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Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air transportation air advisor, explains to Técnico Subjefe Hector Sierra, Colombian air force, how to properly connect chains to build a chain bridle during the final day of the equipment preparation seminar June 8 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  Chains are used on heavy single items, whereas nets are used for bulk cargo.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air transportation air advisor, explains to Técnico Subjefe Hector Sierra, Colombian air force, how to properly connect chains to build a chain bridle during the final day of the equipment preparation seminar June 8 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. Chains are used on heavy single items, whereas nets are used for bulk cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Javier Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron loadmaster air advisor, provides practical exercise to calculate center of balance for rolling stock handouts to Técnico Subjefe Wilson Martinez, Colombian air force, during the second day of seminars June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  Rolling stock is vehicles, trailers or generators loaded onto aircraft.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Javier Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron loadmaster air advisor, provides practical exercise to calculate center of balance for rolling stock handouts to Técnico Subjefe Wilson Martinez, Colombian air force, during the second day of seminars June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. Rolling stock is vehicles, trailers or generators loaded onto aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Técnico Subjefe Wilson Martinez, Colombian air force, completes the center of balance handout during a seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Técnico Subjefe Wilson Martinez, Colombian air force, completes the center of balance handout during a seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Técnico Subjefe Hector Sierra, Colombian air force member, completes the center of balance handout during a seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Técnico Subjefe Hector Sierra, Colombian air force member, completes the center of balance handout during a seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron aerial transportation air advisor, explains the limitations for using the top net with Técnico Subjefe Jhon Ayala, Colombian air force, during the hands on pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  The Colombian air force is participating for the first time in this year's Red Flag exercise at Nellis AFB, Nev., July 16-27.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron aerial transportation air advisor, explains the limitations for using the top net with Técnico Subjefe Jhon Ayala, Colombian air force, during the hands on pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. The Colombian air force is participating for the first time in this year's Red Flag exercise at Nellis AFB, Nev., July 16-27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Angel Ortega, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air transportation air advisor, works with Técnico Cuarto Cesar Gomez, Colombian air force, on properly securing cargo during the pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Angel Ortega, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air transportation air advisor, works with Técnico Cuarto Cesar Gomez, Colombian air force, on properly securing cargo during the pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air transportation air advisor, works with Técnico Edwin Camacho, Colombian air force, secure cargo straps during the hands on pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air transportation air advisor, works with Técnico Edwin Camacho, Colombian air force, secure cargo straps during the hands on pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Angel Ortega, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air transportation air advisor, works with Técnico Cuarto Yefferson Oviedo and Tecnico Cuarto Cesar Gomez, Colombian air force members, on properly securing cargo during the pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Angel Ortega, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air transportation air advisor, works with Técnico Cuarto Yefferson Oviedo and Tecnico Cuarto Cesar Gomez, Colombian air force members, on properly securing cargo during the pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Técnico Cuarto Ronald Marin, Colombian air force, looks on as Técnico Tercero Christian Bejarano, Colombian air force, and Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air transportation air advisor, discuss how the Colombian air force does their load plans for their different air frames during the hands on pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.    (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Técnico Cuarto Ronald Marin, Colombian air force, looks on as Técnico Tercero Christian Bejarano, Colombian air force, and Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air transportation air advisor, discuss how the Colombian air force does their load plans for their different air frames during the hands on pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Técnico Primero Cifilfredo Rojas, Colombian air force, and Staff Sgt. Javier Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron loadmaster air advisor, verifies the fuel quantity of the Hobart generator for loading onto aircraft during the hands on pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Técnico Primero Cifilfredo Rojas, Colombian air force, and Staff Sgt. Javier Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron loadmaster air advisor, verifies the fuel quantity of the Hobart generator for loading onto aircraft during the hands on pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Members of the Colombian air force get dimensions for the Hobart generator for loading onto aircraft during the hands on pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Members of the Colombian air force get dimensions for the Hobart generator for loading onto aircraft during the hands on pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Jorge Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron loadmaster air advisor, explains how the portable scales work during the pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Staff Sgt. Jorge Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron loadmaster air advisor, explains how the portable scales work during the pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Técnico Primero Jorge Barragan, Colombian air force member, positions the portable scale before weighing the rolling stock during the pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Técnico Primero Jorge Barragan, Colombian air force member, positions the portable scale before weighing the rolling stock during the pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Jorge Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron loadmaster, shows tie-down locations on rolling stock during the pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Staff Sgt. Jorge Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron loadmaster, shows tie-down locations on rolling stock during the pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Jorge Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron loadmaster, measures the foot print of the front tire during the cargo build up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  The foot print is to calculate the PSI of the generator.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Staff Sgt. Jorge Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron loadmaster, measures the foot print of the front tire during the cargo build up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. The foot print is to calculate the PSI of the generator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Jorge Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron loadmaster, looks on as members of the Colombian air force roll a generator on to two portable scales to calculate the center of balance of the generator during the hands on pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Staff Sgt. Jorge Borges, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron loadmaster, looks on as members of the Colombian air force roll a generator on to two portable scales to calculate the center of balance of the generator during the hands on pallet build-up seminar June 6 at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA -- The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron aerial port and loadmaster team conducted several seminars with the Colombian air force, enhancing each other's logistical capabilities during the first week of an Air Mobility Command's Building Partner Capacity mission, at Commando Aéreo de Transporte Militar, Bogota, Colombia, June 4-8.

