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Central American and Caribbean Air Chiefs Visit Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) :: Dialogo Americas


Air Forces Southern hosted the leadership of eight Latin American and Caribbean Partnerships Air Force.

By Maj Joost Verduyn, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Public Affairs
December 16, 2018

The Twelfth Airforces Southern hosted the Central American and Caribbean Air Chiefs conference with participants from Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama, 6-8 November 2018. Eight countries participated in three day conference focused on humanitarian aid and disaster response and how to use air force partnerships in these areas.

"It's about partnership," said colleague Roderick Rowe, Japanese defense force, Air Wing Commander. "At these conferences, you build bridges: you can call a partner nation to say we are willing to help in a quest. So, if a partner can deliver an aspect of needs, we can better share and utilize our resources to benefit for our fellow human being. "

Each participating air force representative shared information about their own unique abilities as well as past challenges and successes. "In the end, unions create strength," said Brig. Gene. Juan Dario Tejada Quintana, Commander of the Dominican Republic Air Force. "We have seen that shared help from different nations has been very valuable to those countries affected by natural disasters."

Representatives from eight Latin American air forces are listening to a presentation at the Central American and Caribbean Air Force Conference at the Davis Month Air Force Base in Arizona in November. (Photo: US Air Force Staff Sgt. Danny Rangel)

The air traffic controllers or their representatives were also informed about the collaborative system of the US Air Force (SICOFAA) and the US Air Force Academy (IAAFA). Representatives from state-owned Air National Guard units, who collaborated with South American flight forces through the state partnership program, also participated in the conference.

"We can do things alone, but together we can achieve greater success," said Gen. Quintana. Participants also discussed the importance of the recruited force for aviation activities and visited the 612th Air Operations Center and the 309th Air Force Maintenance and Regeneration Group during the conference.

The conference is an example of the Air Force's (Air Forces Southern) Air Force Sustainable Partnership with Latin American Air Force. It reflects the US's lasting promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with America.

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