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Chilean, US Air Forces share helicopter expertise

Chilean, US Air Forces share helicopter expertise

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Keith Lewis, 55th Rescue Squadron special mission aviator instructor, shares alternate insertion and extraction device information on a HH-60G Pave Hawk with Chilean Airmen during an H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 8, 2019. During this SMEE, the Chilean Airman shared information with U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk pilots, maintenance and support technicians on a variety of subjects to include: Night Vison Goggles, training, air-to-air refueling and safety standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

H-60 SMEE

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Edward Bellus, 55th Helicopter Maintenance Unit, shows Chilean Air Force Maj. Javier Del Rio and Lt. Erwin Caro, an HH-60 Pave Hawk in phase maintenance during an H-60 Subject Matter Expert Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 8, 2019. This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to Santiago, Chile to share information on the Chilean MH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

H-60 SMEE

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Redmond, 55th Rescue Squadron commander, speaks with Chilean Air Force MH-60 pilots about crew resource management and safety lessons during an H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 8, 2019. During this SMEE, the Chilean Airman shared information with U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk pilots, maintenance and support technicians on a variety of subjects to include: Night Vison Goggles, training, air-to-air refueling and safety standards.

H-60 SMEE

U.S. Air Force Airmen and Chilean Air Force Maj. Javier Del Rio listen to Chilean Air Force Lt. Erwin Caro, while in the HH-60G Pave Hawk during an H-60 Subject Matter Expert Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 8, 2019. This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to Santiago, Chile to share information on the Chilean MH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

H-60 SMEE

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Edward Bellus, 55th Helicopter Maintenance Unit, talks to Chilean Air Force Maj. Javier Del Rio and Lt. Erwin Caro, about helicopter engine maintenance during an H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 8, 2019. During this SMEE, the Chilean MH-60 pilots flew aboard an HH-60G Pave Hawk for an orientation flight, toured the 55th RQS and maintenance facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

H-60 SMEE

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stefan Adams, 55th Rescue Squadron special mission aviator instructor, shares alternate insertion and extraction device information on a HH-60G Pave Hawk during an H-60 Subject Matter Exchange with Chilean Airmen at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 8, 2019. This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to Santiago, Chile to share information on the Chilean MH-60M Black Hawk helicopters continuous maintenance and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Chilean, US Air Forces share helicopter expertise

U.S. Air Force Capt. Kurt Wallin, conducts an air-to-air refueling information exchange with Chilean Air Force helicopter pilots, during an H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 7, 2019. During this SMEE, the Chilean MH-60 pilots flew aboard an HH-60G Pave Hawk for an orientation flight, toured the 55th RQS and maintenance facilities. This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to Santiago, Chile to share information on the Chilean MH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Chilean, US Air Forces share helicopter expertise

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Logan Ayala, 55th Rescue Squadron special mission aviator, talks to Chilean Air Force MH-60 pilots about the HH-60G Pave Hawk capabilities, during a H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug 6, 2019. This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to Santiago, Chile to share information on the Chilean MH-60M Black Hawk continuous maintenance and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Chilean, US Air Forces share helicopter expertise

