Nigerien Air Force's first female pilot adds C-130 to repertoire
Capt. Ouma Laouali, the first female pilot in the Nigerien air force, flies in a full-motion simulator at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, Dec. 13, 2019. Laouali recently accomplished the next step in her pilot career April 22, 2020, by completing her training to become a C-130 Hercules pilot in the C-130 Formal Training Unit’s six-month international pilot training program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jayden Ford)
Students from Chad, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone and Togo attend the U.S. Navy's Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School on the Pearl River in Mississippi Dec. 2. The training took place as part of U.S. Africa Command's International Military and Education Training program, which provides funds for international personnel to attend U.S. military professional training programs.
African partners attend small craft instruction school
The training took place in December 2020 as part of U.S. Africa Command's International Military and Education Training program, which provides funds for international personnel to attend U.S. military professional training programs.
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, wrapped up a three-day West African visit Feb. 22-25 with a stop in Nigeria to meet with the nation’s leaders and further the long-standing partnership and security cooperation between the two nations. During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.
Kpamina earned the distinction in April 2021 while learning infantry officer skills as part of the Military Education and Training program, which exposes foreign students to U.S. professional military education.
Commander says Africa is too important for Americans to ignore
LT Agatha Kpamina, Ghana Armed Forces, is the first female from one of U.S. Africa Command’s partners – Ghana – to attend and complete the Infantry Basic Officer Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Mark Irish, chief of the Maneuver Center of Excellence’s International Military Student Office presents the Infantry blue cord to Kpamina.
Enlisted conference draws senior leaders from three continents
The conference, held July 15, 2021, shed light on how partner nations can utilize state partnerships and International Military and Education Training funds to enhance knowledge and develop skills needed to strengthen professional militaries.