U.S. Airmen Participate in Colombian-Led Search, Rescue Exercise


Two U.S. Air Force aircraft and more than 90 U.S. airmen are participating in Angel de los Andes, a Colombian-led international search and rescue training exercise here that began Sept. 3 and runs through Sept. 14.

The Air Combat Command No. 5 unit at Arturo Lema Posada Air Base is the staging ground for the exercise. This is the second time the Colombian air force has conducted Angel de los Andes. The first was in 2015.

“I’m confident that Angel de los Andes, with its mission to save lives, will extend and further our relationship, cooperation and exchange of best practices which will benefit the U.S. and Colombian air forces,” said Gen. Carlos Eduardo Bueno Vargas, the Colombian air force’s chief of staff. “The significant importance of the U.S. being here is that we have the opportunity to strengthen our relationship so we can be prepared to confront future threats together.”

Globemaster, Hercules Aircraft

A C-17 Globemaster III from the 14th Airlift Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, and a C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Squadron are among the eight U.S. Air Force active, Guard and Reserve components participating.

“The U.S. has been our ‘big brother’ for many years, and we have a special relationship based on gratitude and…

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