Salitre 2014

Posted 17 October 2014
Photo by SMSgt. Elizabeth Gilbert

Chilean president Michelle Bachelet was on-hand to officially kick off Exercise Salitre 2014 at Cerro Moreno AB on the northern coast of Chile on 10 October 2014. The exercise includes air forces from Chile, the US, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay and centers around enhancing multilateral interoperability between nations. More than eighty Airmen, along with six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 149th Fighter Wing, the Texas Air National Guard unit at JB San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, and a KC-135 Stratotanker from Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio, represent the US contingent. The Airmen and F-16s from the 149th FW were selected as participants in this engagement because of Texas's link to Chile through the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program. The exercise ran through 17 October.