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Hands-on day at African Partnership Flight Mauritania
The second day of African Partnership Flight Mauritania began Sept. 1, 2014, with the arrival and close-up viewing of a Cessna-208 Grand Caravan from the Mauritania Air Force.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Simons, African Partnership Flight Mauritania team lead, speaks with Tunisian Air Force Maj. Karim Boukara, instructor pilot, and Mali Air Force Maj. Soliba Yacouba Coulibaly, helicopter instructor pilot, before the start of the second day of APF Mauritania at Atar Airbase, Mauritania Sept. 1, 2014. A team of more than 50 students from six African nations are taking part of this APF with a combined goal to increase aviation capacity, enhance regional cooperation and increase interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian Boisvert)
3 photos: APF Team Lead speaks with instructor pilots
Photo 1 of 3: U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Simons, African Partnership Flight Mauritania team lead, speaks with Tunisian Air Force Maj. Karim Boukara, instructor pilot, and Mali Air Force Maj. Soliba Yacouba Coulibaly, helicopter instructor pilot, before the start of the second day of APF Mauritania at Atar Airbase, Mauritania Sept. 1, 2014. A team of more than 50 students from six African nations are taking part of this APF with a combined goal to increase aviation capacity, enhance regional cooperation and increase interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian Boisvert) Download full-resolution version
Mauritanian Air Force Master Sgt. Ahmed Beheitt, Cessna 208 Grand Caravan crew chief, discusses the mechanics of the Cessna to U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Simons, African Partnership Flight Mauritania lead planner at Atar Airbase, Mauritania Sept. 1, 2014. Airmen from six African nations, 17 Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa as well as Air Mobility Command, arrived in Atar, Mauritania for the five-day training workshop. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian Boisvert)
3 photos: APF Airmen discuss mechanics
Photo 2 of 3: Mauritanian Air Force Master Sgt. Ahmed Beheitt, Cessna 208 Grand Caravan crew chief, discusses the mechanics of the Cessna to U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Simons, African Partnership Flight Mauritania lead planner at Atar Airbase, Mauritania Sept. 1, 2014. Airmen from six African nations, 17 Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa as well as Air Mobility Command, arrived in Atar, Mauritania for the five-day training workshop. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian Boisvert) Download full-resolution version
Mauritanian Air Force Captain, Eyoub Teyss, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations officer, briefs U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Simons, African Partnership Flight Mauritania lead planner, left, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Steven Payne, ISR instructor, about the ISR capabilities on the Cessna 208 Grand Caravan during a tour of the aircraft at Atar Airbase, Atar, Mauritania, Sept. 1, 2014. The Cessna 208 is the premier aircraft used by the Mauritanian Air Force to ensure safety and security in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian Boisvert)
3 photos: APF Officers discuss ISR capabilities
Photo 3 of 3: Mauritanian Air Force Captain, Eyoub Teyss, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations officer, briefs U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Simons, African Partnership Flight Mauritania lead planner, left, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Steven Payne, ISR instructor, about the ISR capabilities on the Cessna 208 Grand Caravan during a tour of the aircraft at Atar Airbase, Atar, Mauritania, Sept. 1, 2014. The Cessna 208 is the premier aircraft used by the Mauritanian Air Force to ensure safety and security in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian Boisvert) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Simons, African Partnership Flight Mauritania team lead, speaks with Tunisian Air Force Maj. Karim Boukara, instructor pilot, and Mali Air Force Maj. Soliba Yacouba Coulibaly, helicopter instructor pilot, before the start of the second day of APF Mauritania at Atar Airbase, Mauritania Sept. 1, 2014. A team of more than 50 students from six African nations are taking part of this APF with a combined goal to increase aviation capacity, enhance regional cooperation and increase interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian Boisvert)
Mauritanian Air Force Master Sgt. Ahmed Beheitt, Cessna 208 Grand Caravan crew chief, discusses the mechanics of the Cessna to U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Simons, African Partnership Flight Mauritania lead planner at Atar Airbase, Mauritania Sept. 1, 2014. Airmen from six African nations, 17 Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa as well as Air Mobility Command, arrived in Atar, Mauritania for the five-day training workshop. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian Boisvert)
Mauritanian Air Force Captain, Eyoub Teyss, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations officer, briefs U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Simons, African Partnership Flight Mauritania lead planner, left, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Steven Payne, ISR instructor, about the ISR capabilities on the Cessna 208 Grand Caravan during a tour of the aircraft at Atar Airbase, Atar, Mauritania, Sept. 1, 2014. The Cessna 208 is the premier aircraft used by the Mauritanian Air Force to ensure safety and security in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Brian Boisvert)

The second day of African Partnership Flight Mauritania began Sept. 1, 2014, with the arrival and close-up viewing of a Cessna-208 Grand Caravan from the Mauritania Air Force.

Its arrival gave students an opportunity to experience the Mauritanian aircraft and learn about all the features it has to offer the Mauritanian military. 

Mauritanian Air Force Capt. Eyoub Teyss, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance operations officer, led the tour of the aircraft for more than 50 students from six African partner nations and 17 U.S. Air Force Airmen.

During the tour, students learned about the surveillance capabilities and the cargo carrying versatility that the Cessna has to offer in support of Mauritanian military operations.

"This is a very important aircraft to our military," said Mauritanian Air Force Master Sgt. Ahmed Beheitt, Cessna crew chief. "I am very proud to have this plane in my military, and I am honored to supply the maintenance that keeps this important plane flying."

This aircraft is a newly added airframe that enables the Mauritanian Air Force to see into the dark night landscape and keep the area safe.

After learning about the aircraft, students continued their learning with additional lessons on ISR, ground and safety, and air command post operations.

"I am happy to see the training event is going so well," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Hartmut Casson, APF Mauritania mission commander. "This is a very strong group of students and they are learning so much that will help them complete their military missions and build even stronger multi-national partnerships for years to come."

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Story originally posted by U.S. Air Forces Africa Command on 2 Sept. 2014

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