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4th Annual African Air Chiefs Symposium begins
Military leaders of 17 African nations and the United States have gathered for the fourth annual African Air Chiefs Symposium to discuss air force capabilities and important regional issues.
The commander of U.S. Air Forces Africa, Gen. Frank Gorenc talks one on one with AFN before the opening ceremony of the 4th Annual African Air Chiefs Symposium, Sept. 9, 2014, in Douala, Camerron. Gen. Gorenc talked about growing partnerships, building our combined capabilities together so that we can promote security, prosperity and human dignity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Patrick Mitchell)
4 photos: Gen. Frank Gorenc talks one on one with AFN
Photo 1 of 4: The commander of U.S. Air Forces Africa, Gen. Frank Gorenc talks one on one with AFN before the opening ceremony of the 4th Annual African Air Chiefs Symposium, Sept. 9, 2014, in Douala, Camerron. Gen. Gorenc talked about growing partnerships, building our combined capabilities together so that we can promote security, prosperity and human dignity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Patrick Mitchell) Download full-resolution version
Heidi Grant, the deputy under secretary of the Air Force, international affairs is also present at the 4th Annual African Air Chiefs Symposium, Sept. 9, 2014, in Douala, Cameroon. Mrs. Grant, who has attended all four of the Air Chief Symposiums, talked about how important Africa is to the SAF/IA mission and also to global security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Patrick Mitchell)
4 photos: Heidi Grant, the deputy under secretary of the Air Force
Photo 2 of 4: Heidi Grant, the deputy under secretary of the Air Force, international affairs is also present at the 4th Annual African Air Chiefs Symposium, Sept. 9, 2014, in Douala, Cameroon. Mrs. Grant, who has attended all four of the Air Chief Symposiums, talked about how important Africa is to the SAF/IA mission and also to global security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Patrick Mitchell) Download full-resolution version
Chief of Air Staff, Cameroon Air Force Brigadier General Jean Calvin Momha addresses all the Air Chiefs and the 33 representatives from 16 different news outlets in attendance at the 4th Annual African Air Chiefs Symposium, Sept. 9, 2014, in Douala, Cameroon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Patrick Mitchell)
4 photos: Chief of Air Staff, Cameroon Air Force Brigadier General Jean Calvin Momha
Photo 3 of 4: Chief of Air Staff, Cameroon Air Force Brigadier General Jean Calvin Momha addresses all the Air Chiefs and the 33 representatives from 16 different news outlets in attendance at the 4th Annual African Air Chiefs Symposium, Sept. 9, 2014, in Douala, Cameroon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Patrick Mitchell) Download full-resolution version
Military leaders of 17 African nations and the United States gather for the 4th annual African Air Chiefs Symposium, Sept. 9, 2014, in Douala, Cameroon. There were many different language speakers at the opening ceremony, participants we able to listen to live interrupters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Patrick Mitchell)
4 photos: Military leaders of 17 African nations and the United States gather for the 4th annual African Air Chiefs Symposium
Photo 4 of 4: Military leaders of 17 African nations and the United States gather for the 4th annual African Air Chiefs Symposium, Sept. 9, 2014, in Douala, Cameroon. There were many different language speakers at the opening ceremony, participants we able to listen to live interrupters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Patrick Mitchell) Download full-resolution version
The commander of U.S. Air Forces Africa, Gen. Frank Gorenc talks one on one with AFN before the opening ceremony of the 4th Annual African Air Chiefs Symposium, Sept. 9, 2014, in Douala, Camerron. Gen. Gorenc talked about growing partnerships, building our combined capabilities together so that we can promote security, prosperity and human dignity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Patrick Mitchell)
Heidi Grant, the deputy under secretary of the Air Force, international affairs is also present at the 4th Annual African Air Chiefs Symposium, Sept. 9, 2014, in Douala, Cameroon. Mrs. Grant, who has attended all four of the Air Chief Symposiums, talked about how important Africa is to the SAF/IA mission and also to global security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Patrick Mitchell)
Chief of Air Staff, Cameroon Air Force Brigadier General Jean Calvin Momha addresses all the Air Chiefs and the 33 representatives from 16 different news outlets in attendance at the 4th Annual African Air Chiefs Symposium, Sept. 9, 2014, in Douala, Cameroon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Patrick Mitchell)
Military leaders of 17 African nations and the United States gather for the 4th annual African Air Chiefs Symposium, Sept. 9, 2014, in Douala, Cameroon. There were many different language speakers at the opening ceremony, participants we able to listen to live interrupters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Patrick Mitchell)

Military leaders of 17 African nations and the United States have gathered for the fourth annual African Air Chiefs Symposium to discuss air force capabilities and important regional issues. 

The commander of U.S. Air Forces Africa, Gen. Frank Gorenc, attended last year's event and was on hand to deliver opening remarks to start the symposium.

"We are gathered in Cameroon to build on the accomplishments of previous meetings and focus on practical solutions to persistent problems," said Gorenc. "It is my goal that we will leave Cameroon with a clear sense of strategies and arrangement that will work best for Africa, concrete commitment of a network of African Air Chiefs, contacts for effective collaboration, and fond memories of a hugely successful event."

This year marks the largest symposium to date, with a cross-section of invited countries spanning a wide area across the continent. Event discussions will incorporate multiple topicssuch as air security and surveillance, airpower contributions to counter violent extremist organizations, airfield security, and airlift support for peacekeeping operations. 

"In this room, there is a community of Airmen with a tremendous amount of diverse experience in peacekeeping and counterterrorism. We can leverage that experience, learn from one another, and develop a way ahead that increases all of our security," said Gorenc.

The symposium will consist of six roundtable discussions facilitated by scholars from the Air Command and Staff College and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. The Air Chiefs will also drive discussions based on their experiences and expertise. 

"I challenge all of us to think outside the box, and to think regionally as we look to develop capabilities," said Gen. Gorenc.

The U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon, Ambassador Michael Hoza, also attended the opening ceremony and delivered remarks.

"President Barack Obama invited your heads of state to Washington for an epic, changing summit meeting about the future of Africa," said Hoza. "This is Africa's decade."

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