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That others may live: AFSOUTH heads to Brazil for Search and Rescue SMEE

Airmen from Air Forces Southern and Airmen from the Brazilian air force gather for a group photo next to the “That others may live” statue during a week-long exchange focused on enhancing the Search and Rescue capabilities of both air forces May 12, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. “That others may live” is moto for both air forces’ Search and Rescue communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Airmen from Air Forces Southern and Airmen from the Brazilian air force gather for a group photo next to the “That others may live” statue during a week-long exchange focused on enhancing the Search and Rescue capabilities of both air forces May 12, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. “That others may live” is moto for both air forces’ Search and Rescue communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Col. Oliveira, Campo Grande air force base wing commander, speaks with members of Air Forces Southern during a week-long exchange focused on Search and Rescue in Campo Grande, Brazil on May 11, 2015. During the week members from Air Forces Southern received and gave presentations focusing on all aspects of SAR. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Col. Oliveira, Campo Grande air force base wing commander, speaks with members of Air Forces Southern during a week-long exchange focused on Search and Rescue in Campo Grande, Brazil on May 11, 2015. During the week members from Air Forces Southern received and gave presentations focusing on all aspects of SAR. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Tech Sgt. Daniel Foret, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists, speaks with members of the Brazilian air force after a presentation on May 11, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. Foret spoke and explained the importance of SERE specialists and how they can be utilized to train forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Tech Sgt. Daniel Foret, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists, speaks with members of the Brazilian air force after a presentation on May 11, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. Foret spoke and explained the importance of SERE specialists and how they can be utilized to train forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

A member of the Brazilian air force wears a patch from the 41st Rescue Squadron after swapping patches with Capt. John Tucciarone, 41st Rescue Squadron HH-60 helicopter pilot, on May 12, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. During the week long exchange Tucciarone spoke to the capabilities of the HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter and its role in Search and Rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

A member of the Brazilian air force wears a patch from the 41st Rescue Squadron after swapping patches with Capt. John Tucciarone, 41st Rescue Squadron HH-60 helicopter pilot, on May 12, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. During the week long exchange Tucciarone spoke to the capabilities of the HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter and its role in Search and Rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Capt. John Tucciarone, 41st Rescue Squadron HH-60 helicopter pilot, takes a tour of the flight deck on a C-105 Amazonas on May 15, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil during a week-long exchange focused on enhancing the Search and Rescue capabilities of both the Unites States Air Force and the Brazilian air force. The Amazonas enhances the Brazilian air force’s Search and Rescue capability by allowing for long range searches, as well as the ability to transport patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Capt. John Tucciarone, 41st Rescue Squadron HH-60 helicopter pilot, takes a tour of the flight deck on a C-105 Amazonas on May 15, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil during a week-long exchange focused on enhancing the Search and Rescue capabilities of both the Unites States Air Force and the Brazilian air force. The Amazonas enhances the Brazilian air force’s Search and Rescue capability by allowing for long range searches, as well as the ability to transport patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

A member of the Brazilian air force points to a path located on the side of a C-105 Amazonas during a week-long exchange focused on enhancing the Search and Rescue capabilities of both the Unites States Air Force and the Brazilian air force, May 15, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. The patch signifies the aircraft it’s placed on was involved in a SAR mission and the patient rescued was survived. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

A member of the Brazilian air force points to a path located on the side of a C-105 Amazonas during a week-long exchange focused on enhancing the Search and Rescue capabilities of both the Unites States Air Force and the Brazilian air force, May 15, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. The patch signifies the aircraft it’s placed on was involved in a SAR mission and the patient rescued was survived. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Members of the Brazilian air force point out specific landing zones for their aircraft during a tour on their squadron during a week-long exchange focused on enhancing Search and Rescue, May 15, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. During the week-long exchange, Air Forces Southern members were merged with their Brazilian counterparts and received an up-close view of how their Brazilian colleagues enable the SAR mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Members of the Brazilian air force point out specific landing zones for their aircraft during a tour on their squadron during a week-long exchange focused on enhancing Search and Rescue, May 15, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. During the week-long exchange, Air Forces Southern members were merged with their Brazilian counterparts and received an up-close view of how their Brazilian colleagues enable the SAR mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Members of the Brazilian air force present emergency safety equipment from an aircraft to members from Air Forces Southern, May 15, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. The equipment being showcased is pivotal to the survival of the air crew in a worst case scenario where the aircraft crashes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Members of the Brazilian air force present emergency safety equipment from an aircraft to members from Air Forces Southern, May 15, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. The equipment being showcased is pivotal to the survival of the air crew in a worst case scenario where the aircraft crashes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Tech Sgt. Daniel Foret, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists, shakes hands with a member of the Brazilian air force’s air crew flight equipment section after a demonstration on their capabilities, May 15, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. Members of AFE are responsible for ensuring the equipment assigned to air crews is properly maintained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Tech Sgt. Daniel Foret, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists, shakes hands with a member of the Brazilian air force’s air crew flight equipment section after a demonstration on their capabilities, May 15, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. Members of AFE are responsible for ensuring the equipment assigned to air crews is properly maintained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

1st Lt. Evan Terry, 38th Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, hugs a member of the Brazilian air force during the closing moments of a week-long exchange focused on enhancing Search and Rescue capabilities, May 15, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. During the week long exchange Terry shared details of his role and responsibilities as a Combat Search and Rescue Officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)
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1st Lt. Evan Terry, 38th Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, hugs a member of the Brazilian air force during the closing moments of a week-long exchange focused on enhancing Search and Rescue capabilities, May 15, 2015 in Campo Grande, Brazil. During the week long exchange Terry shared details of his role and responsibilities as a Combat Search and Rescue Officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant/Released)

Campo Grande -- U.S. Airmen traveled to Brazil to participate in a week-long subject matter expert exchange with members of the Brazilian air force, from May 11-15, focusing on Search and Rescue capabilities.

The Airmen from Air Forces Southern' s 347th Rescue Group and 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, supported  a week-long exchange of SAR best practices with a goal of strengthening the partnership between the United States and the Brazilian air forces.

"We share the same goal of keeping our people safe," said Col. Oliveira, Campo Grande Brazilian air force base wing commander. This exchange will help both of our air forces keep their people safe whether it's during a humanitarian mission or in a combat environment."

Through continual SMEE engagements with partner nations like Brazil, the U.S. military is able to show support to our allies and partners, as well as collaborate with other nations to address common security challenges and help promote regional security.

"The team that's assembled here really allows us to cover all aspects of SAR," said Maj. Eric Navarrete, Air Forces Southern regional affairs specialist. "With this amount of expertise I'm confident that there will be an amazing exchange of knowledge and both air forces will be able to take something back to their force that they didn't have knowledge of before."

The week consisted of presentations from both air forces to showcase how they executed SAR operations, followed by a field exercise day, and a tour of their squadron to meet the men and women who make it possible to perform their missions.

On the last day of the exchange the team was met by the commander of the base.

"Always remember there is no greater reward then the feeling of having saved a life," said Oliveira.  "In the words of Andy form from Toy Story, 'you've got a friend in me'."

Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) routinely visit partner nations in Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean to exchange knowledge and ideas covering a variety of military disciplines.

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