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

Air chiefs or their representatives pose for a group photo during the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 6-8, 2018.

Air chiefs or their representatives pose for a group photo during the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 6-8, 2018. Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the three-day conference, which included representatives from eight countries and centered on improving humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danny Rangel)

Representatives from eight Latin American air forces listen to a presentation during the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 6-8, 2018.

Representatives from eight Latin American air forces listen to a presentation during the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 6-8, 2018. Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the three-day conference, which centered on improving humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danny Rangel)

Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, commander, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), delivers remarks during the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 6-8, 2018.

Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, commander, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), delivers remarks during the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 6-8, 2018. Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the three-day conference, which included representatives from eight countries and centered on improving humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danny Rangel)

Colonel Salvador Hernández Vega, Salvadoran Air Force Commander, listens to a presentation during the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 6-8, 2018.

Colonel Salvador Hernández Vega, Salvadoran Air Force Commander, listens to a presentation during the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 6-8, 2018. Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the three-day conference, which included representatives from eight countries and centered on improving humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danny Rangel)

Lt. Col. Roderick Rowe, Jamaican Defense Force Air Wing commander, listens to a Chilean Air Force representative during the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 6-8, 2018.

Lt. Col. Roderick Rowe, Jamaican Defense Force Air Wing commander, listens to a Chilean Air Force representative during the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 6-8, 2018. Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the three-day conference, which included representatives from eight countries and centered on improving humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danny Rangel)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) hosted the Central American and Caribbean Air Chief’s conference with participants from Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama, Nov. 6-8, 2018.

Eight countries participated in the three-day conference, which focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster response and how to leverage air force partnerships in those areas.

“It’s about partnerships,” said Lt. Col. Roderick Rowe, Jamaican Defense Force Air Wing commander. “In these conferences, you build bridges, you can call on a partner nation to say we are willing to assist in an endeavor. So, if a partner can supply an aspect of need, we can better share and leverage our resources to the benefit of our fellow man.”

Each participating Air Force representative shared information on their own unique capabilities as well as past challenges and successes.

“Ultimately, unions create strength,” said Brig. Gen. Juan Dario Tejada Quintana, Commander-General, Dominican Republic Air Force. “We’ve seen that shared help from different nations has been very valuable to those countries affected by natural disasters.”

The Air Chiefs or their representatives also received information about the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA) and the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA). Representatives from State Air National Guards partnered with South American Air Forces through the State Partnership Program also attended the conference.

“We can do things alone, but together, we can reach greater success,” stated Gen. Quintana.

Additionally, participants discussed the importance of the enlisted force to air force operations and visited the 612th Air Operations Center and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group during the conference.

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

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