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MSAS air advisors, Colombian Airmen visit Colombian orphanage

A member of the Colombian air force explains to a child from Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia how to put together a paper-model helicopter, as one of the donated items members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron handed out during their visit to the orphanage June 9.  Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

A member of the Colombian air force explains to a child from Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia how to put together a paper-model helicopter, as one of the donated items members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron handed out during their visit to the orphanage June 9. Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Technical Sgt. Lesley Waters, 621st Contingency Response Wing public affairs, spends time with one of the children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission.  Members of the Colombian air force, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Melvin Rosario)

Technical Sgt. Lesley Waters, 621st Contingency Response Wing public affairs, spends time with one of the children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Members of the Colombian air force, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Melvin Rosario)

Technical Sgt. Melvin Rosario (left), Inter-American Air Forces Academy instructor, Tech. Sgt. Luis Sanchez and Master Sgt. Michael Raffa, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisors, take turn filling up donated soccer balls during their visit at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9, as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Technical Sgt. Melvin Rosario (left), Inter-American Air Forces Academy instructor, Tech. Sgt. Luis Sanchez and Master Sgt. Michael Raffa, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisors, take turn filling up donated soccer balls during their visit at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9, as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Colombian air force mascot "Capitan Paz" made a special guest appearance to the nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame. Bogota, Colombia June 9.  Members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron visited the orphanage as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Colombian air force mascot "Capitan Paz" made a special guest appearance to the nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame. Bogota, Colombia June 9. Members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron visited the orphanage as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Angel Ortega, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor, looks on as Lt. Col. Gabe Griess, 571st MSAS director of operations, and Master Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), hand of the children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia, during their visit to the orphanage June 9, as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Angel Ortega, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor, looks on as Lt. Col. Gabe Griess, 571st MSAS director of operations, and Master Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), hand of the children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia, during their visit to the orphanage June 9, as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Colombian air force mascot "Capitan Paz" made a special guest appearance to the nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame. Bogota, Colombia June 9.  Members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron visited the orphanage as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Colombian air force mascot "Capitan Paz" made a special guest appearance to the nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame. Bogota, Colombia June 9. Members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron visited the orphanage as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Master Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron team sergeant, hands out donated items to children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission.  Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Master Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron team sergeant, hands out donated items to children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor, hands out donated items to children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission.  Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor, hands out donated items to children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Jorge Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor, plays ball with one of the children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission.  Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Jorge Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor, plays ball with one of the children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Master Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), puts on a watch that was donated for the children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission.  Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Master Sgt. Roberto Vasquez, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), puts on a watch that was donated for the children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Colombian air force mascot "Capitan Paz" made a special guest appearance to the nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9.  Members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron visited the orphanage as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Colombian air force mascot "Capitan Paz" made a special guest appearance to the nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9. Members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron visited the orphanage as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

A member of the Colombian air force explains to a child from Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia how to put together a paper-model helicopter, as one of the donated items members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron handed out during their visit to the orphanage June 9.  Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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A member of the Colombian air force explains to a child from Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia how to put together a paper-model helicopter, as one of the donated items members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron handed out during their visit to the orphanage June 9. Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Lieutenant Col. Gabe Griess, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron director of operations, spends time with children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission.  Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Lieutenant Col. Gabe Griess, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron director of operations, spends time with children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Master Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron team sergeant, plays with some blocks with one of the children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission.  Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Master Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron team sergeant, plays with some blocks with one of the children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Technical Sgt. Melvin Rosario (left), Inter-American Air Forces Academy instructor, spends time with a child from Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia how to put together a paper-model helicopter, as one of the donated items members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron handed out during their visit to the orphanage June 9.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Technical Sgt. Melvin Rosario (left), Inter-American Air Forces Academy instructor, spends time with a child from Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia how to put together a paper-model helicopter, as one of the donated items members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron handed out during their visit to the orphanage June 9. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

