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US airmen arrive for FIDAE, subject matter expert exchanges in Chile

Major Camille LaDrew, a logistics officer from the Texas Air National Guard, ties down F-16 engine equipment and tools in Santiago, Chile, March 24.  Major LaDrew is one of nearly 60 U.S. Airmen participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts, and involved in hosting static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

Major Camille LaDrew, a logistics officer from the Texas Air National Guard, ties down F-16 engine equipment and tools in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Major LaDrew is one of nearly 60 U.S. Airmen participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts, and involved in hosting static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules sits on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules sits on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons sit on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow near a Chilean air force C-130 in Santiago, Chile, March 24.  Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of U.S. aircraft March 25-30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons sit on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow near a Chilean air force C-130 in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of U.S. aircraft March 25-30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules sits on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules sits on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon sits near a Chilean air force C-130 on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24.  Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of U.S. aircraft March 25-30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon sits near a Chilean air force C-130 on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of U.S. aircraft March 25-30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Kyle Kuhlman, assigned to the 149th Fighter Wing with the Texas Air National Guard, gives a thumbs-up before other airmen begin to tow an F-16 Fighting Falcon at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24.  Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

Tech. Sgt. Kyle Kuhlman, assigned to the 149th Fighter Wing with the Texas Air National Guard, gives a thumbs-up before other airmen begin to tow an F-16 Fighting Falcon at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

U.S. Air Force airmen tow an F-16 Fighting Falcon on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24.  Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25-30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

U.S. Air Force airmen tow an F-16 Fighting Falcon on the ramp at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25-30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

An airman assigned with the Texas Air National Guard, surveys the area before other airmen begin to tow a C-130 Hercules at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24.  Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25-30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)
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An airman assigned with the Texas Air National Guard, surveys the area before other airmen begin to tow a C-130 Hercules at the FIDAE airshow in Santiago, Chile, March 24. Nearly 60 U.S. airmen are participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts during the week of FIDAE, and as part of the events will host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25-30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Brockhoff/Released)

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Airmen from the Texas Air National Guard and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) arrived in Chile over the weekend for subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts, and to host static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30.

The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

These include discussions and demonstrations on C-130 maintenance and operations, F-16 maintenance and operations, human medical factors in aviation, parachuting procedures, military civil engineering, and providing medical support in a deployed area.

Many of this year's events with the Chilean air force are scheduled to take place in or near Santiago from late March to early April.

"Participating in these exchanges solidifies our partnerships in the region and makes us better airmen," said Col. Steve Pedrotty, the 12th AF (AFSOUTH) team lead and an F-16 pilot. "Both sides gain from the experience, and by the end we are also more prepared to work together in case of situations that call for humanitarian assistance or some type of disaster relief."

While U.S. airmen are in Chile for these exchanges, they will also host the static displays of U.S. aircraft being used in the events during the FIDAE airshow.

For detailed information about the airshow to include directions, hours, and other information, please visit the airshow website athttp://www.fidae.cl/en/web/show-aereo.

For more information on the U.S. aircraft on static display, please visit http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/FactSheets.aspx.


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