IAAFA Extends Courses to Central and South American and Caribbean Countries
By Dialogo August 03, 2012
Training managers from 15 Central and South American and Caribbean countries attended the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) Training Manager Conference on July 16-17 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
IAAFA works to foster enduring engagements with Latin American countries through education and training in fields such as aircraft structural maintenance and others where military service members may need capacity building.
Military students from more than 20 countries in the Americas routinely attend courses at the IAAFA campus, thanks in part to the guidance their countries’ training managers, who coordinate any sort of capacity building their respective military forces may need.
The conference, with 20 training managers in attendance from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay was critical in presenting an in-depth picture of the 34 courses offered, course overviews from each instructor, and briefings to better explain the IAAFA experience.
“Attending this conference has given me a better idea and more thorough explanation of what IAAFA can offer us,” said Ritza Romero, a training manager from Honduras.
“Without coming here, I can read a course description in the catalog, but I can’t explain to them what to expect as students,” Romero said.
“I now know exactly how to prepare students when they are sent to an IAAFA course – from what to anticipate getting off the plane, to courses and simulators, to hospitality,” she said. “We were able to experience everything that our students will when they come here.”
Romero said as a training manager, part of her job is to understand IAAFA course descriptions, help match students with needed courses, and even help prepare them for travel to the U.S. Attending this conference makes those aspects of her job much easier.
“Although we provide a catalog, an interactive website, and are open any time for questions, the work the training managers provide can’t be duplicated,” said Col. Marc Stratton, IAAFA commandant. “Seeing first-hand each of the courses, talking to the instructors and actually handling some of the training aids that we use cannot be done virtually.”
The last training manager conference was held in 2008. Since then, IAAFA has moved into a new facility, acquired different training aids, an additional aircraft, and modernized several courses. The conference served as an opportunity to update the training managers on improvements and changes that have taken place at IAAFA in the four years since.
“There is a huge difference in IAAFA,” Romero said. “With the new building and improvements… I wish we had something like this back home for training. This was a very rewarding opportunity to see what IAAFA has to offer.”
It is obvious and indisputable the amazement of Mrs. Romero from Honduras regarding the life experience in Texas. The experience of touching ground, living the weather, breathing the air, interpreting the signals and listening to the voice is above any well illustrated document. With regard to infrastructure, because Honduras not only lacks this type of services, without doubt, it covers all the Central American Region and much of the Southern Cone. Good evening, I belong to the military personnel in the Argentinian Air Force and would like to know the courses available to take at IAAFA and how I can apply for a vacancy.
Thanks in advance. I look forward to your prompt reply. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT COURSES ARE OFFERED AND THE DATES FOR EACH KIND OF COURSE Good afternoon. I belong to the Colombian Army's Aviation unit and I would like to know if there are courses at the IAAFA for maintenance technicians of aerial weaponry and inspectors. I would appreciate if you would let me know in which countries of the world these courses are held for this personnel. Thank you very much.
Course for maintenance technicians of aerial weaponry
Course for inspectors of aerial weaponry I am in the Argentine Air Force and would like to know about the catalogue of courses available to take in the IAAFA
Thanking you in advance. I await your quick response.