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Commander, Mexican Air Force, visits AFNORTH

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  • By Mary McHale
  • AFNORTH Public Affairs
The commander of Mexico's Air Force visited Air Forces Northern Nov. 24-26 for an exchange of mission-related information.

When Lieutenant General Carlos Antonio Rodriguez Munguia arrived at the Killey Center for Homeland Operations, he was greeted by an honorary cordon of 18 salute-bearing Air Forces Northern personnel. Munguia, accompanied by a group of senior U.S. and Mexican military and diplomatic officials, joined AFNORTH senior leaders for a series of briefings and meetings in an exchange of information. Munguia also toured of the 601st Air Operations Center and saw an air defense capabilities demonstration.

Munguia began his career in the Mexican Air Force in 1970 and became its commander in 2013. He is an F-5 pilot who was the top graduate of his pilot training class. He's had a variety of operational assignments both in Mexico and the United States, where he served as a deputy military attaché in Washington D.C. and a Spanish instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

"These exchanges are essential for both our Air Forces, because we both have a common mission - the defense and security of our nations' skies," said Lt. Gen. William Etter, Continental U.S. Aerospace Defense Region-1st Air Force (AFNORTH) commander. "General Munguia's visit went very well, and it shows the commitment both Air Forces have toward building and deepening our mutually beneficial relationship now and for decades to come," Etter added.