635th MMS Assists Chadian Air Force to overcome windstorm damage to aircraft

Airmen from the 635th Material Maintenance Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, deployed to N'Djamena on Jan. 7, 2018 to assist the Chadian Air Force to erect aircraft maintenance shelters and training for their critical aircraft. The effort was initiated due to a large-scale wind storm last summer that destroyed many aircraft and maintenance shelters located in the main airfield in N'Djamena. (Courtesy Photo)

Airmen from the 635th Material Maintenance Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, deployed to N'Djamena on Jan. 7, 2018 to assist the Chadian Air Force to erect aircraft maintenance shelters and training for their critical aircraft. The effort was initiated due to a large-scale wind storm last summer that destroyed many aircraft and maintenance shelters located in the main airfield in N'Djamena. (Courtesy Photo)

Airmen from the 635th Material Maintenance Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, deployed to N'Djamena on Jan. 7, 2018 to assist the Chadian Air Force to erect aircraft maintenance shelters and training for their critical aircraft. The effort was initiated due to a large-scale wind storm last summer that destroyed many aircraft and maintenance shelters located in the main airfield in N'Djamena. (Courtesy Photo)

Airmen from the 635th Material Maintenance Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, deployed to N'Djamena on Jan. 7, 2018 to assist the Chadian Air Force to erect aircraft maintenance shelters and training for their critical aircraft. The effort was initiated due to a large-scale wind storm last summer that destroyed many aircraft and maintenance shelters located in the main airfield in N'Djamena. (Courtesy Photo)

Airmen from the 635th Material Maintenance Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, deployed to N'Djamena on Jan. 7, 2018 to assist the Chadian Air Force to erect aircraft maintenance shelters and training for their critical aircraft. The effort was initiated due to a large-scale wind storm last summer that destroyed many aircraft and maintenance shelters located in the main airfield in N'Djamena. (Courtesy Photo)

Airmen from the 635th Material Maintenance Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, deployed to N'Djamena on Jan. 7, 2018 to assist the Chadian Air Force to erect aircraft maintenance shelters and training for their critical aircraft. The effort was initiated due to a large-scale wind storm last summer that destroyed many aircraft and maintenance shelters located in the main airfield in N'Djamena. (Courtesy Photo)

STUTTGART, Germany -- Airmen from 635th Material Maintenance Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base deployed to N'Djamena on Jan. 7, 2018, to assist the Chadian Air Force to erect maintenance shelters and provide maintenance training for their critical aircraft.

This effort was initiated last summer due to a large-scale wind storm that destroyed Chadian Air Force aircraft and aircraft maintenance shelters located in the main airfield in N’Djamena.

At the request of Chadian government and military leadership, representatives from U.S. Africa Command traveled to N’Djamena to meet with the Office of Security Cooperation and Chadian leadership to develop a plan to assist the Chadian Air Force.

The team on the ground is currently working to erect three Large Area Maintenance Shelters (LAMS) to house some of Chad’s aircrafts, including Cessna 208Bs which are scheduled to arrive soon. The first shelter is 85% complete and the team is scheduled to complete all three shelters by mid-February.

The LAMS were requisitioned through the use of the Lake Chad Basin U.S. Presidential Drawdown Authority. U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Air Forces Africa will continue to provide further assistance to the Chadian Air Force through follow-on security force assistance and building partnership capacity activities.

More information will be posted following the completion of the mission.