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U.S. Air Force Hosts 4 Rwandan Air Traffic Controllers at Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Ramstein recently hosted four air traffic controllers from the Rwandan Defense Force, giving them a firsthand look at how the U.S. Air Force takes care of business at one of the busiest air bases in Europe, the headquarters of the U.s. Air Forces
Ramstein recently hosted four air traffic controllers from the Rwandan Defense Force, giving them a firsthand look at how the U.S. Air Force takes care of business at one of the busiest air bases in Europe, the headquarters of the U.s. Air Forces in Europe said in a March 12 news release.



The Rwandans visited the 86th Operations Support Squadron's airfield operations flight and the 1st Combat Communications Squadron's airfield systems flight as part of the Joint Staff Contact Program.



"The purpose of the Joint Staff Contract Program is to share information regarding air traffic control procedures," said Captain Mike Catalano, 86th OSS airfield flight operations officer. "This will assist the Rwandan military in enhancing the safety and efficiency of flight operations, while deepening the mil-mil relationship between the Rwandan Defense Force and USAF."



In order to give the Rwandans a more thorough understanding of Air Force capabilities -- from fixed base to bare base -- the four controllers spent the week imbedded in the Ramstein control tower and ground controlled approach facilities.



The last day of the visit was spent in the Air Expeditionary Force complex to tour the facilities and capabilities of the 1st CBCS airfield systems flight. The tour included a briefing on the capabilities of the mobile microwave landing system, tactical aircraft navigation system, communications central mobile tower and the landing control system and how these systems work together to create a safe and efficient airfield anywhere in the world in a matter of hours.



"The friendship and understanding were exchanged both ways, and the Rwandan controllers were left with the understanding that it is not our high-tech equipment or world-wide capabilities that make the USAF great," said Technical Sergeant Mark Paraoan, 1st CBCS air traffic control watch supervisor. "But rather it is the dedication, pride and integrity of its people. This caliber of personnel is a common thread between both forces which is the strongest foundation from which to build any world-class defense force."





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