African and U.S. Air force leaders Air Force leaders meet in Ethiopia
April. 27 2011
Air force leaders from more than 20 nations across Africa joined with U.S. Air Force leaders here April 26 to discuss aviation issues and develop partnerships across the continent.
The 2011 African Air Chiefs Conference, which runs through April 28, is hosted by Air Forces Africa, also known as 17th Air Force, and is the largest gathering of air chiefs across African nations to date.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy, and Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward, the Air Forces Africa commander, spoke during the opening day of the conference and listened to issues faced by many partner nations across the continent.
General Schwartz addressed an audience of more than 150 military and diplomatic leaders as the keynote speaker, telling them that members of the represented air forces share common goals and challenges despite their different backgrounds and cultures.