The US army teamed up with the Colombian Aerospace Power in two workout routines to enhance the forces’ interoperability.
Train Relámpago VIII tackled defensive counteroperations and air sovereignty, whereas Train Ángel de los Andes targeted on humanitarian assist and catastrophe response.
Each drills had been held in Palenquero, Colombia, with particular participation from the US House Command for overhead imagery and climate forecast help.
Convergent Air Energy
Relámpago’s air drills included mid-air fight maneuvering and refueling workout routines, using the US Air Power’s F-15 plane throughout a few of them.
Colombian Air Power Maj. Gen. Carlos Silva Rueda pressured the significance of mixing capabilities in air protection, including that the 2 nations’ centuries-long relationship is a serious element of the train’s success.
“We’ve got a 200-year custom of mutual assist with [the US], and right here we’re on the tip of the spear of army know-how and operational capabilities,” he mentioned.
Performed yearly, Relámpago was established in 2014 to organize the 2 nations in opposition to any future safety points that demand strategic cooperation between their house forces.
In the meantime, water rescue, earthquake response, and medical evacuation coaching had been a few of Ángel de los Andes’ major drills.
US Air Power 612th Air Operations Middle Commander Col. Matthew Vollkommer led the train and directed drills to align the US’ humanitarian assist and catastrophe response protocols with these of Colombia.
“Anytime you’re fascinated about disaster response, it helps to know the folks you’re working with. You develop a deeper sense of belief that can result in success,” he mentioned.
Blink and you will miss it ✈️👀
Throughout Ángel de los Andes and Relámpago VIII we exercised power by way of unity with our companions, @FuerzaAereaCol. 🇨🇴
— twelfth Air Power (Air Forces Southern) (@AFSOUTH) September 30, 2023