U.S. Forces Participate in Brazilian-led, Multilateral Air Force Exercise: CRUZEX 2018

U.S. participation includes six F-16s from the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard and one KC-135 from the 141st Air Refueling Wing of the Washington Air National Guard


At the invitation of the Brazilian Air Force, the U.S. Air Force is participating in the Brazilian-led, multilateral CRUZEX VII air combat exercise November 18-30.

Four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Texas Air National Guard and one KC-135 Stratotanker from the Washington Air National Guard will be participating in the exercise.  Approximately 130 U.S. Airmen will be participating in total.  This edition of CRUZEX gathers about 100 aircraft from 14 countries: Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Peru, Uruguay and United States will participate with personnel and airplanes. Bolivia, India, Sweden, United Kingdom and Venezuela will participate as observers.

CRUZEX is an air-focused simulated combat exercise.  The U.S. aircraft will train alongside partner nation aircraft in simulated scenarios to prepare for potential events across the world including peacekeeping and stability operations, supporting civilian authorities during humanitarian response operations, and assisting countries in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Popp said that “We are pleased to participate in CRUZEX 2018 led by our close ally Brazil with the participation of 12 other countries from the Americas and Europe.  We are committed to increasing partner capacity and regional integration in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief events—one of the greatest challenges facing the region.”

The U.S. Air Force has previously participated in CRUZEX V in 2010 and CRUZEX VI in 2013.  CRUZEX is the largest multinational and joint air combat exercise performed by Brazilian Air Force – as it also includes the Brazilian Army and Navy.

For Press:  On November 19, 2018, Col. Raul Rosario, 149th Fighter Wing commander, will participate in the Media Day activity in Natal, including the Press Availability scheduled for 9:30am.  On November 25, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Popp and Brigadier General Dawn Ferrell, Deputy Adjutant General for Air, Texas Military Department, will participate in the VIP Day.  Credentialing of press is required for access to Wing 10, the location of the exercise.  Please register here:  http://www2.fab.mil.br/cruzex2018/index.php/en/press-area/registration.

For more information, please follow: #CRUZEX2018, #Interoperability, #Partnership, #AFSOUTH, #USSOUTHCOM, and www.fab.mil.br/cruzex2018/

For further information on this Press Release, please contact the U.S. Embassy Press Office in Brasília at BrasiliaEMBEUA@state.gov  or on (+55 61) 3312 – 7367 / 7350 / 7364