A member of the Colombian air force spends time with a child from Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia how to put together a paper-model helicopter, as one of the donated items members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron handed out during their visit to the orphanage June 9.  Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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A member of the Colombian air force spends time with a child from Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia how to put together a paper-model helicopter, as one of the donated items members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron handed out during their visit to the orphanage June 9. Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Colombian air force mascot "Capitan Paz" made a special guest appearance to the nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame. Bogota, Colombia June 9.  Members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron visited the orphanage as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Colombian air force mascot "Capitan Paz" made a special guest appearance to the nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame. Bogota, Colombia June 9. Members of the Colombian air force and the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron visited the orphanage as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor, feeds pizza to one of the children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission.  Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit and donated toys, clothes and books to the children.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor, feeds pizza to one of the children from the Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9 as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. Members of the Colombian air force, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit and donated toys, clothes and books to the children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Members of the Colombian air force, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) visited nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9.  The Airmen visited it orphanage as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Members of the Colombian air force, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) visited nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9. The Airmen visited it orphanage as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Senior Master Sgt. Jose Alvarez, Air Force military group Colombia fixed-wing program manager, accompanied members of the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission, and visited nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9.  Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Senior Master Sgt. Jose Alvarez, Air Force military group Colombia fixed-wing program manager, accompanied members of the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, as part of an Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity month-long mission, and visited nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame, Bogota, Colombia June 9. Airmen from both the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) also participated in the visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA -- One week into their month-long Air Mobility Command Building Partner Capacity mission, members of the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, the Inter-American Air Forces Academy and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), as well as the military group partnered with members of the Colombian air force and visited an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia, June 9.

The BPC mission is to build stronger international air force cooperation, interoperability and mutual support. One way the MSAS Airmen, based out of Travis AFB, Calif., are doing this is by supporting the Colombian air force as they prepare for their first participation in this year's Red Flag exercise at Nellis AFB, Nev., July 16-27. In addition, the mission supports the 12th Air Force's (Air Forces Southern) continued engagements in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility of Latin America and the Caribbean.

"Being able to participate in a (BPC) mission has been a great experience," said Tech. Sgt. Melvin Rosario, IAAFA instructor, 318th Training Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas. "Our militaries' future successes not only rest on us working side-by-side exchanging ideas in seminars or on the flight line and supporting our PN (partner nation) get ready for Red Flag, it also includes visiting the orphanage and helping plant a positive seed in the minds of the Colombian youth."

The Colombian and U.S. Airmen planted that positive seed by distributing donated children's clothes, shoes, toys, soccer balls and jelly beans to nearly 30 children at Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame.

Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame is an orphanage for children who have been physically or mentally abused.

"It was a pleasure to have the soldiers (Airmen) visit us," said Maria Clemencia Marquez Gutierrez, Asociación Amigos del Niño Ayudame president and legal representative. "You could see the excitement in each of the children as you arrived and played with them. Even though they were busy, they took time to spend it with us and I know the children will not forget this day."

The children cheered and greeted each of the Airmen as they entered the room. The children were especially excited when they received a special guest appearance from "Capitan Paz" (Captain Peace), the Colombian air force mascot. He walked around saluting and hugging each one of the children. He even tossed a soccer ball back and forth with several of the children.

After handing out the toys, the Colombian and U.S. Airmen spent some quality one-on-one time with each of the children, reading books, coloring, kicking the soccer ball, laughing, eating jelly beans, or simply sitting on the floor talking.

Before leaving the orphanage, the Airmen bought pizzas and soda and had lunch with the children. As the Colombian and U.S. air force Airmen said their good-byes and 'thank yous,' the children returned the favors with hugs and smiles.

"The generous support we receive from those who donate items for the BPC missions enables the MSAS to build relationships with our fellow Airmen and their community," said Lt. Col. Gabe Griess, 571st MSAS director of operations. "A successful BPC mission enables our partner nation to better execute their national priorities. There are few better ways to influence tomorrow than to work with children today."

Being able to work side-by-side with the Colombian air force and interact with the children was just another forum to exchange ideas and allow the children to see that Airmen are human after all.

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