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About 100 New York National Guard Airmen, including 80 from the 106th Rescue Wing, are participating in exercises with their Brazilian Air Force counterparts through Aug. 31.
U.S. Airmen operate from the Brazilian Air Force Base in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, as part of Exercise Tapio, a Brazilian search and rescue and close air support exercise .
The training involves 1,100 Brazilian personnel and aircraft.
A US Southern Command official said the exercise would “strengthen our collective ability to address complex global challenges, counter threats, and maintain regional security and stability.”
The US component is led by Air Force Colonel Jeff Cannet, commander of the 106th Operations Group. It includes one HC-130J Combat King II search and rescue aircraft, three HH-60 Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopters and two C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft.
The 106th Rescue Wing is based at Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, New York.
Members of the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing flew the three helicopters to Campo Grande aboard the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The wing is based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York.
Also participating in the mission are personnel from the New York Air National Guard’s 274th Air Support Operations Squadron, which specializes in airstrikes, and the 107th Attack Wing, which flies the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft. remotely piloted.
Two A-10 Thunderbolt pilots from the Maryland Air National Guard joined the team to offer their perspective on close air support.
The Oregon Air National Guard provided a team of four airmen and combat controllers from the 142nd Wing, 125th Special Tactics Squadron, specializing in operations in austere environments.
This is the second year the New York Air National Guard has participated in Exercise Tapio. In 2021, the exercise simulated warfare scenarios, including helicopter infiltration and extrication, rope rescues, separated survivor scenarios and an urban operation with a vehicle extrication and high impact event. victims.
This year’s exercise added aerial refueling of the HH-60s by the HC-130J Combat King aircraft.
“It’s great to be part of Exercise Tapio again with a larger team than ever before,” said Cannet.
“Friendships and professional development have grown behind the scenes over the past year and seeing it all come together this fiscal year has been rewarding. We look forward to building on this strong partnership for years to come,” did he declare.
The New York Air National Guard was invited to participate due to its partnership with the Brazilian military through the Department of Defense’s National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.
New York National Guard units participate in joint training and exchanges with their Brazilian counterparts to increase interoperability.
Recent interactions involved a visit from the New York Air National Guard’s 222nd Command and Control Squadron, a space operations unit, with their Brazilian counterparts. Brazilian leaders also visited New York and observed security operations in New York.
The State Partnership Program was created after the end of the Cold War and paired State National Guardsmen with the military of former Soviet bloc countries.
Since then, the program has expanded. New York also has a partnership with the South African National Defense Force.