Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs (SAF/IA) Ms. Heidi Grant visited Lebanon from November 7-10. Ms. Grant provides oversight and guidance for international policy and programs supporting national security objectives through political military affairs; security assistance programs; technology and information disclosure; and education and training. Her portfolio includes Foreign Military Sales cases implemented by the U.S. Air Force—including A-29s and Cessna aircraft for Lebanon. While in Lebanon she met with the Lebanese Armed Forces Commander and key staff as well as LAF Air Force leadership. She also visited LAF Air Force bases and units to build greater situational awareness in order to assist with advocacy for Foreign Military Sales and International Military Education and Training related security cooperation programs for Lebanon.
During Ms. Grant’s visit, Ambassador Richard announced a $42.9 million reimbursement of funds the Government of Lebanon expended on border operations from 2015 to 2017. On November 8 and 10, the United States delivered munitions valued at over $24 million to support the Lebanese Armed Forces and the LAF Air Force.
The United States remains committed to a stable, secure, democratic, and prosperous Lebanon.