SCANG wrap up exercise in Colombia.

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Unread post15 Sep 2022, 22:58

Colombian Air Force Kfirs and the 169th Fighter Wing F-16C Block 52 Falcons during exercise Relampago VII, in Colombia, Aug. 30, 2022 (U.S. ANG photo by Master Sgt. Nicole Szews)

Sept. 15, 2022
By Senior Master Sgt. Carl Clegg
169th FW Public Affairs

Approximately 100 Airmen and eight F-16 Fighting Falcons from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing participated in exercise Relampago VII, a combined Colombian and U.S. exercise which took place in Barranquilla, Colombia Aug. 26-Sept. 11.

The exercise focused on training techniques, tactics and procedures, and strengthening interoperability between the U.S. and Colombian air forces as allies under NATO standards.

South Carolina is Colombia’s state partner in the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program and has been training with the Colombian military for 10 years.

Lt. Col. David Way, a 169th FW pilot who participated in previous Relampago exercises, said this year’s iteration offered additional training over the ocean. The co-location of the Colombian and U.S. pilots was key to the success of the year’s exercise.

For future Relampago exercises, Way hopes the organizers will, “keep the ability to train together in the same location so we can brief and debrief together. This is integral to relationship building between the two nations’ pilots.” ... mpago-vii/

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