Sunday, May 24, 2009
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'New Zealand air force Chief Master Sgt. Keith Gell speaks with U.S. Air Force trainees at Camp Bullis, Texas, during the 2009 Worldwide Senior Enlisted Leaders visit May 12-15. The visit was hosted by U.S. Air Force senior enlisted leaders to give their foreign counterparts a look at a U.S. Air Force enlisted member's career from start to finish. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rich McFadden)
Maj. Gen. Anthony Przybyslawski talks with senior enlisted leaders from partner nations during the 2009 Worldwide Senior Enlisted Leaders visit May 12-15 at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. The visit was hosted by U.S. Air Force senior enlisted leaders to give their foreign counterparts a look at a U.S. Air Force enlisted member's career from start to finish. General Przybyslawski is the Air Education and Training Command vice commander, (U.S. Air Force photo/Rich McFadden)'
Air Force Link American Forces News Service:
Senior enlisted leaders strengthen international bonds by Capt. Rose Richeson
May 21, 2009
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Senior enlisted leaders from nine countries met
in the San Antonio area for a closer look at Air Education and Training Command
programs and processes during a visit May 12-15.
As part of the 2009 Senior Enlisted Leader Summit, international enlisted
leaders from Australia, Bulgaria, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania and Singapore partnered with command chiefs from U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and AETC while they visited Randolph and
Lackland Air Force Bases.
The two-week summit began in Hawaii and moved to central America with stops in
Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.
"Building partnership capacity is USAFE's business in the European area of
responsibility," Chief Derrow said. "Since 2007 we've been working with these
countries to help them build their respective air forces, with a lot of focus
also on their enlisted forces."
By way of institutionalizing international training and education in the Air
Force command structure, U.S. and partner nations conduct numerous exchange
programs annually, said Col. David Snodgrass, AETC International Training and
"In 2008, AETC provided training to 144 countries around the world instructing
close to 5,000 students," he said.
Not only do partner nation members travel to the U.S. for this training, but
AETC also sends teams to overseas locations to conduct observations and
training. Last year 133 teams traveled abroad and trained more than 4,300 personnel from 55 different countries, Colonel Snodgrass said.
One lesson learned for the Romanian air force attendees was the U.S. Air Force
instructors' ability to pass their knowledge to the younger Airmen.