US Africa Command (Africom) and US Air Force Africa (USAFAF), along with the US Armed Forces 621st Contingency Response Wing (CRW), has completed a partnership building engagement with Angola – “one of only a few countries in Africa that can support international peacekeeping operations”.
This comment came from Colonel David Poage, USAFAF international relations chief, after the four day engagement in the Angolan capital, Luanda.
The engagement gave air advisors from the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron the opportunity to exchange ideas on safety and security with their Angolan counterparts. The 621st safety travelling contact team exchanged best practices in bird strike avoidance, operational and crew resource management as well as flight line and fuel safety with a USAFAF contact travelling team concentrating on flight line security.
Angolan Air Force Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Domingos Adriano de Silva Neto, welcomed the engagement in the light of the security and defence of air base being a national priority. This included prevention of accidents and flight safety.
“The improvement of procedures in these areas is not only crucial for our operational capacity but is also a critical aspect for our contribution to the promotion and development of our economy. The airpower the Angolan Armed Forces are developing as part of its reconstruction will improve our country’s regional and international security, as well as the ability to respond to humanitarian crises and natural disasters.”
Both he and Poage said the exchange of knowledge and experience strengthened the relationship between the two countries’ air forces.