Air Force

July 6, 2018
 

D-M, others teach aircraft recovery to Chilean AF partners

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Story and photo by Staff Sgt. ANGELA RUIZ
12th Air Force
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Charles Biddulph, 21 Space Wing Mobile Training Team member, instructs Chilean Airmen on connecting a snatch cable to an aircraft landing gear D-ring during Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery at Cerro Moreno Air Base in Antofagasta, Chile, June 4, 2018. The MTT traveled to Iquique, Chile and then to Antofagasta, Chile. The MTT certified 35 Chilean Airmen on CDDAR at both locations.

ANTOFAGASTA, Chile — Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) sent a mobile training team to Chile to conduct training with the Chilean Air Force on Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery, May 13 to June 8, 2018.

The CDDAR Mobile Training Team consisted of four seasoned crew chiefs who have experienced being an aircraft crash team chief. The crew chiefs hailed from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base; Hill AFB, Utah; and Peterson AFB, Colorado.

The team traveled from the U.S. to the 3rd Aviation Group at Los Condores Air Force Base in Iquique, Chile and then to the 5th Air Brigade Maintenance Group at Cerro Moreno Air Base in Antofagasta, Chile.

“I view the MTTs as a key tool in our security cooperation apparatus,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Hector Gonzalez, embassy Santiago, Chile, theater security cooperation Air Force section chief.

Gonzalez explained that the MTTs are requested and funded by the Chilean air force. “By us being able to provide assistance in an area that they feel a need to improve, we’re building that partnership, that relationship.”

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Powell, 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron mobile training team member, explained that the MTT taught the basic principles of how to preserve the area surrounding an aircraft mishap for an investigation and recover a damaged or disabled aircraft.

The two-week CDDAR course was instructed in English, the same as the U.S. Air Force CDDAR course. This was an opportunity for the Chilean Airmen to practice speaking in English as they already often read in English, since their aircraft technical orders are the same as the U.S. Air Force.

“The course being in English actually helped me,” said Airman Gonzalo Payacan, 5th Air Brigade Maintenance Group F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief of the Chilean air force. “All of the technical orders of my specialty are written in English. The course helps me prepare when needed.”

Throughout the training course, the Chilean airmen were given classroom instruction covering an aircraft recovery plan, personnel protective equipment, and CDDAR operation followed by hands on training.

Chilean airmen demonstrated their knowledge by responding to a simulated damaged disabled F-16 Fighting Falcon and connecting a crane to simulate lifting the aircraft for the final objective of the course.

“To physically see the aircraft lift procedures was a great experience,” Paycan said. “I’m grateful to have experienced it.”

Thirty-five Chilean airmen graduated the CDDAR course from both locations. The Chilean airmen hailed from F-16 maintenance career fields to include crew chiefs, jet engine mechanics, sheet metal technicians, avionics mechanics, safety NCOs, egress technicians, nondestruction inspection technicians, aircrew flight equipment technicians, maintenance officers and quality assurance inspectors.

“It’s very important we interact with different aircraft specialties when we need to pick up an aircraft,” said Chilean air force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Zepeda, 5th Air Brigade Maintenance Group F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief. “They will have different viewpoints and they are going to be the ones lifting the aircraft.”

Upon completing the final objective, U.S. and Chilean airmen conducted a team debrief over what went well and what could be improved. The following day the U.S. Airmen held a graduation ceremony for the newly CDDAR certified Chilean airmen.

“Thank you for your time and your patience and for giving us the instruction, life experiences and your knowledge,” Zepeda said. “The instructors did everything in their power to make the course the best.”




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