Exercise African Lion 18 loads up on regional partnership

by Staff Sgt. Nesha Humes Stanton
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

by Staff Sgt. Nesha Humes Stanton
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Royal Moroccan Armed Forces service members and 435th Contingency Response Group Airmen watch a Super Hercules C130-J after completing a combat offload training for Exercise African Lion 18, April 23 at Kenitra Air Base, Morocco. The militaries worked together to move a heavy cargo load off the aircraft, a procedure often used downrange when equipment capabilities are not available. By practicing offloads, the non-NATO allies work together to operate more efficiently in the event of a contingency operation while enhancing professional relationships amongst forces.

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Ronald Orr, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, center, briefs Royal Moroccan Armed Forces service members prior to a combat offload training for Exercise African Lion 18, April 23 at Kenitra Air Base, Morocco. African Lion encompassed multiple joint trainings, such as aeromedical evacuation procedures, personnel drops and parabundle rigging methods, where the U.S. and RMAF work together to promote techniques and tactics amongst forces.


U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Dylan Rymer, 435th Contingency Response Group mobile aerial port journeyman, and a Royal Morocan Armed Forces service member move barrels under a cargo load during a combat offload training for Exercise African Lion 18, April 23 at Kenitra Air Base, Morocco. African Lion strengthens bilateral relationships by working closely with the Government of Morocco on regional security and sustainable development.