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West Virginia Airmen share skills during African Partnership Flight

West Virginia Air National Guard medical technicians, assigned to the 167th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, demonstrate how to load a patient onto a litter at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 22, 2018. The demonstration was part of African Partnership Flight Senegal, an event co-hosted by the U.S. and Senegal that focuses on the exchange of knowledge in the aeromedical and casualty evacuation fields, as well as air and ground safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

West Virginia Air National Guard medical technicians, assigned to the 167th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, demonstrate how to load a patient onto a litter at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 22, 2018. The demonstration was part of African Partnership Flight Senegal, an event co-hosted by the U.S. and Senegal that focuses on the exchange of knowledge in the aeromedical and casualty evacuation fields, as well as air and ground safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

Participants of African Partnership Flight Senegal prepare to board a C-130H Hercules, assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing, West Viginia Air National Guard, at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 22, 2018. The APF program is U.S. Air Forces 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)

Participants of African Partnership Flight Senegal prepare to board a C-130H Hercules, assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing, West Viginia Air National Guard, at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 22, 2018. The APF program is U.S. Air Forces 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)

Participants of African Partnership Flight Senegal load patients onto a West Virginia Air National Guard C-130H Hercules at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 19. The purpose of APF 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)

Participants of African Partnership Flight Senegal load patients onto a West Virginia Air National Guard C-130H Hercules at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 19. The purpose of APF 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)

Airmen assigned to the 167th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, run through a simulated medical emergency in a C-130H Hercules, assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing, at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 22, 2018. The Airmen are in Dakar in support of African Partnership Flight Senegal, a military-to-military event between the U.S. and nine African nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

Airmen assigned to the 167th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, run through a simulated medical emergency in a C-130H Hercules, assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing, at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 22, 2018. The Airmen are in Dakar in support of African Partnership Flight Senegal, a military-to-military event between the U.S. and nine African nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

A participant of African Partnership Flight Senegal and U.S. Air Force Maj. Forrest Moodispaw, 167th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, load patients onto a West Virginia Air National Guard C-130 H Hercules, assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing, at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 22, 2018. APF brings neighboring countries together to learn practical and applicable aviation skills from U.S. Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

A participant of African Partnership Flight Senegal and U.S. Air Force Maj. Forrest Moodispaw, 167th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, load patients onto a West Virginia Air National Guard C-130 H Hercules, assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing, at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 22, 2018. APF brings neighboring countries together to learn practical and applicable aviation skills from U.S. Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

Chief Master Sgt. Matt Lyons, 167th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron medical technician, explains the liquid oxygen system used onboard C-130H Hercules aircraft at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 22, 2018. The 186th AES is in Dakar in support of African Partnership Flight Senegal, a military-to-military event co-hosted by Senegal and the U.S. focusing on casualty evacuation, aeromedical evacuation and air and ground safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

Chief Master Sgt. Matt Lyons, 167th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron medical technician, explains the liquid oxygen system used onboard C-130H Hercules aircraft at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 22, 2018. The 167th AES is in Dakar in support of African Partnership Flight Senegal, a military-to-military event co-hosted by Senegal and the U.S. focusing on casualty evacuation, aeromedical evacuation and air and ground safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

Ivoirian Maj. Katienna Ouattara, asks a question at group discussions for air and ground safety during African Partnership Flight Senegal at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 20, 2018. APF Senegal supports U.S. Africa Command’s priority to build capacity for humanitarian assistance and disaster response with African partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Kay Magdalena Nissen)

Ivoirian Maj. Katienna Ouattara, asks a question at group discussions for air and ground safety during African Partnership Flight Senegal at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 20, 2018. APF Senegal supports U.S. Africa Command’s priority to build capacity for humanitarian assistance and disaster response with African partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Kay Magdalena Nissen)

Chief Master Sgt. Ken Hauck, 48th Fighter Wing staff agencies superintendent, answers questions during an air and ground safety group discussion during African Partnership Flight Senegal at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 20, 2018. APF Senegal involves approximately 40 U.S. Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, the West Virginia Air National Guard, the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, and the Language Enabled Airman Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Kay Magdalena Nissen)

Chief Master Sgt. Ken Hauck, 48th Fighter Wing staff agencies superintendent, answers questions during an air and ground safety group discussion during African Partnership Flight Senegal at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 20, 2018. APF Senegal involves approximately 40 U.S. Airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, the West Virginia Air National Guard, the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, and the Language Enabled Airman Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Kay Magdalena Nissen)

Capt. Malick Traore, 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron aeromedical evacuation project manager, discusses principles of altitude physiology and stresses of flight with a Malian chief of medical operation during African Partnership Flight Senegal, March 20, 2018. Partnership flights are U.S. Air Forces Africa’s premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Kay Magdalena Nissen)

Capt. Malick Traore, 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron aeromedical evacuation project manager, discusses principles of altitude physiology and stresses of flight with a Malian chief of medical operation during African Partnership Flight Senegal, March 20, 2018. Partnership flights are U.S. Air Forces Africa’s premier security cooperation program with African partner nations to improve professional military aviation knowledge and skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Kay Magdalena Nissen)

Benin helicopter pilot, Capt. Chabi Ibrahim, discusses safety in air operations during African Partnership Flight Senegal at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 20, 2018. APF Senegal is a multilateral, military-to-military engagement emphasizing security assistance with African air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Kay Magdalena Nissen)
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Benin helicopter pilot, Capt. Chabi Ibrahim, discusses safety in air operations during African Partnership Flight Senegal at Captain Andalla Cissé Air Base, Senegal, March 20, 2018. APF Senegal is a multilateral, military-to-military engagement emphasizing security assistance with African air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Kay Magdalena Nissen)

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)
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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)
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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.

Tactics, techniques and procedures 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.

More than 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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