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African Partnership Flight Senegal came to an end after a closing ceremony at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 23.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Andrew Allen, chief of global health engagements branch, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, speaks during the closing ceremony of African Partnership Flight Senegal at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 23, 2018. The purpose of APF Senegal is to conduct multilateral, military-to-military engagements and security assistance with African air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)
2 photos: Airmen complete African Partnership Flight Senegal
Photo 1 of 2: U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Andrew Allen, chief of global health engagements branch, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, speaks during the closing ceremony of African Partnership Flight Senegal at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 23, 2018. The purpose of APF Senegal is to conduct multilateral, military-to-military engagements and security assistance with African air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier) Download full-resolution version
Senegalese Col. Boucar Sene, second in command of the Senegalese air force, speaks during the closing ceremony of African Partnership Flight Senegal at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 23, 2018 The APF program is U.S. Air Forces in Africa’s premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)
2 photos: Airmen complete African Partnership Flight Senegal
Photo 2 of 2: Senegalese Col. Boucar Sene, second in command of the Senegalese air force, speaks during the closing ceremony of African Partnership Flight Senegal at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 23, 2018 The APF program is U.S. Air Forces in Africa’s premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Andrew Allen, chief of global health engagements branch, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, speaks during the closing ceremony of African Partnership Flight Senegal at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 23, 2018. The purpose of APF Senegal is to conduct multilateral, military-to-military engagements and security assistance with African air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)
Senegalese Col. Boucar Sene, second in command of the Senegalese air force, speaks during the closing ceremony of African Partnership Flight Senegal at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 23, 2018 The APF program is U.S. Air Forces in Africa’s premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

CAPTAIN ANDALLA CISSÉ AIR BASE, Senegal -- African Partnership Flight Senegal came to an end after a closing ceremony at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 23.

“African Partnership Flight is a program specifically designed to allow friends and partners from across the continent to travel together, to work together, to learn together, so they may learn to know each other,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Allen, chief of global health engagements branch, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.

Over the course of the week-long event, the U.S. and nine African partner nations traded procedures on aeromedical evacuation, casualty evacuation and air and ground safety.

“The goal of this event is to bring regional partners together to discuss best practices, tactics, techniques and procedures that will help these militaries be more interoperable, not only with themselves, but with the United States of America,” said Maj. Justin Holbrook, international health specialist, Headquarters USAFE-AFAFRICA.

TTPs were discussed in a classroom setting, and then applied later in the week both on the ground and in the air on board a West Virginia Air National Guard C-130H Hercules, assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing. African partners were able to ask questions and experience how the U.S. handles casualty and aeromedical evacuation.

“They are very eager to learn about aeromedical evacuation and very interested in expanding their capabilities,” said Master Sgt. Jordan Killebrew, 186th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron medical technician, West Virginia ANG.

Approximately 70 pilots, aircrew and medical professionals represented African partner nations from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Togo.

“I really enjoyed it, it allowed us to learn how other countries do aeromedical evacuation,” said Lt. Fakhane Diouf, an APF participant from the Senegalese air force.

This marked the end of the 12th APF since the program began in 2012 and the second co-hosted by Senegal.

“I would like to thank the Senegalese air force for graciously co-hosting this event. Without your leadership and support, this event would not have been possible,” said Allen.

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