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Brazilian, Colombian air forces participate in Mobility Guardian

Colombian air force Brazilian air force Mobility Guardian

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Mangan, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Strategic Plans and Programs deputy director and C-5 Galaxy pilot, Brazilian air force Capt. Daniel Souza, Casa 295 pilot, and Colombian air force Maj. Luis Carlos Perez Arias, Casa 295 pilot, discuss flight operations at Yakima Training Center, Wash., during Mobility Guardian Aug. 2, 2017. Mobility Guardian is a realistic, scenario-driven exercise, with a significant portion focused on integrating the U.S. Air Force with joint and international partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. --

The Colombian air force and Brazilian air force conducted their first flights for the Mobility Guardian exercise Aug. 2.

Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's largest realistic, scenario-driven exercise to date, with more than 3,000 personnel and 25 international partners participating from July 31 to Aug. 12.

The Colombian air force conducted day and night familiarization flights and the Brazilian air force conducted a day familiarization flight to become oriented with Washington State terrain.

“[During] the first segment [of the flight] we did IFR [Instrument Flight Rules] higher levels, then we went to low level like 300 feet, just like we do in Brazil,” said Brazilian air force Capt. Daniel Souza, Casa 295 pilot. “It was great to see how the things work here.”

Pilots from the Colombian air force felt the terrain was similar in Washington but the weather was different. However, the Brazilian air force pilots felt the terrain was different from their country.

“It’s quite different in Brazil we don’t have many mountains there,” Souza said.

The flight commanders from both countries said their highest priority at Mobility Guardian is to gain friendship.

“We are very honored to be here flying in U.S.A.,” said Colombian air force Lt. Col. Luis Antonio Gelvez Diaz, Casa 295 pilot. 

 

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