provides coalition forces the advanced capabilities to respond anytime anywhere and defend against a spectrum of threats.  

“Our goal this week is to come together to share experiences and see how we can improve processes,” said Col. Beth Lane, U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa International Affairs division chief. “By sharing experiences and jointly developing solutions to challenges, operations can be improved, Airmen can be supported, and lives can be saved.”   

The U.S. Department of Defense and the Zambian Ministry of Defense will continue to use opportunities like African Partnership Flight to share ideas and develop positive working relationships with African and international partners.