US, African air forces find common ground on retention, extremism fight – News


US, African air forces find common ground on retention, extremism fight


RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — The U.S. and African air forces assembled near the Ramstein flight line have varying capabilities, but they have at least one challenge in common: retaining their best people in the face of commercial competition.


Just as the Air Force faces a pilot shortage, airmen from among seven African nations said they face difficulty keeping personnel, they said during the African Partnership Flight program at Ramstein Tuesday.


“Many people find more money, more benefits and less stress in the civilian airlines,” Senegal air force Maj. Mamadou Wathie said. “We need to recruit and train young Senegalese, but we also need to make…

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