Niger AF visits 86th AW

Capt. Jenny Lovett
Kaiserslautern American

***image1>left***Members of the Niger Air Force researched U.S. tactical airlift doctrine with units from the 86th Airlift Wing here July 6.

Col. Hassan Mossi, deputy chief of staff for the Niger Air Force, along with three other key members of the Niger Air Force met with Ramstein Airmen to learn airdrop load rigging, mission planning, medevac techniques and other airlift operation procedures.

“The Niger Air Force split from the Army in December 2003 and became an independent body,” said Col. Hassan Mossi, deputy chief of staff of the Niger Air Force. 

He and his staff wanted to see established programs and learn from them, said Capt. Christine Legawiec, 37th Airlift Squadron chief of safety.
“There is no need to re-invent the wheel just because we are a new Air Force,” said the colonel.

While they were here they visited the 86th Operations Group, Ramstein Consolidated Command Post, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Air Mobility Operations Control Center and the 723rd Air Mobility Squadron. There was an additional team of five maintenance officers who visited the 86th Maintenance Group to learn about U.S. maintenance practices.

“The best part is what you did not show us, but what we observed,” said Colonel Mossi. “Every person knows their job and is constantly striving for perfection.”

Colonel Mossi hopes to instill that sense of pride in the job in the troops back home in Niger. “The visit was a huge success,” said Captain Legawiec. “Overall he was ‘very impressed’ with the people he met while he was here and the efficiency of Ramstein operations despite being so busy.”