by Greg Davis
436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
10/21/2015 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Team
Dover hosted 26 cadets from 13 countries in Central and South America
as they toured the base's transport aircraft types; the C-5M Super
Galaxy and C-17A Globemaster III, during a brief visit Oct. 15, 2015,
The cadets were introduced to the jet transports and their crews during a
tour of static aircraft on the main parking ramp as part of a
professional development exchange called the Latin American Cadet
Initiative. LACI is arranged through the Office of the Secretary of the
Air Force's International Affairs Office-Latin American and Africa
Division, and takes place each October.
The cadets on the tour represent the top two cadets from their
respective countries and many are destined to be their Air Force's
senior leaders in the coming years.
"Most will become pilots," Lt. Col. Orbelin Arreola, SAF-IA office
chief, said of the cadets as they watched a C-17's cargo door being
opened. "We want them to remember everything good about the U.S.,
especially the U.S. Air Force because they hold us at the highest
The visit to Dover is part of a whirl-wind, month-long tour across the
U.S. which includes visits to all three U.S. military academies, major
landmarks in New York, Washington, D.C., the Grand Canyon, plus
experiences with the Army, Air Force, Navy and the Inter-American Air
Forces Academy in San Antonio. The cadet trip is funded by the SeCAF IA
office and recognized by leaders both here and abroad as a program of
high-interest and high-reward for military-to-military relations,
Before getting on a bus to conclude the tour of Dover AFB, El Salvador
Air Force Academy Cadet Raul Granados reflected on his experience
learning about how the Air Force conducts airlift.
"It's amazing and a little bit overwhelming. Our country's air force is
so tiny compared to the United States Air Force," said Granados.
Validation of the LACI has not only lasting, but almost immediate
impressions on the lives of these future leaders. Granados' expressed
his reflections on having interacted with the professional aircrews at
"I want to be a pilot and was considering being a fighter pilot," said
Granados. "Knowing the importance of the C-5 and C-17 missions makes me
think of being a cargo pilot now."
The cadets continue their tour for another two weeks and left Dover AFB
to visit bases in Virginia before continuing west for stops in Texas,
Arizona and Colorado where they will finish at the Air Force Academy
during Fall International Week.