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Dover supports Latin American Cadet Initiative

22 cadets from 11 different Latin American countries were brought to the United States to get hands-on experience with the different branches of the U.S. military.

Cadets from the Latin American Cadet Initiative talk to C-5M Super Galaxy crew members in the troop compartment Oct. 15, 2018, during their visit to Dover Air Force Base, Del. This year, 22 cadets from 11 different Latin American countries were brought to the United States to get hands-on experience with the different branches of the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

22 cadets from 11 different Latin American countries were brought to the United States to get hands-on experience with the different branches of the U.S. military.

Fernando Monterio Brazil, a cadet from the Brazilian Air Force Academy, takes a selfie aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy during a tour of Dover Air Force Base, Del. October 15, 2018. Brazil is one of the top cadets from his academy that got selected to participate in the Latin American Cadet Initiative program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

22 cadets from 11 different Latin American countries were brought to the United States to get hands-on experience with the different branches of the U.S. military.

Cadets from the Latin American Cadet Initiative climb the troop compartment stairs on a C-5M Super Galaxy during their visit Oct. 15, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The program brings cadets from up to 15 different Latin American countries to the United States for three and a half weeks to familiarize the cadets with the operations of the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

22 cadets from 11 different Latin American countries were brought to the United States to get hands-on experience with the different branches of the U.S. military.

Karina Chavez Munoz, a cadet from the Mexican Air Force Academy, sits in the copilot seat on a C-17 Globemaster III Oct. 15, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. During their tour of Dover the cadets had lunch at Patterson Dining Facility and got to experience the C-17 and C-5M Super Galaxy up close. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

22 cadets from 11 different Latin American countries were brought to the United States to get hands-on experience with the different branches of the U.S. military.

Twenty-two Latin American cadets from 11 different countries participating in the Latin American Cadet Initiative pose for a photo from the aft ramp of a C-17 Globemaster III Oct. 15, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The visiting cadets were the top two from their respective countries’ air force academies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

22 cadets from 11 different Latin American countries were brought to the United States to get hands-on experience with the different branches of the U.S. military.

Cadets from the Latin American Cadet Initiative walk up the stairs of a C-17 Globemaster III October 15, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The top two cadets from 11 different Latin American air force academies were chosen to participate in the program and visit different bases and academies of the U.S. military for three and a half weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

22 cadets from 11 different Latin American countries were brought to the United States to get hands-on experience with the different branches of the U.S. military.

Latin American cadets take photos aboard a C-17 Globemaster III Oct. 15, 2018, during their visit of Dover Air Force Base, Del. The cadets were part of the Latin American Cadet Initiative - an Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs program that started in 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- The 436th Airlift Wing hosted 22 cadets from 11 Latin American countries in support of the Latin American Cadet Initiative October 15, 2018, at Dover AFB.

The Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs began the LACI program in 2006, which extends an invitation to the top two senior cadets from up to 15 Latin American air force academies for a three-and-a-half week visit to the United States to learn from different branches of the U.S. military.

“For me, this has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build lifelong relationships with cadets from all over Latin America,” said Jean Louis Torres Herrera, a cadet at the Dominican Air Force academy. “I feel honored to be a part of this program and to build and [extend] international relationships.”

Two cadets from each of the following countries were selected to participate in this year’s program: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Perú.

During their visit to Dover AFB, the cadets toured a C-5M Super Galaxy and a C-17 Globemaster III while aircrew members explained the mission and capabilities of the aircraft.

“Introducing the United States and its complex processes early in an officer’s career becomes important in the long-term cooperation between nations,” said Lt. Col. Donald Landgrebe, Country Director, Under Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs, America-Africa Division. “Anytime we can increase understanding and cooperation, this furthers our cooperative objectives. LACI will shape the cadet’s perspectives and understanding of the U.S.”