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Latin American Cadets visit SOUTHCOM air component

Latin American Cadets visit SOUTHCOM air component

U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Matthews, A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot and Dominican Republic cadet Jean Louis Torres Herrera, pose for a photo on the A-10 during the Latin America Cadet Initiative visit to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 30, 2018. The Latin American Cadet Initiative is an Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program that began in 2006. The program invites the top two senior cadets from Latin American Air Force academies to the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Latin American Cadets visit SOUTHCOM air component

Chilean Air Force Col. Juan Iglesis, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Chilean liaison officer and Chilean cadet Silvana Urra Diaz, Latin American Cadet Initiative participant listen to a 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) mission brief at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 30, 2018. Twenty-two cadets from 11 Latin American nations participated in the initiative that is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Latin American Cadets visit SOUTHCOM air component

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Craig Baker, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) vice commander, speaks to the 22 cadets from the Latin American Cadet Initiative visit at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 30, 2018. The Latin American Cadet Initiative is an Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program that began in 2006. The program invites the top two senior cadets from Latin American Air Force academies to the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Latin American Cadets visit SOUTHCOM air component

Latin American cadets from 11 nations tour an A-10 Thunderbolt II, a C-130 Hercules and a HH-60 Pave Hawk during the Latin America Cadet Initiative visit at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 30, 2018. Twenty-two cadets from 11 Latin American nations participated in the initiative that is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Latin American Cadets visit SOUTHCOM air component

Dominican Republic cadet Jean Louis Torres Herrera, and participants of the Latin America Cadet Initiative tour a HH-60 Pave Hawk during their visit to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 30, 2018. The Latin American Cadet Initiative is an Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program that began in 2006. The program invites the top two senior cadets from Latin American Air Force academies to the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Latin American Cadets visit SOUTHCOM air component

Latin American cadets from 22 nations tour an A-10 Thunderbolt II, a C-130 Hercules and a HH-60 Pave Hawk during the Latin America Cadet Initiative visit at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 30, 2018. Twenty-two cadets from 11 Latin American nations participated in the initiative that is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program since 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Latin American Cadets visit SOUTHCOM air component

Latin American cadets from 11 nations tour an A-10 Thunderbolt II during the Latin America Cadet Initiative visit at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 30, 2018. The Latin American cadets hailed from 11 Latin American nations to include: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Latin American Cadets visit SOUTHCOM air component

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jose Garcia-Suarez, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, give a tour of the C-130 Hercules to Honduran Air Force cadet Jose David Vasquez Romero and other participants of the Latin America Cadet Initiative visit at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 30, 2018. The Latin American Cadet Initiative is an Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program that began in 2006. The program invites the top two senior cadets from Latin American Air Force academies to the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Latin American Cadets visit SOUTHCOM air component

The System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces staff and Latin American Cadet Initiative pose for a group photo during their visit to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 30, 2018. Twenty-two cadets from 11 Latin American nations participated in the initiative that is sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program since 2006. The Latin American cadets hailed from: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Latin American Cadets visit SOUTHCOM air component
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Latin American cadets listen to the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces mission briefing during Latin American Cadet Initiative visit to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 30, 2018. The Latin American Cadet Initiative is an Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program that began in 2006. The program invites the top two senior cadets from Latin American Air Force academies to the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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Latin American cadets walk through the halls of the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces headquarters during the Latin American Cadet Initiative visit at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 30, 2018. The Latin American cadets hailed from 11 Latin American nations to include: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the annual Latin American Cadet Initiative, Oct. 30.

Twenty-two cadets from 11 Latin American nations participated in the initiative that has been sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program since 2006.

The cadets toured 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) headquarters, the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces headquarters, and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group. The cadets also traveled to the flightline for a static display and informational tour of an A-10 Thunderbolt II, a C-130 Hercules and a HH-60 Pave-Hawk.

The program invites the top two senior cadets from up to 15 Latin American Air Force academies to the U.S. for a three to four week visit.

The Latin American cadets hailed from: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru.

“This (event) affords the future leaders of Latin American Air Forces to opportunity to meet other future leaders as well as recognize that the United States feels that they are important,” said U.S. Lt. Col. Gary B. Symon, Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs Latin American desk officer.  “We want to work with them as fellow Air Forces.”

This engagement is part of 12th Air Force’s (Air Forces Southern) enduring partnership with the Latin American Air Forces and reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership, and solidarity with the Americas.


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