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Air Advisors, Honduran Air Force develop ATC curriculum

Staff Sgt. Angel Ortega, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air transportation air advisor, translates a section of the control tower fundamentals block for Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571 MSAS air traffic control air advisor, during the third week of ATC seminars Feb. 6.  The MSAS Airmen, alongside their Honduran Air Force counterparts, are participating in a month-long building partner capacity mission designed to enhance military-to-military relations between the two nations.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Angel Ortega, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air transportation air advisor, translates a section of the control tower fundamentals block for Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571 MSAS air traffic control air advisor, during the third week of ATC seminars Feb. 6. The MSAS Airmen, alongside their Honduran Air Force counterparts, are participating in a month-long building partner capacity mission designed to enhance military-to-military relations between the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo and Staff Sgt. Angel Ortega, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisors, listen to one of the Honduran Air Force Airmen ask a question during the control tower fundamentals seminar Feb. 6.  The MSAS Airmen, representing 15 Air Force specialties, are working side-by-side with Honduran Air Force members in developing seven core competencies of air base defense, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, aircrew survival, communications, generator maintenance and safety.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo and Staff Sgt. Angel Ortega, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisors, listen to one of the Honduran Air Force Airmen ask a question during the control tower fundamentals seminar Feb. 6. The MSAS Airmen, representing 15 Air Force specialties, are working side-by-side with Honduran Air Force members in developing seven core competencies of air base defense, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, aircrew survival, communications, generator maintenance and safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, reviews the different legs of the traffic pattern with a Honduran Air Force Airman during the control tower fundamentals seminar Feb. 6.  The MSAS Airmen, alongside their Honduran Air Force counterparts, are participating in a month-long building partner capacity mission designed to enhance military-to-military relations between the two nations.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, reviews the different legs of the traffic pattern with a Honduran Air Force Airman during the control tower fundamentals seminar Feb. 6. The MSAS Airmen, alongside their Honduran Air Force counterparts, are participating in a month-long building partner capacity mission designed to enhance military-to-military relations between the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, discusses overhead patterns during the control tower fundamentals block Feb. 6.  The MSAS Airmen, representing 15 Air Force specialties, are working side-by-side with Honduran Air Force members in developing seven core competencies of air base defense, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, aircrew survival, communications, generator maintenance and safety.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, discusses overhead patterns during the control tower fundamentals block Feb. 6. The MSAS Airmen, representing 15 Air Force specialties, are working side-by-side with Honduran Air Force members in developing seven core competencies of air base defense, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, aircrew survival, communications, generator maintenance and safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, reviews tower operations during block three portion of the ATC seminar Feb. 13, as part of month-long Building Partner Capacity mission.  The BPC mission is designed to promote regional stability by fostering key relationships and enhancing partner nation capabilities.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, reviews tower operations during block three portion of the ATC seminar Feb. 13, as part of month-long Building Partner Capacity mission. The BPC mission is designed to promote regional stability by fostering key relationships and enhancing partner nation capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, shows how to apply all the rules from the previous two blocks in a static scenario situation Feb. 13.  The MSAS, alongside their Honduran Air Force counterparts, are participating in a month-long building partner capacity mission designed to enhance military-to-military relations between the two nations.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, shows how to apply all the rules from the previous two blocks in a static scenario situation Feb. 13. The MSAS, alongside their Honduran Air Force counterparts, are participating in a month-long building partner capacity mission designed to enhance military-to-military relations between the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, explains the rules of ”line up and wait” to the Honduran Air Force air traffic controllers during the third block of the ATC seminar Feb. 13, as part of month-long Building Partner Capacity mission.  “Line up and wait” is a term the air traffic controller uses when instructing a pilot to taxi onto a departure runway and wait for takeoff clearance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, explains the rules of ”line up and wait” to the Honduran Air Force air traffic controllers during the third block of the ATC seminar Feb. 13, as part of month-long Building Partner Capacity mission. “Line up and wait” is a term the air traffic controller uses when instructing a pilot to taxi onto a departure runway and wait for takeoff clearance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, shows the Honduran Air Force ATC controllers what ”Arrival-runway separation” is during block three portion of the ATC seminar Feb. 13, as part of month-long Building Partner Capacity mission.  Arrival-runway separation is the distance between an arriving aircraft and another aircraft using the same runway. The separation should ensure the arriving aircraft does not cross the landing threshold until the other aircraft has landed and is clear of the runway or the other aircraft has departed and crossed the runway end.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, shows the Honduran Air Force ATC controllers what ”Arrival-runway separation” is during block three portion of the ATC seminar Feb. 13, as part of month-long Building Partner Capacity mission. Arrival-runway separation is the distance between an arriving aircraft and another aircraft using the same runway. The separation should ensure the arriving aircraft does not cross the landing threshold until the other aircraft has landed and is clear of the runway or the other aircraft has departed and crossed the runway end. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, receives questions from Honduran Air Force Airmen during the third block of the ATC seminar Feb. 13.  The MSAS Airmen, representing 15 Air Force specialties, are working side-by-side with Honduran Air Force members in developing seven core competencies of air base defense, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, aircrew survival, communications, generator maintenance and safety.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, receives questions from Honduran Air Force Airmen during the third block of the ATC seminar Feb. 13. The MSAS Airmen, representing 15 Air Force specialties, are working side-by-side with Honduran Air Force members in developing seven core competencies of air base defense, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, aircrew survival, communications, generator maintenance and safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, discusses "go-around procedures" with the Honduran Air Force ATC controllers during the third block of the ATC seminar Feb. 13, as part of month-long Building Partner Capacity mission.  A go-around is an aborted landing of an aircraft that is on final approach.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air traffic control air advisor, discusses "go-around procedures" with the Honduran Air Force ATC controllers during the third block of the ATC seminar Feb. 13, as part of month-long Building Partner Capacity mission. A go-around is an aborted landing of an aircraft that is on final approach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS -- The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron and Honduran Air Force have partnered together in developing an air traffic control technical curriculum for the Honduran Air Force air traffic controllers.

