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Air Advisors, Chadian Air Force team up to combat terrorism
March 31, 2021

person having a bucket of water dumped on them
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Prestel.

U.S. Embassy N’Djamena Chargé d’Affaires a.i. David Gilmour presents a “water salute” to U.S. Air Force Major John Harris at Adji Kossei Air Base, N’Djamena, Chad marking the occasion of his final flight instructing Chadian Air Force personnel to accelerate Chadian capabilities to support peacekeeping and counter violent extremism in the region. Chadian pilots participated in the festivities of the day and helped to enact the water salute, a symbolic gesture of respect where pilots are sprayed with water in recognition of their final flight.