Inter-American Air Forces Academy Opens New Airfield Training Complex
By Dialogo February 16, 2012
High-ranking officials of the United States Air Force and Chiefs, Commanders and representatives of Latin American Air Forces opened IAAFA’s new Airfield Training Complex on February 9 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
This new complex was built at a cost of approximately $ 19 million, with technological tools for advanced training, which will continue to provide training for aviation maintenance class students from countries allied with the United States.
The Academy graduates an average of 800 students per year, of which approximately 60 percent participate in technical courses in aviation maintenance. The design of this new complex is meant to standardize the skills of students participating in technical courses while complementing academic and “hands on” training in a modern, safe and friendly environment.
Lt Gen Robin Rand, Commander of 12th AF said this complex is “vivid evidence of the United States Air Force’s commitment to building and nurturing partner nation’s capabilities with our allies in the Western Hemisphere providing an exchange of shared experiences to be used in combating threats to our countries. “
Among the honorary attendees to the ceremony were the Peruvian Air Force Chief of Staff, General Pedro Seabra Pinedo, and Retired Peruvian Air Force General Fernando Melgar Velasquez, grandson of the chief architect of the creation of the academy 68 years ago. “It has been many years since my grandfather proposed the creation of this Academy to the United States Air Force and I am glad to see that this proposal was not in vain,” said General Melgar.
IAAFA’s 34 courses support USNORTHCOM and USSOUTHCOM Military Objectives. We also offer a wide range of mobile training subject areas targeting specific partner-nation needs. Whether in the classroom or on the road, the Academy strives to strengthen Inter-American security while building lasting relations with partner nation military and security forces.
I had the satisfaction to be in IAAFA in 2006 and 2010 and it is rewarding what I learned and shared there with people from different countries, thanks to the staff of instructors, tactical personnel and to everyone that makes all this effort possible, to keep the countries united. May God bless you and I hope that someday I can be able to return to study at such renowned Academy (IAAFA). The best memory of my life is having been part of the IAAFA when it was in Panama in 1969 class 70A, when Colonel Thomas was present, and it was very pleasant to share with so many people of different countries.
All the staff of the Academy treated us very well, the food was excellent, I liked the order and discipline. I would like to hear from many friends of that time. The best memory of my life was being part of the IAAFA back in 2008, class of 2008 A. It was very pleasant to coexist with so many people from different countries. The entire Academy staff treated us very well, the food was excellent and I enjoyed the order and discipline. I would really like to hear from many of the friends I made in that time. That's why I'm so grateful for having spent all that time in this academy. It's such a shame that Ecuador can no longer participate in those courses because of the current government. I for one disagree with the policies and the way of thinking of this government. Well, I would really like to keep in touch with you. Kind regards. I have the privilege to be part of the 2010C class of the INCOA Course, IAFFA at the Lackland Air Base and I was an expert witness of the work performed to expand the training capacity provided by the USAF to the Air Forces of American countries.
I have good memories of the experiences we had, of my classmates Leny CEpero and George Nikolakakos (USA), Walter Avila and Byron (Guatemala), Paz (Honduras) and Miguel Ochoa (Peru), without forgetting to mention our instructors, Ben Miranda (USAF)., Hope I can go back someday. It would be ideal to do it as an instructor of the Inter-American Academy. I was pleased to be in the IAAFA in 2010 and am gratified for what I learned and shared there with people from different countries. Thank you to the staff of instructors, tacticians and all those who make all this effort to keep the countries united possible. May GOD bless you and I hope to be able to someday return to study at such a prestigious academy (IAAFA). I belong to class 71C I had the privilege of being in their classes regarding the mention of metallic structure repairs, I belong to the Venezuelan Air Force I am currently retired, I will be traveling to Panama soon, I want to know if I can visit the academyâ€™s facilities.