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Marrakech Air Show 2018 showcases aviation technology, strong enduring ties with Morocco

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Oct 24, 2018) Moroccan Royal Air Force planes fly over a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules at the 2018 Marrakech Air Show. The air show provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. along with other military partners to showcase leadership in aerospace technologies while supporting various armament procurement competitions taking place throughout Europe and Africa. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Oct 24, 2018) Moroccan Royal Air Force planes fly over a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules at the 2018 Marrakech Air Show. The air show provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. along with other military partners to showcase leadership in aerospace technologies while supporting various armament procurement competitions taking place throughout Europe and Africa. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Oct 24, 2018) U.S. Air Force and British Royal Air Force Airmen spectate the 2018 Marrakech Air Show while on top of a C-130 Hercules. The air show provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. along with other military partners to showcase leadership in aerospace technologies while supporting various armament procurement competitions taking place throughout Europe and Africa. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Oct 24, 2018) U.S. Air Force and British Royal Air Force Airmen spectate the 2018 Marrakech Air Show while on top of a C-130 Hercules. The air show provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. along with other military partners to showcase leadership in aerospace technologies while supporting various armament procurement competitions taking place throughout Europe and Africa. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Oct 24, 2018) ) General Tod Wolters, center, USAFE-AFAFRICA Commander, enters the Marrakech Air Show at RMAF Military Base. Direct participation in the air show supports U.S. Government security policy and promotes strong U.S. ties with Morocco. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Oct 24, 2018) ) General Tod Wolters, center, USAFE-AFAFRICA Commander, enters the Marrakech Air Show at RMAF Military Base. Direct participation in the air show supports U.S. Government security policy and promotes strong U.S. ties with Morocco. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

C-130 crewmembers SSgt Mario Linton (left) and A1C Alex Loberg from the 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, pose for a pictures with visitors at the Marrakech Air Show in Marrakech, Morocco. The air show drew hundreds of civilian and military aviation leaders and thousands of public visitors Oct. 24-27 to showcase leadership in aerospace technologies by the U.S., Morocco and other regional partners. Continued U.S participation in the Marrakech Air Show, held every two years since 2008, promotes strong ties with Morocco and demonstrates to large audiences that U.S. industry is producing the types of equipment that is critical to current and future military operations.

C-130 crewmembers SSgt Mario Linton (left) and A1C Alex Loberg from the 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, pose for a pictures with visitors at the Marrakech Air Show in Marrakech, Morocco. The air show drew hundreds of civilian and military aviation leaders and thousands of public visitors Oct. 24-27 to showcase leadership in aerospace technologies by the U.S., Morocco and other regional partners. Continued U.S participation in the Marrakech Air Show, held every two years since 2008, promotes strong ties with Morocco and demonstrates to large audiences that U.S. industry is producing the types of equipment that is critical to current and future military operations.

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Oct 23, 2018) Senior Airmen Sierra Bailey, USAFE-AFAFRICA Band Touch n’ Go vocalist, performs at The American School of Marrakesh. The band, in Morocco to support the African Air Chiefs Symposium and the Marrakech Air Show, also had the opportunity to perform for nearly 400 students. The aviation events and band performances highlighted the strong cooperation and partnership between the U.S. and Morocco and demonstrates U.S. commitment to safety and security across Africa. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Oct 23, 2018) Senior Airmen Sierra Bailey, USAFE-AFAFRICA Band Touch n’ Go vocalist, performs at The American School of Marrakesh. The band, in Morocco to support the African Air Chiefs Symposium and the Marrakech Air Show, also had the opportunity to perform for nearly 400 students. The aviation events and band performances highlighted the strong cooperation and partnership between the U.S. and Morocco and demonstrates U.S. commitment to safety and security across Africa. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Oct 23, 2018) Master Sergeant Johnny Kukan, USAFE-AFAFRICA Band Touch n’ Go NCOIC/guitarist, performs at The American School of Marrakesh. The band, in Morocco to support the African Air Chiefs Symposium and the Marrakech Air Show, also had the opportunity to perform for nearly 400 students. The aviation events and band performances highlighted the strong cooperation and partnership between the U.S. and Morocco and demonstrates U.S. commitment to safety and security across Africa.  (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Oct 23, 2018) Master Sergeant Johnny Kukan, USAFE-AFAFRICA Band Touch n’ Go NCOIC/guitarist, performs at The American School of Marrakesh. The band, in Morocco to support the African Air Chiefs Symposium and the Marrakech Air Show, also had the opportunity to perform for nearly 400 students. The aviation events and band performances highlighted the strong cooperation and partnership between the U.S. and Morocco and demonstrates U.S. commitment to safety and security across Africa. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix)

Marrakech, Morocco -- Marrakech Air Show 2018 (MAS18) drew hundreds of civilian and military aviation leaders and thousands of public visitors Oct. 24-27 to showcase leadership in aerospace technologies by the U.S., Morocco and other regional partners.

This year the U.S. participated with several aircraft platforms including a U.S. Air Force C-17A Globemaster II, C-130J Super Hercules, and KC-135R Stratotanker as well as a Navy P-8 Poseidon, Army AH-64 Apache and Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper.

Continued U.S. participation in the Marrakech Air Show, held every two years since 2008, promotes strong ties with Morocco and demonstrates to large audiences that U.S. industry is producing the types of equipment that is critical to current and future military operations.

“Air shows are really an area where we can all come together because we have a common bond,” said Ms. Heidi Grant, Deputy under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs. “We can talk about challenges that our air forces are seeing not only in the region but globally as well.”

“Last year we celebrated 240 years of Moroccan-American friendship,” said Ms. Stephanie Miley, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires. “The air show and all that we do in our military to military cooperation reinforces how important that relationship is.”

For USAFE-AFAFRICA Headquarters, planning and executing air shows across Europe and Africa is a challenging task that involves detailed joint coordination for success.

“My role as the Deputy Air Boss is to take care of the aircraft and the crews … we brought a joint force here with guard, reserve and active duty Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft,” said Lt. Col. Kemp, USAFE-AFAFRICA Plans and Operations Division.

Air Force participation in airshows goes beyond having USAF aircraft flying in the skies or on static display for industry and public visitors, but also extends to transporting other U.S. military aircraft to enable joint participation. This year a C-17 and crew from the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, transported both an Army AH-64 Apache and Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter from their CONUS locations to Morocco to facilitate Army and Marine Corps participation in the air show, Kemp said.