U.S. Air Force Capt. Kurt Wallin, conducts an air-to-air refueling information exchange with Chilean Air Force Maj. Javier Del Rio and Lt. Erwin Caro, during an H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug 7, 2019. During this SMEE, the Chilean Airman shared information with U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk pilots, maintenance and support technicians on a variety of subjects to include: Night Vison Goggles, training, air-to-air refueling and safety standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Keough, 55th Rescue Squadron weapons officer, conducts a Night Vison Goggles refresher class for U.S. Air Force personnel and as an information exchange with Chilean Air Force H-60 pilots during an H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 7, 2019. During this SMEE, the Chilean MH-60 pilots flew aboard an HH-60G Pave Hawk for an orientation flight, toured the 55th RQS and maintenance facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Logan Ayala, 55th Rescue Squadron special mission aviator, talks to Chilean Air Force MH-60 pilots about the U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk capabilities, during a H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug 6, 2019. During this SMEE, the Chilean Airman shared information with U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk pilots, maintenance and support technicians on a variety of subjects to include: Night Vison Goggles, training, air-to-air refueling and safety standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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Chilean Air Force Maj. Javier Del Rio, listens during a Night Vison Goggle refresher class as part of an H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 7, 2019. During this SMEE, the Chilean Airman shared information with U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk pilots, maintenance and support technicians on a variety of subjects to include: Night Vison Goggles, training, air-to-air refueling and safety standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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A U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk is prepped for flight prior to a night flight training mission in conjunction with an orientation flight for two Chilean Air Force MH-60 pilots during a H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug 6, 2019. This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to Santiago, Chile to share information on the Chilean MH-60M Black Hawk continuous maintenance and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk lifts off for a night flight training mission in conjunction with an orientation flight for two Chilean Air Force H-60 pilots during an H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug 6, 2019. This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to Santiago, Chile, to share information on the Chilean MH-60M Black Hawk helicopters continuous maintenance and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Keough, 55th Rescue Squadron weapons officer, conducts a Night Vison Goggles refresher class for U.S. Air Force personnel and as an information exchange with Chilean Air Force MH-60 pilots during an H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 7, 2019. This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to Santiago, Chile, to share information on the Chilean MH-60M Black Hawk continuous maintenance and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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Chilean Air Force Maj. Javier Del Rio, listens as a U.S. Air Force classmate asks a question during a Night Vison Goggle refresher class during an H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug 7, 2019. During this SMEE, the Chilean Airman shared information with U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk pilots, maintenance and support technicians on a variety of subjects to include: Night Vison Goggles, training, air-to-air refueling and safety standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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Chilean Air Force Maj. Javier Del Rio, ask U.S. Air Force Capt. Anthony Delgado, 55th Rescue Squadron, a question during a Night Vision Goggles refresher class, during an H-60 Subject Matter Expert Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 6, 2019. During this SMEE, the Chilean Airman shared information with U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk pilots, maintenance and support technicians on a variety of subjects to include: Night Vison Goggles, training, air-to-air refueling and safety standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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Chilean Air Force Maj. Javier Del Rio and Lt. Erwin Caro, walk around a U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk prior to a flight during a H-60 Subject Matter Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug 6, 2019. During this SMEE, the Chilean MH-60 pilots flew aboard an HH-60G Pave Hawk for an orientation flight, toured the 55th RQS and maintenance facilities.

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Morales, 563rd Operations Support Squadron, aircrew flight equipment technician, issues a helicopter helmet to Chilean Air Force Maj. Javier Del Rio, while U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Risse, 55th Rescue Squadron director of staff, observes prior to an orientation flight during a H-60 Subject Matter Expert Exchange at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 6, 2019. This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to Santiago, Chile to share information on the Chilean MH-60M Black Hawk continuous maintenance and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --

The 55th Rescue Squadron hosted an H-60 Subject Matter Expert Exchange between members of the U.S. Air Force and the Chilean Air Force Aug 5-9, 2019.

This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to Santiago, Chile to share information on the Chilean MH-60M Black Hawk helicopters continuous maintenance and operations.

The MH-60M Black Hawk is a recent addition to the Chilean Air Force, who have been operating the helicopter since September 2018.  

“It’s nice to speak with people that have a lot of experience working with the [H-60] helicopter in a battlefield,” said Chilean Air Force Maj. Javier Del Rio. “At times we encounter issues while flying that are difficult to solve, so it’s beneficial for us to learn from someone who has experienced that type of flight issue already and can share how they resolved it.”

During this SMEE, two Chilean MH-60 pilots flew aboard an HH-60G Pave Hawk for an orientation flight, toured the 55th RQS and maintenance facilities. They also spoke with U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk pilots, maintenance and support technicians on a variety of subjects to include: Night Vison Goggles, training, air-to-air refueling and safety standards.   

“The more we work with our partners now, the better it’s going to pay off if we ever become operational with them,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Risse 55th RQS director of staff, HH-60G pilot. “This exchange gave me confidence in their ability to operate with us in the future, if we were to ever do a joint or combine operation together.”