The MSAS air advisors, part of the 615th Contingency Response Wing and based out of Travis AFB, Calif., are participating in a month-long mutually beneficial forum for the exchange of ideas between the U.S. and Honduran Airmen via interactive seminars and hands-on applications in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

"The value of building partner capacity mission to the U.S. Air Force is priceless," said Lt. Col. Joseph Sanchez, 571 MSAS commander. "Not only will our air mobility experts hone their air advisory skills and receive certifications for this role, but they will also have the opportunity to learn new approaches to air mobility and exchange ideas with other Airmen who may have a different perspective."

The entire ATC course covers 33 days of academic training and static scenarios. The subjects include ATC fundamentals, control tower fundamentals and practical application.

"I am working with three new ATC trainees who will forward deploy to the eastern portion of Honduras in the near future," said Tech. Sgt. Aaron Carrillo, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron ATC air advisor. "I am also sharing my instruction techniques with the more experienced controllers, who in return are sharing with me their techniques."

Carrillo has integrated English into the curriculum, since it is essential in the aviation-world. During the practical applications, Carrillo shared ideas both in English and Spanish, by using the terminology ATC controllers use on a daily basis to include - "cleared for take-off," "go around" and line up and wait."

"I have an excellent interpreter in Staff Sgt. Angle Ortega who is my safety net, but he allows me to actively learn the Spanish language," said Carrillo.

Ortega, 571 MSAS air transportation air advisor, works with Carrillo as his translator and said he has gained a better of the other career fields, how they operate and affect his job.

"We are getting to know not only how the Honduran Air Force operates as a unit, but we are also working with its future leaders," said Ortega. "As we continue working with Honduras other Central and Latin American countries, we will continue building partnerships and forging friendships."

The MSAS is part of the Air Mobility Command's Building Partner Capacity mission and supports 12th Air Force's (Air Forces Southern) continued engagements in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility of Latin America and the Caribbean.

"Through the MSAS we are able to build stronger international air force cooperation, interoperability and mutual support," said Honduran Air Force Capt. Jose Ramon Tercero Aguilera, radar maintenance. "When a crisis or contingency operation occurs in the future, we are better prepared to respond together."




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