AFSOUTH EMEDS: Light, lean and life saving
By Staff Sgt. Adam Grant, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Public Affairs
/ Published April 21, 2015
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Six Airmen from the U.S. Air Force travelled to Brazil this week to participate in a subject matter expert exchange with the Brazilian air force, focusing on Expeditionary Medical Support training.
The Airmen, from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Air Combat Command, Headquarters Air Force, and Air Education Training Command, are supporting a week-long exchange of best practices with a goal of strengthening the partnership between the United States and the Brazilian air forces.
"Creating a team like this will really bring everything that we have to offer to the table," said Maj. Brian Neese, 12th AF (AFSOUTH) chief of international health specialists division. "This will allow our Brazilian counterparts to easily see where they are able to insert their experts and allow us to effectively share knowledge."
The team was hand selected for their expertise in EMEDS areas such as program management, command, instruction, and logistical systems.
During the visit, members of the team will gather information on the current status of the Brazilian air force's EMEDS and, once the information is gathered, will share best practices aimed at enhancing those capabilities.
The first few days will consist of the U.S. Air Force team assessing the strengths of the Brazilian air force's team, then creating a plan of which information may be beneficial for the exchange. The week-long journey will culminate with a capstone exercise designed to assess the effectiveness of the knowledge exchange.
"After this week of sharing some of our best practices and absorbing all of the Brazilian air force best practices, I think we'll be making positive steps towards the future," said Maj. Janet Carey, 12th AF (AFSOUTH) international health specialist.