by Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher
U.S. Northern Command Public Affairs
10/31/2012 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Air
Force Reserve Lt. Col. Luke Thompson, 302nd Airlift Wing Chief of
Aerial Fire Fighting, shows Gen. Guillermo Galvan Galvan, Secretary of
National Defense, Mexico, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System unit
during a tour here Oct. 19.
More than 30 Air Force Reservists and two MAFFS-equipped C-130s from the
302nd AW flew MAFFS missions to suppress a 245,000 acre wildfire in
northern Mexico in April, 2011. The tour was part of Galvan's last visit
as Secretary of National Defense before he steps down from his position
As part of the visit, Galvan visited with local community organizations.
After speaking at a gathering of NORAD and USNORTHCOM members, honors
were rendered in front the headquarters, where Army Gen. Charles H.
Jacoby, Jr., NORAD and USNORTHCOM commander presented Galvan with an
engraved artillery casing and the Mexican flag flown in front of the
Galvan is credited with enhancing the partnership between SEDENA (The
Mexican Secretariat of National Defense) and USNORTHCOM which is
essential in the fight against transnational criminal organizations.
This partnership in the counter-TCO mission is one of USNORTHCOM's top
priorities, and the command is committed to working together with the
Mexican military against TCOs.