Approximately 50 US service members and four aircrafts from bases in the United States and Europe will participate in the Aeroexpo Marrackech 2010 international air/trade show in Morocco, January 27-30, 2010.
Static display aircraft at the event will include two F-16C Fighting Falcons from the 169th Fighter Wing, South Carolina Air National Guard, S.C.; a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 151st Air Refueling Wing, Utah Air National Guard; and a C-130J Super Hercules, from the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Air Forces Africa (17th Air Force) Commander Major General Ronald Ladnier; and Major General Brian Tarbet, the Adjutant General, Utah National Guard, are scheduled to be present during the trade show; along with Major General Stanhope Spears, the Adjutant General for the SC National Guard.
The units are coming in support of US Africa Command (AFRICOM) and its air component, AFAFRICA, which has been strengthening cooperation with Moroccan forces since both commands activated in October 2008.
AFAFRICA traces its heritage, including the 17th Air Force designation, back to its origins at Rabat, Morocco in 1953. The unit was also headquartered at Wheelus AB, Libya from 1956-1963 before moving to Germany.
The Utah National Guard has forged a partnership through the National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Morocco for more than six years, supporting six different activities in 2009, to include medical, engineering, disaster preparedness, and medical exercises and activities.
Air Forces Africa and other unit Public Affairs representatives will be on hand to coordinate interviews and other requests from the media. For more information, please contact the 17th AF Public Affairs representative in Morocco at (808) 659-2134, or +49 (0)1515-286-9898. To contact the 17th Air Force PA office at their Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Headquarters, call 001 49 6371-47-9257.