32 African Air Chiefs, representatives attend 11th African Air Chiefs Symposium

The 11th annual African Air Chiefs Symposium was held Jan. 24-28 in Kigali and provided a platform where senior airpower leaders across Africa established and strengthened partner relationships while collaborating and leveraging the unique contributions from each country. There were 32 African air chiefs and senior officials in attendance, three of which were virtual.

AACS was co-hosted by U.S. Air Forces Africa and the Rwanda Defence Force, with U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, and Rwandan Air Force Lt. Gen. Jean Jacques Mupenzi, Rwandan Air chief of staff in attendance. AACS is hosted annually by a different member of the Association of African Air Forces.

“Since its inception in 2011 when the first African Air Chiefs Symposium took place in Ethiopia, this conference has provided a unique opportunity for strategic dialogue, to foster coordination and for us to discuss common interests,” Harrigian said. “It also affords the opportunity to advance airpower development while focusing on specific topics that allow senior leaders to address common challenges.”

The participating countries include Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Dem. Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau (virtual), Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar (virtual), Malawi, Mauritania (virtual), Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rep. of Congo-Brazzaville, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo and Tunisia, Zambia.

During the symposium, key challenges confronting African air chiefs were identified, partner networks were strengthened, and discussions involving strategic airlift and shared best practices for enhancing partner capability were addressed.

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