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Team Pease hosts Salvadoran partners

U.S. Air National Guard Col. James P. Ryan, the 157th Air Refueling Wing commander, shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Guillermo Adolfo Herrador Pena, the chief of the Salvadoran armed forces, on August 10, 2017 at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H.

U.S. Air National Guard Col. James P. Ryan, the 157th Air Refueling Wing commander, shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Guillermo Adolfo Herrador Pena, the chief of the Salvadoran armed forces, on August 10, 2017 at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. Senior members of the Salvadoran armed forces visited Pease as part of an effort to build upon the existing bilateral relationship between the United States and El Salvador. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla Rorick)

U.S. Air National Guard Lt. Col. Paulo A. Morales, a 133rd Air Refueling Squadron flight commander, translates for members of the Salvadoran armed forces on August 10, 2017 at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H.

U.S. Air National Guard Lt. Col. Paulo A. Morales, a 133rd Air Refueling Squadron flight commander, translates for members of the Salvadoran armed forces on August 10, 2017 at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. During their visit to New Hampshire, Maj. Gen. Felix Edgardo Nunez Escobar, the Salvadoran chief of defense of armed forces, Brig. Gen. Guillermo Adolfo Herrador Pena, the Salvadoran chief of armed forces, and Col. Salvador Ernesto Hernandez Vega, the Salvadoran air force chief of staff, toured a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker to learn more about the capabilities of the 157th Air Refueling Wing.

Salvadoran Col. Salvador Ernesto Hernandez Vega, the air force chief of staff of El Salvador listens to U.S. Air National Guard Lt. Col. Paulo A. Morales, a 133rd Air Refueling Squadron flight commander, before touring the boom pod of a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker on August 10, 2017 at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H.

Salvadoran Col. Salvador Ernesto Hernandez Vega, the air force chief of staff of El Salvador listens to U.S. Air National Guard Lt. Col. Paulo A. Morales, a 133rd Air Refueling Squadron flight commander, before touring the boom pod of a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker on August 10, 2017 at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. Senior military leaders from the El Salvador visited New Hampshire to build upon the positive relationship between the United States and El Salvador. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla Rorick)

Members of the 157th Air Refueling Wing, the 64th Air Refueling Squadron, the United States Army and the Salvadoran Armed Forces pose for a group photo beside a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker on August 10, 2017 at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H.

Members of the 157th Air Refueling Wing, the 64th Air Refueling Squadron, the United States Army and the Salvadoran Armed Forces pose for a group photo beside a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker on August 10, 2017 at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. Senior Leaders from El Salvador visited the 157th ARW in an effort to build upon the existing bilateral relationship between the United States and the Salvadoran Armed Forces. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla Rorick)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. --

The State Partnership Program has connected U.S. National Guards with more than 75 nations around the world for more than 20 years.

Members of the Salvadoran armed forces toured Pease during a senior leadership visit to their partner state of New Hampshire on August 10, 2017.

“This trip allows for New Hampshire and El Salvador to build upon their existing bilateral relationship,” said Brig. Gen. Paul Hutchinson, the assistant adjutant general and commander of the New Hampshire Air National Guard.

There are more than 15 missions to El Salvador each year, said Hutchinson.

New Hampshire Air and Army National Guardsmen have worked with members of the Salvadoran Armed Forces since 2000 to exchange ideas on security procedures and military training processes, as well as to collaborate on humanitarian projects such as the rebuilding of medical clinics and schools, and providing medical services to Salvadoran communities.

Both the U.S. and El Salvador benefit from this strategic partnership, as it supports defense security goals for both nations, while simultaneously boosting potential for future cooperation within military, economic, governmental and social arenas.

Salvadoran Maj. Gen. Félix Edgardo Núñez, the chief of defense, Brig. Gen. Guillermo Adolfo Herrador Peña, chief of the armed forces, Col. Rafael Remberto Ventura Martinez, the chief of staff of the Salvadoran air force, toured an air traffic control tower, a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker and the fire stations on base after meeting with senior Air and Army leadership.

Lt. Col. Paulo A. Morales, a flight commander assigned to the 133rd Air Refueling Squadron here, assisted during the base tour by translating for the Salvadoran visitors.

“This is my first interaction with members of El Salvador's armed forces with hopefully others to come in the future,” said Morales. “It was professionally rewarding to showcase and speak about our equipment and facilities in the Spanish language.”

During the aircraft visit, the Salvadoran visitors toured the flight deck and boom pod of the aircraft, and were given informative summaries of the KC-135 mission sets, aircraft specifications and air refueling fundamentals.

“All members of the visiting team were very grateful and left with a better understanding on how we do business,” said Morales.

To learn more about the history and reach of the State Partnership Program, please visit the National Guard Bureau website at http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/.

 


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