Airmen Head to Guatemala in Subject Matter Expert Exchange

Four airmen from the Arkansas Air National Guard and two from 12th Air Force are participating in a subject matter expert exchange with members of the Guatemala air force. As part of a continuing effort to expand and enhance Guatemala’s military medical capabilities, the airmen will provide guidance on individual medical readiness standards and establishing an Aerospace Medical Program, said Col. Luis Salazar, director of the Guatemalan air force hospital. The airmen toured the hospital and met with Salazar upon their arrival Monday to assess the hospital’s needs. “First we need to educate their medical team on medical standards, so that they have a set way of measuring everyone’s readiness level,” said Lt. Col. Paul Sherman from the Arkansas ANG’s 189th Airlift Wing at Little Rock AFB, Ark., in an Aug. 5 release. “We also need to get more in-depth on their flight medicine program. The physicians need to be educated on the program itself, which includes equipment and aeromedical standards.”