The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron conducted a first-ever air, land and sea training mission with the Belize Air Wing, Belize Defence Force and Belize Coast Guard this past May.

The 571st MSAS mobile training team’s goal was to enact, change and build capabilities for each of the three Belizean forces, while building partner nation relationships. The team accomplished this by conducting various training courses, including an aircrew flying hour program, aircraft scheduling program, tactical first aid course, aircrew flight equipment program management course, hands-on radio course and an information technology principles course.

Air advisors conducted a high frequency radio communications course with the Belize Coast Guard, which culminated in a Joint Maritime Exercise, the first of its kind performed in the country. Multiple scenarios were held at sea to allow the students to demonstrate the communications skills they had learned during the course. Throughout the duration of the exercise, the students made multiple radio calls to land-based assets, while their instructors stood by, on-board and ready to assist.

“Conducting realistic, scenario-based exercises while in the real-world operating environments of our students is crucial not only to demonstrate the skills they learn in the classroom, but to build student confidence and showcase the capabilities of the equipment,” said Master Sgt. Kevin Stewart, 571st MSAS air advisor.

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