Commander of Air Forces Southern Pays Official Visit to Chilean Air Force
By Chilean Air Force September 01, 2016U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Mark C. Nowland received a decoration from the Commander in Chief of the Chilean Air Force, Air General Jorge Robles Mella. From August 18th-19th, Lt. Gen. Nowland, commander of Air Forces Southern, paid an official visit to the Chilean Air Force (FACh). Among the most noteworthy of Lt. Gen. Nowland's activities was his meeting with Chilean Minister of Defense José Antonio Gómez, and Commander in Chief of the FACh, Air General Jorge Robles Mella, at the Ministry's offices. The U.S. lieutenant general later met with the Chief of the Joint Staff, Aviation General Arturo Merino Núñez, with whom he discussed professional and aeronautical issues. He also paid a visit to the FACh Center of Aerospace Strategic Studies (CEEA), where he was welcomed by Aviation General Manuel Quiñones Sigala, executive director and head of Space, Technology, and Innovation Affairs, on behalf of all of its members. Afterwards, Lt. Gen. Nowland went to Los Cerrillos Air Base, where he was received with the appropriate military honors. In accordance with the programmed activities, the U.S. Air Force delegation toured an institutional exposition at the offices of the Commander in Chief. Later, the Commander in Chief of the Air Force awarded Lt. Gen. Nowland the "Chilean Grand Cross of Aeronautical Merit medal. This recognition was given to the foreign officer for his professionalism, hard work, and excellent relationship with that nation's aeronautics sector. Lt. Gen. Nowland is the Commander of Air Forces Southern, which operate from the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. This units comprises seven active-duty wings and one direct reporting unit for contingency operations. He also oversees 15 air units and a Reserve Component totaling over 360 airplanes and 20,300 personnel. U.S. Southern Command and Air Forces Southern conduct security, cooperation and provide air, space and cyberspace capabilities throughout the 31 countries that make up the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces.