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USACE joins partners in Nigeria for groundbreaking ceremony for A-29 Super Tucano support facilities

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District
Published Feb. 16, 2022
Updated: Feb. 16, 2022
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division Commander Brig. Gen. Thomas Tickner shovels a ceremonial scoop of concrete while U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, Deputy Director for the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate Ronald Taylor and Nigerian Air Force personnel look on at the site where replacement concrete apron sections will be completed outside of a hangar at Kainji Air Force Base in Nigeria on February 15, 2022. The officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony highlighting the ongoing construction the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing.  The construction is a part of the historic $500 million U.S. foreign military sale to Nigeria, which also includes the delivery of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, munitions, and training. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division Commander Brig. Gen. Thomas Tickner shovels a ceremonial scoop of concrete while U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, Deputy Director for the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate Ronald Taylor and Nigerian Air Force personnel look on at the site where replacement concrete apron sections will be completed outside of a hangar at Kainji Air Force Base in Nigeria on February 15, 2022. The officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony highlighting the ongoing construction the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing. The construction is a part of the historic $500 million U.S. foreign military sale to Nigeria, which also includes the delivery of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, munitions, and training. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division Commander Brig. Gen. Thomas Tickner greets a member of the Nigerian Air Force by bumping elbows while visiting ongoing construction at Kainji Air Force Base in Nigeria with U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard February 15, 2022. The officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony highlighting the ongoing construction of support facilities for recently delivered A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. The construction is a part of the historic $500 million U.S. foreign military sale to Nigeria, which also includes the delivery of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, munitions, and training. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division Commander Brig. Gen. Thomas Tickner greets a member of the Nigerian Air Force by bumping elbows while visiting ongoing construction at Kainji Air Force Base in Nigeria with U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard February 15, 2022. The officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony highlighting the ongoing construction of support facilities for recently delivered A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. The construction is a part of the historic $500 million U.S. foreign military sale to Nigeria, which also includes the delivery of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, munitions, and training. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria)

Nigerian Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Embassy and U.S. Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate partners pose at Kainji Air Force Base in Nigeria February 15, 2022. The officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony highlighting the ongoing construction of support facilities for recently delivered A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. The construction is a part of the historic $500 million U.S. foreign military sale to Nigeria, which also includes the delivery of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, munitions, and training. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria)

Nigerian Air Force, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Embassy and U.S. Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate partners pose at Kainji Air Force Base in Nigeria February 15, 2022. The officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony highlighting the ongoing construction of support facilities for recently delivered A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. The construction is a part of the historic $500 million U.S. foreign military sale to Nigeria, which also includes the delivery of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, munitions, and training. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division Commander Brig. Gen. Thomas Tickner, Nigerian Air Force personnel and others look on as a Nigerian Air Force pilot gives a demonstration of flight simulator training at Kainji Air Force Base in Nigeria February 15, 2022. The simulator is housed in a recently constructed temporary facility that will be replaced as part of ongoing construction of additional supporting facilities for the recently delivered A-29 Super Tucano aircraft at the base being managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. That same day, Tickner and other U.S. officials, including U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard and Deputy Director for the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate Ronald Taylor, joined Nigerian Air Force officials for a groundbreaking ceremony highlighting the ongoing construction project at the base. The construction is part of a historic $500 million U.S. foreign military sale to Nigeria, which also includes the delivery of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, munitions, and training – including the simulator equipment. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division Commander Brig. Gen. Thomas Tickner, Nigerian Air Force personnel and others look on as a Nigerian Air Force pilot gives a demonstration of flight simulator training at Kainji Air Force Base in Nigeria February 15, 2022. The simulator is housed in a recently constructed temporary facility that will be replaced as part of ongoing construction of additional supporting facilities for the recently delivered A-29 Super Tucano aircraft at the base being managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. That same day, Tickner and other U.S. officials, including U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard and Deputy Director for the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate Ronald Taylor, joined Nigerian Air Force officials for a groundbreaking ceremony highlighting the ongoing construction project at the base. The construction is part of a historic $500 million U.S. foreign military sale to Nigeria, which also includes the delivery of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, munitions, and training – including the simulator equipment. (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria)

KAINJI AIR FORCE BASE, Nigeria -- On February 15, U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Brig. Gen. Thomas Tickner visited Kainji Air Force Base to break ground on the final phase of the $38 million construction project for the A-29 Super Tucanos’ support facilities. They were joined by the Deputy Director for the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate Ronald Taylor and senior Nigerian Air Force officials.

The construction site will be the location of several critical facilities including sunshades to house the A-29 Super Tucanos, munitions assembly and storage areas, and an annex for the A-29 flight simulator. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District, which is part of the larger U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Atlantic Division, is overseeing the construction of this necessary infrastructure for the operation and maintenance of the A-29 Super Tucanos and their accompanying munitions.

While touring the site, Ambassador Leonard explained the importance of this groundbreaking, “We are not just here today to celebrate a milestone in airbase construction, but a milestone in a partnership between our two countries. This monumental undertaking of the Nigerian Air Force through the A-29 Super Tucano program reflects the work ethic, ingenuity, and dedication of the Nigerian people.”

Tickner, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Atlantic Division, echoed Ambassador Leonard’s sentiment, “We are proud to partner with the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Air Force, and the Nigerian Air Force to deliver support facilities for their new fleet of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. These projects are a prime example of USACE’s unique ability to apply its engineering expertise in ways that build partner capacity, strengthen strategic relationships, and bolster Nigeria’s security capability.”

This construction project is a part of the historic $500 million U.S. foreign military sale to Nigeria, which also includes the delivery of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircrafts, munitions, and world-class training. This is the largest U.S. foreign military sales case in Sub-Saharan Africa and demonstrates the strong partnership between the United States and Nigeria. The United States is committed to assisting Nigeria in its efforts to create a more peaceful, prosperous nation.

(Article is Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria)