by Staff Sgt. Joshua Turner
354th Fighter Wing
5/5/2015 - JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The
Indonesian air force hosted a Pacific Agility international
subject-matter expert exchange April 20 through 24 to help build
partnerships across the Pacific region and promote interoperability.
The five-day event included Indonesian air force and U.S. Air Force
service members from several different F-16 aircraft maintenance career
Pacific Agility is a bilateral humanitarian assistance civil military
operation that builds partner capacity through medical and health
outreach, engineering civic projects and subject matter exchanges. This
event is intended to build strong personal relationships and foster the
exchange of information on how F-16 maintenance operations are conducted
within the USAF and the IAF.
"We exchange information on how we [perform] F-16 maintenance operations
within each of our respective air forces," said USAF Capt. Bryn Sowa,
Pacific Air Forces directorate of logistics, engineering and force
protection. "This engagement is very special -- it marks the first time
we've ever had an engagement with Indonesia in this aspect, under the
umbrella of Pacific Agility."
During the exchange, attendees spent the week side-by-side, sharing F-16
maintenance experiences and creating strong relationships through
"The thing that makes this event the most meaningful is the
relationships we've built with our Indonesian counterparts," Sowa said.
"The conversations we've had focused not only on F-16 maintenance but
talk about their families, their hobbies and getting to learn about
their culture. I've learned so much and built some really strong
relationships in a matter of days."
"The exchange was very useful," said IAF Maj. Andy Sukmawan, 16th
Squadron Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base. "We hope it can be followed by
Multiple events such as Pacific Agility occur yearly throughout the
year. Pacific Air Forces continues to plan and coordinate with
Asia-Pacific partners and will release information as planning is
finalized and operations are scheduled.