Operation Southern Partner
Chilean children listen intently as Airmen from the U.S. and Chilean Air Forces explain how an airccraft's wings create lift and fly. Volunteers from the U.S. Military Group, Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern), the Chilean Air Force, the U.S. Embassy and personnel from the Santa Clara, Calif.-based technology firm, Agilent Technologies. participate in a guest science class at the Complejo Educacional Esperanza School in Santiago, Chile. The event was the first time such a diverse group had teamed for an AFSOUTH outreach project — a goal U.S. Southern Command has championed as a way to bring militaries, industry and non-government organizations together to reach common goals, said Dana Willis, the Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) project officer for Operation Southern Partner. Operation Southern Partner is an AFSOUTH-led event aimed at providing intensive, periodic subject matter exchanges with partner nations in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus. The all-new program features more than 70 U.S. Air Force subject matter experts from about 25 career fields working alongside partner nation military members in similar career specialties during week-long exchanges. While working in each host nation, the Airmen are provided opportunities to participate in community outreach events such as visiting orphanages, area schools, civic groups and military installations.