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U.S., Bangladesh Airmen increase interoperability during talks

U.S., Bangladesh Airmen increase interoperability during talks

U.S. and Bangladesh air forces come together during the second annual Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks at the Aloha Conference Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 10, 2017. The A2A talks are designed to not only foster military-to-military relationships with regional partners, but also to pave the way for future collaboration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kamaile Casillas)

U.S., Bangladesh Airmen increase interoperability during talks

Charles Nicholls, right, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) historian, provides a brief history of Dec. 7, 1941, during the recent U.S. and Bangladesh air forces second annual Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks at Headquarters PACAF, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 10, 2017. The A2A talks are designed to not only foster military-to-military relationships with regional partners, but also to pave the way for future collaboration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kamaile Casillas)

U.S., Bangladesh Airmen increase interoperability during talks

U.S. and Bangladesh air forces pay their respects during a Rememberance Barge tour to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, Hawaii, Aug. 9, 2017. The two air forces took some time out from the second annual Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks, Aug. 8-10 at the Aloha Conference Center on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, to view the memorial. The A2A talks are designed to not only foster military-to-military relationships with regional partners, but also to pave the way for future collaboration. (Courtesy photo/Maj. Mark Lesar)

U.S., Bangladesh Airmen increase interoperability during talks

U.S. and Bangladesh air forces pose for a group photo in the Courtyard of Heroes on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during the second annual Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks, Aug. 10, 2017. The A2A talks are designed to not only foster military-to-military relationships with regional partners, but also to pave the way for future collaboration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kamaile Casillas)

U.S., Bangladesh Airmen increase interoperability during talks

Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Air Commodore M Sayed Hossain, left, BAF director of air training, Air Headquarters, listens as U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russell Mack, Pacific Air Forces deputy commander, provides closing comments at the conclusion of the second annual Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks at the Aloha Conference Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 10, 2017. The A2A talks are designed to not only foster military-to-military relationships with regional partners, but also to pave the way for future collaboration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kamaile Casillas)

U.S., Bangladesh Airmen increase interoperability during talks

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russell Mack, Pacific Air Forces deputy commander, second from right, and Bangladesh Air Force members pose for a photo with Marcia Bernicat, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, center, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 8, 2017. The two air forces participated in the second annual Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks, Aug. 8-10 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where they discussed plans for future collaboration. (Courtesy photo/Maj. Mark Lesar)

U.S., Bangladesh Airmen increase interoperability during talks

Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Air Commodore M Sayed Hossain, left, BAF director of air training, Air Headquarters, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russell Mack, Pacific Air Forces deputy commander, exchange gifts concluding the second annual Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks at the Aloha Conference Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 10, 2017. The A2A talks are designed to not only foster military-to-military relationships with regional partners, but also to pave the way for future collaboration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kamaile Casillas)

U.S., Bangladesh Airmen increase interoperability during talks

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russell Mack, left, Pacific Air Forces deputy commander, and Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Air Commodore M Sayed Hossain, BAF director of air training, Air Headquarters, sign meetings minutes concluding the second annual Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 10, 2017. The A2A talks are designed to not only foster military-to-military relationships with regional partners, but also to pave the way for future collaboration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kamaile Casillas)

U.S., Bangladesh Airmen increase interoperability during talks

Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Air Commodore M Sayed Hossain, left, BAF director of air training, Air Headquarters, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russell Mack, Pacific Air Forces deputy commander, exchange gifts concluding the second annual Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks at the Aloha Conference Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 10, 2017. The A2A talks are designed to not only foster military-to-military relationships with regional partners, but also to pave the way for future collaboration. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kamaile Casillas)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- "We have been looking forward to these talks and are hopeful this will be a fruitful engagement for us," said Bangladesh Air Force Air Commodore M Sayed Hossain, director of air training, Air Headquarters, during opening remarks at the second annual U.S. and Bangladesh Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks held here, August 8 to 10.

Hossain led a delegation of four Bangladesh airmen who met with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Russell Mack, Pacific Air Forces deputy commander, and 16 PACAF personnel to discuss the way ahead for military cooperation between the two air forces.

The A2A talks are designed to foster military-to-military relationships with regional partners and pave the way for future collaboration.

The goals of the three-day talks were reviewing the effectiveness of already established exercise and engagement programs, increasing the interoperability between the two air forces and empowering effective responses particularly in the areas of counterterrorism, maritime security, peacekeeping operations and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief.

In recent years, military cooperation between both countries has included Bangladesh hosting U.S. Pacific Command and PACAF exercises like Cope South, participating in Pacific Airlift Rally, Pacific Angel, and various subject matter expert exchanges, and observing Red Flag-Alaska and most recently Mobility Guardian.

"This opportunity allows us to help both our nations grow together," Hossain said. "We look forward to many more training exchanges in the near future."

Many of these key engagements have been successful and talks such as these further strengthen the U.S. and Bangladesh relationship as both air forces continue to seek engagement opportunities that preserve peace and stability in the region.

"Simply put, as Airmen, we share many common goals," Mack said. "We can make a difference by collaborating to enhance peace, security and stability in this region and we recognize the Bangladesh Air Force's immense impact around the globe. We look forward to continuing this rewarding dialogue at next year's talks."