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CENTAM SMOKE: A partnership in the making

Efrain Rodrigo Lopez Ixpata, a military firefighter from Guatemala poses for a photo opportunity during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

Efrain Rodrigo Lopez Ixpata, a military firefighter from Guatemala poses for a photo opportunity during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

Eldorah Dativa Chacon, a 16-year firefighter veteran from Belize, poses for a photo opportunity during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

Eldorah Dativa Chacon, a 16-year firefighter veteran from Belize, poses for a photo opportunity during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

Donald Gerardo Avila Montoya, who has been a firefighter in Costa Rica for more than 10 years, pauses for a photo opportunity during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

Donald Gerardo Avila Montoya, who has been a firefighter in Costa Rica for more than 10 years, pauses for a photo opportunity during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

Oscar Humberto Perez Gutierrez, who has worked as an airport firefighter for 30 years, takes a break from training during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

Oscar Humberto Perez Gutierrez, who has worked as an airport firefighter for 30 years, takes a break from training during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

Alix Arnaldo Ramirez Midence, a volunteer firefighter for 16 years, stops for a photo opportunity during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

Alix Arnaldo Ramirez Midence, a volunteer firefighter for 16 years, stops for a photo opportunity during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

Joshoa Moises Meza Casaya, a firefighter from Nicaragua, prepares to execute his knowledge during mobile aircraft firefighting training during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

Joshoa Moises Meza Casaya, a firefighter from Nicaragua, prepares to execute his knowledge during mobile aircraft firefighting training during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

David Eugenio Pino Cadogan, a firefighter representing the country of Panama, dons safety gear in preparation for a firefighting obstacle course during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

David Eugenio Pino Cadogan, a firefighter representing the country of Panama, dons safety gear in preparation for a firefighting obstacle course during the CENTAM SMOKE exercise Aug. 28, 2015, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. The exercise, known as Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and Experience, or "CENTAM SMOKE," brings together U.S. and Central American firefighters to train and improve their ability to work together. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit)

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