The purpose of the month-long BPC mission is designed to promote regional stability by fostering key relationships and enhancing partner nation capabilities and prepare the Colombian air force to participate in this year's Red Flag, at Nellis AFB, Nev., July 16-27. In addition, the mission of the squadron, based out of Travis AFB, Calif., 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.

"The Colombian air force has the foundation for an effective transportation system," said Staff Sgt. Angel Ortega, 571st MSAS aerial port air advisor. "We focused on improving that system, and at the same time learning from the Colombians in various areas. This way the Colombian air force can get their assets and supplies where they need to in a timely and efficient manner, especially with their participation in Red Flag for the first time."

Red Flag exist for the sole purpose to better prepare and train coalition and partner nation armed forces. Each Red Flag exercise normally involves a variety of interdiction, attack, air superiority, defense suppression, airlift, air refueling and reconnaissance aircraft.

MSAS aerial port and loadmaster air advisors focused on interactive classroom seminars and hands-on exchanges to include aircraft load planning, equipment preparation and tie-down procedures.

Additionally, the air advisors and Colombian air force members exchanged ideas on the importance of proper weighing and marking, to include a hands-on weighing and marking practical on the flightline. They also discussed examples of past mishaps and ways to prevent any future mishaps.

Staff Sgt. Peter Salinas, 571st MSAS aerial port advisor, led a seminar on cargo restraint, specifically on chain bridles, which consists of chains and devices.

"Members of the Colombian air force truly appreciated the safety offered by our cargo restraint methods," Salinas said. "One such method is the "chain bridle" which provides up to 15,000 pounds of restraint and is used to secure large single items to 463L pallets."

"The methods and instructions were very clear," said Técnico Jefe Alejandro Sanchez, Colombian air force and class leader. "The air advisors have experience and provided clarity in all the themes they provided. All the information was useful, to include the documents provided."

The aircraft load planning seminars were successful in demonstrating to the Colombian air force new methods on how to safely plan and execute a cargo mission. The air advisors reemphasized the information during the classroom seminar hands on portion, where the Colombian air force members used handouts and cut out cargo templates and safely load planned the cargo.

"The immediate goal for the FAC (Colombian air force) is to meet the challenges of the Red Flag Exercise," said Staff Sgt. Javier Borges, 571st MSAS loadmaster air advisor. "The long term goal is the implementation of the information provided, customized to meet their needs."




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