Having partnered with the Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO), the U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Surgeon office recently executed a set of pre-deployment courses on Ebola precautions, recognition and response for Salvadoran and Uruguayan peace keeping operations (PKO) forces heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali in early 2015.
In addition to my role as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, I am also The Interdiction Committee (TIC) chair.
The Chile Battalion, a team of Soldiers from Chile, El Salvador and Honduras, recently won the gold medal in the second Peacekeeper Challenge, a competition between troops who are serving in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos recently signed a request by U.S. federal law enforcement officials to extradite alleged narco-trafficker Daniel Rendón Herrera to the United States.
The Anti-Drug Directorate of Peru’s National Police (DIRANDRO) arrested 15 suspects and seized more than $11 million in assets on December 11, dismantling a criminal organization accused of laundering money for narco-traffickers, according to Interior Minister Daniel Urresti.
A plane seized from drug traffickers is the newest addition to the Aerial Surveillance Service of the Costa Rican Ministry of Security’s fleet: the Beechcraft King Air F90, which will carry out patrol missions against organized crime.
In only 2 years, the National Anti-Extortion Force has broken up 300 extortion gangs and prevented the public from having to pay more than $2.6 million to groups dedicated to committing this crime.
Colombia’s National Navy, Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) and US Military troops partnered to seize 295 kilograms of cocaine and 288 kilograms of marijuana from a vessel in the Caribbean Sea on December 7.
The Colombian National Navy recently trained naval forces from eight countries in the Americas in maritime interdiction and other operations during the 12th Coast Guard and Maritime Interdiction Course.
Military delegations from the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC) recently completed a United Nations (UN) integrated training course for peace operations missions.
United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) held the second in a series of four academic roundtable discussions about terrorist-criminal organization relationships in a global context, but especially in Latin America, at the Command’s Conference Center of the Americas on December 9.
Brazilian Air Force celebrates Infantry Day
A group of midshipmen from the Navy of the Dominican Republic (ARD) recently boarded a ship for a cruise in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean – but this was no vacation. This was Maestro del Mar 2014, a series of drills held from November 17-28.
Peru’s Armed Forces and the country’s National Police are ramping up their efforts to dismantle clandestine landing strips used by drug traffickers.
Peru recently hosted a small U.S. Marines Corps security cooperation team, who engaged in joint training exercises with 150 Peruvian Marines and 50 Peruvian Commandos.
The Brazilian Navy and law enforcement agents from the states of Pará and Amapá recently joined forces to combat trafficking in persons, drugs, weapons and ammunition, as well as piracy.
The Honduran Army recently destroyed routes that organized crime groups used to smuggle drugs, people, guns and stolen livestock through the borders the country shares with Guatemala and El Salvador in order to reduce drug trafficking from Honduras.
Colombian soccer legend Faustino Asprilla and his family have fled from their home in Tuluá after receiving death threats from Los Rastrojos, one of the country’s most feared narco-trafficking groups.
U.S. Military, non-government agency planners and prospective participants in the upcoming Continuing Promise 2015 humanitarian assistance deployment worked on the details of the operation during a mission planning conference hosted on Dec. 2-5 by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet.
Thanks to a recent agreement between Peru and Bolivia to work jointly against narco-trafficking and other criminal activities along their common border, naval vessels from both countries will use a sophisticated satellite system to detect drug shipments in Lake Titicaca, which straddles both nations.
The Panamanian Coast Guard and the USS Gary teamed up to seize 57 kilograms of cocaine and 7.5 kilograms of marijuana from a go-fast vessel off the Central American coast while supporting Operation MARTILLO on November 16.
Chile’s naval ATF-66 Galvarino tugboat and AP-46 Viel icebreaker together with Argentina’s ARA Suboficial Castillo tugboat will guard the Antarctic territory during the 17th Joint Antarctic Naval Patrol (PANC).
Troops from the Army’s Ninth Brigade participating in the Sword of Honor II initiative have captured 402 suspects of crimes including homicide, extortion, and sexual abuse, as of early December.
Army Cpl. Michel Augusto Mikami was fatally shot in the head as he patrolled Complexo da Maré on November 28. The attack claimed the life of an experienced young Army Corporal, leaving his family to cope with his loss.
The Nicaraguan Army’s Ecological Battalion (BECO) is fighting a unique battle on multiple fronts to protect one of the country’s most valuable resources: its ecology.
The Colombian Navy confiscated 1,123 kilograms of cocaine suspected of belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s largest terrorist group, the Navy reported.
Working in cooperation, Colombian and U.S. security forces seized 270 kilograms of cocaine on December 3 that organized crime operatives planned on transporting inside the hull of a cargo container ship docked in the port of Cartagena.
In the last eight years, thousands of Colombian guerrillas have demobilized and returned to civilian life as productive members of their society. In doing so, these individuals have given themselves the gift of an opportunity at a new life.
The Chilean Navy recently hosted the International Naval and Maritime Exhibition and Conference for Latin America, or Exponaval 2014, and a conference for the maritime industry.
In an effort to support Salvadoran and Uruguayan peacekeeping operations (PKO) forces preparing to replace their counterparts in Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo at the beginning of 2015, the U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Command Surgeon has
Colombian military authorities are working cooperatively with civilian agencies to prevent the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from recruiting children and adolescents.
About 300 kilograms of Colombian cocaine were discovered by security officials in a cargo vessel docked in the United Kingdom’s Portsmouth International Port on December 1.
Peruvian and Bolivian and law enforcement authorities are preparing to launch joint eradication efforts targeting illegal coca leaf crops along their shared border in 2015. They’ll also cooperate on interdictions of drug shipments on Lake Titicaca, which
Costa Rica’s new anti-drug strategy, which targets organized crime leaders and seizes contraband to cripple their operations, has registered a series of successes since the Ministry of Public Security launched in May.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's largest terrorist group, is involved in Peru’s illegal gold trade, according to the Peruvian daily El Comercio and the TV program Mira Quien Habla.
Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have recently met with representatives of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the Sahel, the region between the Sahara Desert and Sudan’s savannah, the Spanish daily El Mundo reported on November
Brazilian law enforcement and naval authorities effectively cracked down on organized crime in the eastern Amazon region in November through Operation Unlimited Security.
The Dominican Air Force mobilized a rapid response to a simulated spread of the deadly Ebola virus into the country during a training exercise on November 7.
The British frigate HMS Argyll recently offloaded 1,056 kilograms of cocaine it seized during two interdictions in November in the Caribbean Sea in support of Operation MARTILLO.
The Air Forces of Colombia and Perú recently trained together to maximize the effectiveness of their cooperative battle against international drug trafficking organizations and terrorist groups.
Colombian narco-trafficker Richard Mosquera Mosquera, who is known as “Pipe,” faces a maximum sentence of life in prison after he pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court on November 25 to conspiring to traffic and distribute at least five kilograms of cocain
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