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USAFE Band performs for Airmen at Nigerien Air Base 201

Members of Touch ‘n Go, an ensemble of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band, perform for Airmen and members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, March 10, 2017. Touch ‘n Go performed for Airmen deployed to Niger as well as their counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

Members of Touch ‘n Go, an ensemble of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band, perform for Airmen and members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, March 10, 2017. Touch ‘n Go performed for Airmen deployed to Niger as well as their counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

Senior Airman Paula Hunt, United Stated Air Forces in Europe Band vocalist, sings during a performance at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, March 10, 2017. Hunt and her band-mates played the first concert for deployed Airmen at Nigerien AB 201. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

Senior Airman Paula Hunt, United Stated Air Forces in Europe Band vocalist, sings during a performance at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, March 10, 2017. Hunt and her band-mates played the first concert for deployed Airmen at Nigerien AB 201. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

Staff Sgt. Mark Wheeler, United States Air Forces in Europe Band percussionist, plays the drums during a performance at Nigerien Air Base 201 near Agadez, Niger, March 10, 2017. An ensemble of the USAFE Band, known as Touch ‘n Go, performed for Airmen deployed to Niger as well as their counterparts in the Forces Armées Nigeriennes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

Staff Sgt. Mark Wheeler, United States Air Forces in Europe Band percussionist, plays the drums during a performance at Nigerien Air Base 201 near Agadez, Niger, March 10, 2017. An ensemble of the USAFE Band, known as Touch ‘n Go, performed for Airmen deployed to Niger as well as their counterparts in the Forces Armées Nigeriennes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

Members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes dance during an entertainment event at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, March 10, 2017. An ensemble of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band known as Touch ‘n Go performed for Airmen deployed to Niger as well as their counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

Members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes dance during an entertainment event at Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez, Niger, March 10, 2017. An ensemble of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band known as Touch ‘n Go performed for Airmen deployed to Niger as well as their counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

Deployed Airmen attend a band performance at Nigerien Air Base 201 Agadez, Niger, March 10, 2017. A United States Air Forces in Europe Band ensemble, known as Touch ‘n Go, performed the first musical entertainment event held at Air Base 201 to build Airmen morale and enhance military partnerships between the U.S. Air Force and Forces Armées Nigeriennes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

Deployed Airmen attend a band performance at Nigerien Air Base 201 Agadez, Niger, March 10, 2017. A United States Air Forces in Europe Band ensemble, known as Touch ‘n Go, performed the first musical entertainment event held at Air Base 201 to build Airmen morale and enhance military partnerships between the U.S. Air Force and Forces Armées Nigeriennes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

Members of the United States Air Forces in Europe Band ensemble, Touch ‘n Go, performed for Airmen and members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes at Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger, March 10, 2017.

 

More than half the base showed up to one of the first morale events provided to entertain Airmen who endure the diverse conditions of Africa and complete the base’s mission.

 

“The Airmen were very excited, and you don’t get that very often out here in such an austere location,” said Lt. Col. Marlyce Roth, 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron commander. “It was a lot of hard work by services to get the band out here, and I think the Airmen appreciated it.”

 

While the Airmen deployed to Niger AB 201 appreciated the band’s performance, the band members also enjoyed their opportunity to play for the Airmen and the host nation attendees.

 

“It was a fantastic opportunity to play for the Airmen and local nationals to boost morale and help build their partnership capacity,” said Master Sgt. Michele Harris, NCO in charge of Touch ‘n Go. “The turnout of Airmen was incredible and after the show some came up to us and thanked us for the performance.”

 

It is through engagements such as these performances that allow Air Force personnel to connect with people from different cultures and strengthen relations through cultural diplomacy.

 

“The performances we have at remote locations like Agadez are the ones that mean the most,” said Harris. “We brought together the local nationals and US personnel through music, and judging by the dancing and singing of those in the crowd, everyone had a great time.”

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