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Lady officer of Qatar Amiri Air Force in US to boost helicopter fleet

  • 18 June 2019
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Lady officer of Qatar Amiri Air Force in US to boost helicopter fleet
First Lieutenant of Qatari Amiri Air Force Mariam Yousef is drawing praise from several quarters and is seen by many as an illustration of the importance of women playing an important role in the advancement of the country.
First Lt. Yousef is the first foreign liaison officer from Qatar to be stationed at Redstone Arsenal, a United States Army post adjacent to Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama. She arrived in September to support a foreign military sales case for Apache helicopters and is assigned to the Programme Executive Office Aviation, Apache Project Office.
“Women play an important role in the advancement of our nation and Lt. Maryam Yusuf is one of these leading women as the first external liaison officer to represent the Qatari Air Force at the Red Stone arsenal, the best example of our commitment to the military partnership with the United States,” Qatar’s Ambassador to the US HE Meshal Hamad al Thani wrote on Twitter.  
She said her initial assignment is for a little more than a year, but that she may extend depending on mission requirements. She also said Qatar plans to maintain the position to continue supporting current and potential future FMS requirements. 
A FLO is an official representative, either military or civilian, of a foreign government or international organization stationed in the U.S. normally for the purpose of managing or monitoring security assistance programs.
In addition to PEO Aviation, Yousef also works with the Aviation and Missile Command, Security Assistance Management Directorate, Attack System Division Qatar Apache team, and the Security Assistance Command's Country Program Manager for Qatar. 
The contract for the 24 AH-64E Apache Longbow helicopters, awarded June 7, 2016, to Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, includes training of 70 pilots and 100 ground crew, which is part of the FMS Total Package Approach.
In a formal delivery ceremony at Boeing's Mesa production plant in Arizona in March, the Army handed over the first of 24 AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters purchased by Qatar case.
Deliveries are expected to be complete by the end of May 2020. 
Yousef's presence allows the U.S. government to obtain responses to time-sensitive requests for information and technical inquires inFirst Lieutenant of Qatari Amiri Air Force Mariam Yousef is drawing praise from several quarters and is seen by many as an illustration of the importance women play in the advancement of the country.
First Lt. Yousef is the first foreign liaison officer from Qatar to be stationed at Redstone Arsenal, a United States Army post adjacent to Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama. She arrived in September to support a foreign military sales case for Apache helicopters and is assigned to the Programme Executive Office Aviation, Apache Project Office.
“Women play an important role in the advancement of our nation and Lt. Maryam Yusuf is one of these leading women as the first external liaison officer to represent the Qatari Air Force at the Red Stone arsenal, the best example of our commitment to the military partnership with the United States,” Qatar’s Ambassador to the US HE Meshal Hamad al Thani wrote on Twitter.  
She said her initial assignment is for a little more than a year, but that she may extend depending on mission requirements. She also said Qatar plans to maintain the position to continue supporting current and potential future FMS requirements. 
A FLO is an official representative, either military or civilian, of a foreign government or international organization stationed in the U.S. normally for the purpose of managing or monitoring security assistance programs.
In addition to PEO Aviation, Yousef also works with the Aviation and Missile Command, Security Assistance Management Directorate, Attack System Division Qatar Apache team, and the Security Assistance Command's Country Program Manager for Qatar. 
The contract for the 24 AH-64E Apache Longbow helicopters, awarded June 7, 2016, to Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, includes training of 70 pilots and 100 ground crew, which is part of the FMS Total Package Approach.
In a formal delivery ceremony at Boeing's Mesa production plant in Arizona in March, the Army handed over the first of 24 AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters purchased by Qatar case.
Deliveries are expected to be complete by the end of May 2020. 
Yousef's presence allows the U.S. government to obtain responses to time-sensitive requests for information and technical inquires in an expedited manner, which can be critical to the success of an FMS program. 
"My career began when I took a position at Gulf Helicopters Company in Doha," she said. "After my initial experience and on-the-job training, I became a licensed engineer working in the helicopter maintenance department and rated on the AgustaWestland AW-139 helicopter. I was promoted to the position of engineering technical instructor in the Training Department within Gulf Helicopters and then I spent two years as the deputy manager of the Training Department."
While at Redstone, Yousef said she will be handling "all things Apache." 
"The receipt of the Apache helicopters is a turning point in the Qatar armed forces' attack helicopter capability," she said.
Yousef said working at Redstone has been a good experience.
"It has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in program management and to become acquainted with our new equipment," she said. "The AH-64E is a very complex aircraft, so it is important that we have personnel that are acquainted with the technical aspects at all levels. Having a representative located with the PEO AVN, AMCOM SAMD and USASAC has been advantageous for the QEAF's program."
 an expedited manner, which can be critical to the success of an FMS program. 
"My career began when I took a position at Gulf Helicopters Company in Doha," she said. "After my initial experience and on-the-job training, I became a licensed engineer working in the helicopter maintenance department and rated on the AgustaWestland AW-139 helicopter. I was promoted to the position of engineering technical instructor in the Training Department within Gulf Helicopters and then I spent two years as the deputy manager of the Training Department."
While at Redstone, Yousef said she will be handling "all things Apache." 
"The receipt of the Apache helicopters is a turning point in the Qatar armed forces' attack helicopter capability," she said.
Yousef said working at Redstone has been a good experience.
"It has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge in program management and to become acquainted with our new equipment," she said. "The AH-64E is a very complex aircraft, so it is important that we have personnel that are acquainted with the technical aspects at all levels. Having a representative located with the PEO AVN, AMCOM SAMD and USASAC has been advantageous for the QEAF's program."
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