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Limited VFR operations begin at Nigerien Air Base 201

A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, lands at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to land at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, lands at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to land at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Bouscher, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, refuels a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to take-off at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lexie West)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Bouscher, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, refuels a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to take-off at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lexie West)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron and the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepare to refuel a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to take-off at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lexie West)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron and the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepare to refuel a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to take-off at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lexie West)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Steven Roy, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron air terminal operations center information controller, directs Staff Sgt. Dustin Cote, 724th EABS ATOC technician, while loading a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to take-off at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lexie West)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Steven Roy, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron air terminal operations center information controller, directs Staff Sgt. Dustin Cote, 724th EABS ATOC technician, while loading a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to take-off at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lexie West)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kellan Hyacinthe, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, directs a forklift operator while loading a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to take-off from AB 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lexie West)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kellan Hyacinthe, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, directs a forklift operator while loading a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to take-off from AB 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lexie West)

A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, takes off from the new runway at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. The 6200-ft runway allows the Air Force to move assets in and out of Air Base 201 and is capable of supporting any aircraft up to a C-17 Globemaster III. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, takes off from the new runway at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. The 6200-ft runway allows the Air Force to move assets in and out of Air Base 201 and is capable of supporting any aircraft up to a C-17 Globemaster III. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dustin Cote, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron air terminal operations center technician, operates a forklift at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. Cote unloaded cargo from the first C-130J Super Hercules to land at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lexie West)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dustin Cote, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron air terminal operations center technician, operates a forklift at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. Cote unloaded cargo from the first C-130J Super Hercules to land at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lexie West)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel Peterson, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron air terminal operations center non-commissioned officer in charge, marshals a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to take-off at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel Peterson, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron air terminal operations center non-commissioned officer in charge, marshals a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to take-off at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron converse after the first military aircraft landing at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. The landing marked the next step in airfield evaluations by starting Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron converse after the first military aircraft landing at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. The landing marked the next step in airfield evaluations by starting Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dustin Cote, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron air terminal operations center technician, left, bumps fists with Staff Sgt. John Bouscher, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, after the first C-130 landing at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. The landing marked the next step in airfield evaluations by starting Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dustin Cote, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron air terminal operations center technician, left, bumps fists with Staff Sgt. John Bouscher, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, after the first C-130 landing at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. The landing marked the next step in airfield evaluations by starting Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron and the 86th Airlift Wing, unload luggage from a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This landing marked the next step in airfield evaluations by starting Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron and the 86th Airlift Wing, unload luggage from a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This landing marked the next step in airfield evaluations by starting Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven J. Jantz, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, speaks to Airmen at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. Jantz spoke about the accomplishments at Air Base 201 and the official opening of the runway. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Steven J. Jantz, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, speaks to Airmen at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. Jantz spoke about the accomplishments at Air Base 201 and the official opening of the runway. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force leadership from the 435th Air Expeditionary Wing and the 409th Air Expeditionary Group pose for a photo in front of a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to land at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)
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U.S. Air Force leadership from the 435th Air Expeditionary Wing and the 409th Air Expeditionary Group pose for a photo in front of a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to land at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group watch as a C-130J Super Hercules taxis in at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. The C-130 landing marked the next step in airfield evaluations by starting Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group watch as a C-130J Super Hercules taxis in at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. The C-130 landing marked the next step in airfield evaluations by starting Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven J. Jantz, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, steps out of a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. Jantz greeted 409th Air Expeditionary Group leadership and their Airmen as the acting wing commander. The aircraft he flew in was the first C-130 to land on Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Steven J. Jantz, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, steps out of a C-130J Super Hercules at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. Jantz greeted 409th Air Expeditionary Group leadership and their Airmen as the acting wing commander. The aircraft he flew in was the first C-130 to land on Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jonathan Creer, 409th Air Expeditionary Group commander, welcomes Col. Steven J. Jantz, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, to Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. Jantz arrived on the first C-130 to land at Air Base 201 to congratulate the Airmen in reaching their goal of opening limited air operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Jonathan Creer, 409th Air Expeditionary Group commander, welcomes Col. Steven J. Jantz, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, to Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. Jantz arrived on the first C-130 to land at Air Base 201 to congratulate the Airmen in reaching their goal of opening limited air operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

AGADEZ, Niger -- A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, lands at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, Aug. 3, 2019. This was the first C-130 to land at Air Base 201, marking the beginning of limited Visual Flight Rules operations at the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)