As a token of their appreciation for our hard work teaching English to their soldiers over the past few weeks in country, the Paraguayan Air Force gave cadets in team three special access to a few of their facilities.
We toured the hangers that are responsible for maintenance, and were able to enter their main transport air craft, the CASA 212. Also, our team got up close and personal with some of their attack aircraft and helicopters. Our tour ended at the main hanger for airborne school operations and we witnessed the current school practicing packing their parachutes. At every stop we met with a member of the different units who was able to answer questions and share stories. It was a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity.
“The greatest lesson of the tour was not the maximum range of their transport aircraft or the capabilities of their attack helicopter. What I will always remember from today is that you must be the best you can be. Budget cuts, bad weather, and laziness are not reasons to stop training. There are always opportunities to improve yourself,” said Cadet Kyle Rose of the Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Every person that spoke to team three stressed this lesson. Because it is impossible to predict the future, you must be constantly ready to perform. You can not sit around and wait for top-of-the-line technology to fall in your hands but you should work with the materials you have available.
Paraguay’s Air Force has gone through many changes over the past decade and it is continuing to grow. They are expecting new aircraft with greater capabilities to arrive in the coming years. Every pilot is dedicated to their role and will not settle for poor performance. It will be very interesting to watch the Fuerza Aerea develop, as they are a valuable ally to the United States.
Once again team three continues to be amazed by this country! We only have a week left and we will take advantage of every opportunity given to us!