HomeNewsArticle Display

571 MSAS launches inaugural WPS seminar in El Salvador

571 MSAS launches inaugural WPS seminar in El Salvador

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Amanda Salazar, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor, facilitates discussion during the first Women, Peace, and Security seminar, Aug. 24, 2021, at Centro de Entrenamiento de Operaciones de Paz, El Salvador. The seminar, taught by the 571st MSAS and 818th MSAS, covered a variety of topics including understanding bias, gender and conflicts, gender roles and duties and developing sustainable practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

571 MSAS launches inaugural WPS seminar in El Salvador

Salvadoran Navy 1st Lt. Mannliz Chicas, Navy chief of acquisitions for special activities, speaks with U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sylvia Carranza, 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor, Aug. 24, 2021, at Centro de Entrenamiento de Operaciones de Paz , El Salvador. Twenty-eight military members of El Salvador’s Air Force, Army and Navy participated in the week-long course covering women, peace and security efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathon Carnell)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) --

The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron and the 818th MSAS hosted the first Women, Peace and Security seminar for 28 Salvadoran military members from Aug. 23-27 at the Centro de Entrenamiento de Operaciones de Paz, El Salvador.

Women, Peace and Security is a United Nations effort to highlight the effect of conflict on women and the importance of including women in security forces and in conflict resolution. This effort aims to promote women leaders within the military and security forces and to develop solutions for a seamless integration.

The seminar, provided by the 571st MSAs,
Travis Air Force Base, and augmented by their sister squadron, the 818th MSAS, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, covered a variety of topics to include understanding bias, gender and conflicts, gender roles and duties, developing sustainable practices and more.

“The overall mission objective from this workshop is to introduce concepts of WPS in an operational context to our counterparts in the (Fuerza Armada de El Salvador) with an aim of the workshop participants to be able to apply the concepts to their respective units,” said Maj. Amanda Davis, 571st MSAS foreign area officer. “Women bring essential perspectives and benefits to every organization, to include the military and security forces of a country.

“However, gender integration in this sector is an evolving process that requires continuous effort in order to succeed.”

Salvadoran Navy Lt. Commander Magaly de Vanegas, Navy headquarters communications commander, said this training assures her that progression for women’s equality in her military is paving its way for hers and generations to come.

“Being a woman in the military comes with an instant bias of who I am as a person and my work ethic,” Vanegas said. “With that bias, many women do not want to join the military due to inequality. I say to them, ‘you must join to change this narrative of women not being valued in the military.’”

One WPS initiative is to adapt the cultural perspective of women in leadership roles.

The class included male and female participants of all ranks.

“This needs to be a total force integration,” said Tech. Sgt. Anthony Colón Matos, 571st MSAS team sergeant and lead gender advisor. “We want their military members of all ranks to speak up at a moment’s notice to defend and protect their counterparts against discrimination.” 

Davis said this workshop will harness existing efforts in El Salvador and provide tactical tools and best practices to enhance them.

“The resources we are providing are meant to help in real-time,” Colón Matos said.

Salvadoran service members were given the resources to identify gender inclusive policies and promote the means to implement, Colón Matos said.

“By having this knowledge, we can implement WPS rights in my institution,” Vanegas said. “This training will help develop the countries who are most vulnerable.”

The MSAS mission is to implement national strategy by conducting security force assistance activities with partner nations, military forces, or relevant populations to affect partner-nations perceptions, will behavior and capabilities in support of combatant commanders’ requirements and campaign plan objectives.

“We next plan to go to Guatemala,” Davis said. “We will implement the same seminar to cultivate an environment of gender inclusivity amongst military branches.”

Engage

Twitter
10 years have passed since #DontAskDontTell was repealed. @UnderSecAF Gina Ortiz Jones celebrated the milestone by… https://t.co/i1kTNvykzM
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: It’s going to take all of our Airmen, Active-duty, Reserve and Guard to secure this nation’s future. https://t.co/4P3CUiQ…
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: A few years ago, only two small businesses joined us at AFA--this year we have 40+. @AFWERX works with these companies ever…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF is meeting with defense industry leaders today during the @AirForceAssoc’s #ASC21 events. In his #OneTeamOneFigh
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Our rate of change needs to increase. We must move with a sense of urgency today in order to rise to the challenges of to…
Twitter
.@AETCommand is working to remove barriers in the pilot candidate selection process. Learn more about the changes… https://t.co/ANcqVRdsNz
Twitter
.@UnderSecAF Gina Ortiz Jones spoke on the anniversary of DADT... https://t.co/zZYqHOTp8V
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: "We are in a national, strategic, long-term contest with a formidable adversary and what you do every day is important t…
Twitter
"We must move with a sense of urgency today in order to rise to the challenges of tomorrow. Because the return to s… https://t.co/yeYvmOaOos
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Our collaboration with industry is integral to ensuring we are able to compete, deter and win tomorrow against peer adver…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Impossible ends with you. https://t.co/e6ebHtvBDg
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF Kendall addressed the @AirForceAssoc's Air, Space & Cyber Conference earlier today: "I intend to be relentless in…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF Kendall just finished addressing the @AirForceAssoc's Air, Space & Cyber Conference. The topics he spoke on includ…
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: Happy #DontAskDontTell Repeal Day! Honored to commemorate the repeal’s 10th anniversary with some of our LGBTQ Airmen & Gua…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,377,014
Follow Us