The Defense Department recently posted this video of a C-130 from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing dropping soldiers from Cameroon during “Exercise Central Accord 2014.” It’s the first ever airdrop of soldiers from that country by U.S. forces, according to the Defense Department.
Central Accord included more than 450 U.S. troops, along with military and civilian participants from Cameroon, Burundi, Chad, Gabon, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, the Netherlands and the U.S., according to U.S. Army- Africa.
The exercise is one of many recent operations by the Air Force in Africa with the aim of building partnerships with local nations. Another exercise, African Partnership Flight Angola 2014, finished up March 28 after a week of collaboration between U.S., Angolan and Zambian air forces.
We recently published a cover story focusing on new opportunities for airmen in Africa, including participating in exercises such as these.