Three More African Countries Join AAAF AS AACS Ends in Nairobi

Commander U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa USAFE-AFAFRICA General Jeffrey Harrigian, Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Francis Ogolla, Chief  of Air Staff Democratic Republic of the Congo Major General Enoch Ngoie, Air Force Chief  Malawi Major General  Peter Lapken and Air Wing Commander Group Captain Hassan Coomber in a group photo after the signing of Association of Africa Air Forces Charter at the  closing  day of African Air Chiefs Symposium on 29 August 2019 in Nairobi.

Commander U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa USAFE-AFAFRICA General Jeffrey Harrigian, Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Francis Ogolla, Chief  of Air Staff Democratic Republic of the Congo Major General Enoch Ngoie, Air Force Chief  Malawi Major General  Peter Lapken and Air Wing Commander Group Captain Hassan Coomber in a group photo after the signing of Association of Africa Air Forces Charter at the  closing  day of African Air Chiefs Symposium on 29 August 2019 in Nairobi.

Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Sierra Leone have officially joined the Association of African Air Forces (AAAF) membership by signing the Association charter in Nairobi. The afternoon ceremony was conducted at the close of the 9th African Air Chiefs Symposium (AACS) witnessed by Air Chiefs from other African countries.

Co-hosted by Kenya Air Force (KAF) and U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) the week-long symposium attracted Air Force Chiefs from over 38 countries in Africa.

Speaking during the closing ceremony, Commander KAF Major General Francis Ogolla expressed his appreciation for the honour accorded to Kenya Air Force to co-host the event saying it provided a forum for the Air Chiefs to network and share best practices from individual countries.

“Our ability to work together through collaboration and partnerships within the existing regional frameworks will unlock the potential to pool together our resources and expertise, reduce tensions and increase our leverage to resource access.” Major General Ogolla said.

He added that during the interactions, the Air Chiefs shared ideas and experiences, identified key policy, institutional, operational and capacity challenges confronting African Air Forces.

His sentiments were echoed by the Commander USAFE-AFAFRICA General Jeffrey Harrigian saying that the symposium offered an opportunity to turn ideas into actions.

The annual symposium serves as a cornerstone event to help members establish Liaison Officers and Chairmen of AAAF and by default become the host subsequent symposia. This year, Rwanda was chosen as the next host, represented by Lieutenant Colonel Godfrey Gasana. The next symposium will take place in Kigali from 21st – 24th July 2020.

Air Force Chief of Malawi, Major General Peter Lapken and Air Wing Commander Group Captain Hassan Coomber in the presence of Commander USAFE-AFAFRICA General Jeffrey Harrigian and Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Francis Ogolla signs the Association of Africa Air Forces Charter during the closing day of the African Air Chiefs Symposium.

Air Force Chief of Malawi, Major General Peter Lapken and Air Wing Commander Group Captain Hassan Coomber in the presence of Commander USAFE-AFAFRICA General Jeffrey Harrigian and Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Francis Ogolla signs the Association of Africa Air Forces Charter during the closing day of the African Air Chiefs Symposium.

Chief of Air Staff Democratic Republic of Congo Major General Enoch Ngoie in the presence of Commander U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa General Jeffrey Harrigian and Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Francis Ogolla signs the Association of Africa Air Forces Charter during closing day of the African Air Chiefs Symposium in Nairobi.

Chief of Air Staff Democratic Republic of Congo Major General Enoch Ngoie in the presence of Commander U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa General Jeffrey Harrigian and Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Francis Ogolla signs the Association of Africa Air Forces Charter during closing day of the African Air Chiefs Symposium in Nairobi.

Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Francis Ogolla congratulates Rwanda Air Force Base Commander Lieutenant Colonel Godfrey Gasana for taking over the chairmanship of Association of Africa Air Forces.

Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Francis Ogolla congratulates Rwanda Air Force Base Commander Lieutenant Colonel Godfrey Gasana for taking over the chairmanship of Association of Africa Air Forces.

Commander U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, General Jeffrey Harrigian and Commander Kenya Air Force, Major General Francis Ogolla congratulate Air Wing Commander Group Captain Hassan Coomber after signing of the Association of Africa Air Forces Charter.

Commander U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, General Jeffrey Harrigian and Commander Kenya Air Force, Major General Francis Ogolla congratulate Air Wing Commander Group Captain Hassan Coomber after signing of the Association of Africa Air Forces Charter.

Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Francis Ogolla interacting with Egyptian Chief of Staff Major General Hesham Mohammed at the closure of the African Air Chiefs Symposium in Nairobi on Thursday 29 August 2019.

Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Francis Ogolla interacting with Egyptian Chief of Staff Major General Hesham Mohammed at the closure of the African Air Chiefs Symposium in Nairobi on Thursday 29 August 2019.