After 1000 days, and barriers including dust storms, thunderstorms, and the isolated location, US Air Force airmen at Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger have completed the largest troop labor project in history. Air Base 201's 6000 foot runway will give the Air Force a constant intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance presence in a increasingly active region for extremist activities.

Nigerien Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger is the largest Air Force-led Construction project in recent history. It's 6000-foot runway will expand the Air Force's ability to project air power to western Africa to combat growing violent extremists in the region. 600 REDHORSE airmen spent 1000 days battling environmental and logistical hurdles to build the critical base in the Sahel region.

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