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US, Salvadoran airmen share night vision knowledge

US, Salvadoran Airmen share night vision knowledge

Staff Sgt. Daniel Hoover, 355th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, El Salvadoran Air Force First Sgt. Raul Mauricio Molina Cedillos, aviation technician and U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) operations, plans and requirements superintendent, discus night vision goggles during a Subject Matter Expert Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 7, 2018. The exchange focused on the use and development of night vision goggles and the structure of the aircrew flight equipment shop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

US, Salvadoran Airmen share night vision knowledge

El Salvadoran Air Force First Sgt. Raul Mauricio Molina Cedillos, aviation technician, speaks with U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) operations, plans and requirements superintendent, during a Subject Matter Expert Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 7, 2018. The SMEE focused on night vision goggles calibration, preventative maintenance and storage, and the life support structure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

US, Salvadoran Airmen share night vision knowledge

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Hall, 355th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, El Salvadoran Air Force Tech. Sgt. Moisés Rolando Serrano Borjorquez, Aviation Electrician, El Salvadoran Air Force First Sgt. Raul Mauricio Molina Cedillos, aviation technician and U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) operations, plans and requirements superintendent, during a Subject Matter Expert Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 7, 2018. Two El Salvadoran Air Force aircraft mechanics and two U.S. Air Force aircrew flight equipment craftsmen shared knowledge through the mission planner who was able to interpret the information between the Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

US, Salvadoran Airmen share night vision knowledge

Command Chief Master Sgt. Alexander Del Valle, 12th Air Force(Air Forces Southern) left center, speaks to El Salvadoran Air Force and U.S. Air Force Airmen during a Subject Matter Expert Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 8, 2018. Chief de Valle spoke to them concerning enlisted structure, development and gender equality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

US, Salvadoran Airmen share night vision knowledge

El Salvadoran Air Force First Sgt. Raul Mauricio Molina Cedillos, aviation technician, looks through the viewer of a night vision goggle test set during a Subject Matter Expert Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 7, 2018. The exchange focused on the use and development of night vision goggles and the structure of the aircrew flight equipment shop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

US, Salvadoran Airmen share night vision knowledge

U.S. Air Force Maj. Claudio Santo, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) El Salvador International Affairs specialist, describes the Subject Matter Expert Exchange between the 357th Fighter Squadron aircrew flight equipment shop and the El Salvadoran Air Force at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 8, 2018. The exchange focused on the use and development of night vision goggles and the structure of the aircrew flight equipment shop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

US, Salvadoran Airmen share night vision knowledge

El Salvadoran Air Force Tech. Sgt. Moisés Rolando Serrano Borjorquez, aviation electrician, looks through the viewer of a night vision goggle test set during a Subject Matter Expert Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 7, 2018. Air crew flight equipment airmen are responsible for ensuring that all air crew flight and safety equipment is operating properly. They maintain equipment items like night vision goggles, flight helmets and oxygen masks and pack emergency items like parachutes and survival kits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

US, Salvadoran Airmen share night vision knowledge

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Hall, 355th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, describes flight equipment maintenance to El Salvadoran Air Force Tech. Sgt. Moisés Rolando Serrano Borjorquez, aviation electrician, First Sgt. Raul Mauricio Molina Cedillos, aviation technician and U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) operations, plans and requirements superintendent, during a Subject Matter Expert Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 7, 2018. Air crew flight equipment airmen are responsible for ensuring that all air crew flight and safety equipment is operating properly. They maintain equipment items like night vision goggles, flight helmets and oxygen masks and pack emergency items like parachutes and survival kits.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

US, Salvadoran Airmen share night vision knowledge

Command Chief Master Sgt. Alexander Del Valle, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), speaks to El Salvadoran Air Force Tech. Sgt. Moisés Rolando Serrano Borjorquez, Aviation Electrician, El Salvadoran Air Force First Sgt. Raul Mauricio Molina Cedillos, aviation technician, during a Subject Matter Expert Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 8, 2018. Chief del Valle spoke to them concerning enlisted structure, development and gender equality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --

Partner nation service members participated in a Subject Matter Expert Exchange at the 357th Fighter Squadron’s aircrew flight equipment shop, March 6-8.

The exchange focused on the night vision goggles calibration, preventative maintenance and storage, as well as, the aircrew flight equipment shop structure. Two El Salvadoran Air Force aircraft mechanics and two U.S. Air Force aircrew flight equipment craftsmen shared knowledge through the mission planner who was able to interpret the information between the airmen.

Air crew flight equipment airmen are responsible for ensuring that all air crew flight and safety equipment is operating properly. They maintain equipment items like night vision goggles, flight helmets and oxygen masks and pack emergency items like parachutes and survival kits.

“We have here a wealth of information that we are putting into practice in our work areas,” said El Salvadoran Air Force First Sgt. Raul Mauricio Molina Cedillos, aviation technician. “The important topics we are learning here we will take back and share with our colleagues.”

This was the first time the members of the El Salvadoran Air Force have visited the United States to exchange information on night vision goggles.

“This is a continuation mission for us as we try to engage with partner Air Forces,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) plans and operations superintendent. “The continuation piece is giving advocacy to their equipment, to some of the equipment that the theater security cooperation brings as U.S. Government.”

The El Salvadorian airmen also met with the ranking enlisted Airman in 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Command Chief Master Sgt. Alexander del Valle. He spoke to them concerning enlisted structure, development and gender equality.

“The importance of SMEE or the exchanges with other partner nations is very important because it gives us a sense of cooperation building partner nation capacity,” Vasquez said.


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