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Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 149th Fighter Wing from JBSA-Lackland, Texas, are participating in Salitre 2014, which is hosted by the Chilean air force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

​A half dozen Texas Air National Guard F-16Cs flew to Chile for international exercise Salitre alongside air forces from four South American countries at Cerro Moreno AB, Chile. "This exercise provides an opportunity to strengthen our military-to-military relationships with regional partners," said exercise co-director Col. Mike Torrealday in a release. The Texas ANG is paired with the Chilean air force under the Guard's State Partnership Program and 149th Fighter Wing F-16s participated in a mini-exchange as part of the country's largest air show earlier this year.  International aircraft flying in the exercise include Argentine A-4 Skyhawks, Brazilian F-5E Tiger IIs and C-130s, Chilean F-16s, and Uruguayan A-37 Dragonflies, according to the exercise homepage. Approximately 80 pilots, maintainers, and support personnel from the 149th Fighter Wing at JBSA-Lackland, Texas, supported by a single Ohio ANG KC-135 deployed for the exercise Oct. 4-18, according to the release. (See also The Guard Partnerships from the October issue of Air Force Magazine.)