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    African Partnership Flight comes to the East Coast

    African Partnership Flight comes to the East Coast

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NJ, UNITED STATES

    04.19.2018

    Audio by Staff Sgt. Robert Waggoner 

    621st Contingency Response Wing Public Affairs

    AFRICAN PARTNERSHIP FLIGHT COMES TO THE EAST COAST
    621ST CONTINGENCY RESPONSE WING
    U.S. AIR FORCE STAFF SGT. ROBERT WAGGONER
    01:30 SECONDS

    THE AFRICAN PARTNERSHIP FLIGHT KICKED OFF AT JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST IN NEW JERSEY THIS WEEK. THE WEEK LONG EVENT FEATURES 55 MEMBERS FROM 13 AFRICAN PARTNER NATIONS.
    THIS IS OUR 14TH AFRICAN PARTNERSHIP FLIGHT, THE SECOND ONE WE’VE DONE IN NEW JERSEY.
    SAID LT COL JUSTIN HODGE, CHIEF OF THE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS OPERATIONS BRANCH AT UNITED STATES AIR FORCES IN EUROPE AIR FORCES AFRICA. HE SAYS THESE MULTILATERAL PARTNERSHIP BUILDING ENGAGEMENTS COME DOWN TO ONE SIMPLE CONCEPT.
    IT’S REALLY JUST BREAKING BREAD WITH OUR COUNTERPARTS IN EACH OF THE DIFFERENT AIR FORCES. HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN AND GET TO KNOW PEOPLE REALLY STRENGTHENS THAT BOND BETWEEN MILITARY MEMBERS.
    THE EVENT IS BEING HOSTED BY THE 818TH MISSION SUPPORT ADVISORY SQUADRON, WHICH IS MADE UP OF AIR ADVISORS WHO ARE SPECIFICALLY TRAINED FOR OPERATIONS IN AFRICA.
    ALL OF OUR ADVISORS ARE USUALLY LANGUAGE TRAINED TO SOME EXTENT.
    SAID MAJOR THOMAS RISNER, MEMBER OF THE 818 MSAS AND COMMANDER OF THE AFRICAN PARTNERSHIP FLIGHT.
    WE ALSO GO THROUGH UNIQUE COURSES TO BECOME INSTRUCTORS TO GO TO THOSE AFRICAN COUNTRIES AND ENGAGE WITH THEM. SO OUR ENTIRE SQUADRON IS DEDICATED TO THIS EVENT AND MAKING IT HAPPEN.
    COL HODGE ADDED THAT THE UNIQUE ABILITIES OF THE MSAS HELP US SHOW THE AFRICAN PARTNERS WHAT WE BRING TO THE FIGHT AND BUILDS REGIONAL ALLIANCES. THIS MEANS THE UNITED STATES WONT HAVE TO TACKLE AOR SPECIFIC ISSUES ALONE.
    INSTEAD THEY WILL BE COUPLED WITH THEIR AFRICAN PARTNERS OR IT WILL BE AFRICANS SOLVING AFRICAN ISSUES.
    AIR FORCE STAFF SERGEANT ROBERT WAGGONER, JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY.

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    AUDIO INFO

    Date Taken: 04.19.2018
    Date Posted: 04.20.2018 14:45
    Category: Newscasts
    Audio ID: 51812
    Filename: 1804/DOD_105538448.mp3
    Length: 00:01:29
    Artist Staff Sgt Robert Waggoner
    Year 2018
    Genre Blues
    Location: JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NJ, US 

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