Diálogo interviewed Major General Tito Livio Moreno Coello, head of the Honduran Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the Central American Security Conference 2021, in Panama City, June 22-23.
Diálogo interviewed Colombian Army General Luis Fernando Navarro Jiménez, commanding general of the Military Forces, during the Central American Security Conference 2021, held in Panama City, June 22-23.
Juan Manuel Pino Forero, Panamanian minister of Public Security, coordinates a national and regional effort to combat transnational criminal organizations. Interagency work with security agencies, binational border agreements, and cooperation with the Southern Triangle are part of his commitment to counter illicit networks.
Colombian Army Major General Luis Mauricio Ospina Gutiérrez, director of General Rafael Reyes Prieto War College (ESDEG, in Spanish), prioritizes strengthening the educational quality of the Colombian Military Forces’ General Command. He spoke with Diálogo about academic projections.
Diálogo interviewed Colombian Army Major General Javier Alonso Díaz Gómez, Colombia’s Defense attaché to the United States, who recently visited U.S. Southern Command’s facilities in Florida.
Ecuador has joined the Partner Nation Military Advisor (PNMA) program at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Army Colonel Juan Xavier Riofrío Játiva assumed the post in March 2021.
General Ramsés Rueda Rueda, commander of the Colombian Air Force, spoke with Diálogo during his May 2021 visit to U.S. Air Forces Southern/12th Air Force (AFSOUTH) for the conclusion of Red Flag-Rescue, a premier combat search and rescue exercise. The exercise, with the participation of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish), Germany, and France, took place at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.
Colombia and the United States have had a mutually supportive relationship for decades, with strong ties of teamwork, operations, exercises, and combined efforts. This relationship has been further consolidated with Colombian Army Brigadier General Erik Rodríguez, who leads the Exercises and Coalition Affairs Directorate (J7/9) at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).
On August 21, 2020, Major General Barry Cornish assumed command of U.S. Air Forces Southern/12th Air Force (AFSOUTH) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. AFSOUTH, is U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) air component, focused on countering regional threats, assisting with humanitarian aid, and training partner nations.
A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, Lieutenant Colonel Ghislain Rancourt joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1982. As an air navigator, Lt. Col. Rancourt has over 3,800 hours flying on the CP 140 Aurora and CC 130 Hercules aircraft, with two deployments to Afghanistan. During his second tour, he served as strategic advisor to the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul.
With 32 years of military service, Chilean Navy Captain Guillermo Ceballos is one of the 11 partner nation military advisors (PNMA) at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).
The first contact Lesvia Leticia Gallardo Morales had with the Guatemalan Armed Forces was when she first saw soldiers patrolling near her house. The then 5-year-old turned to her mother and said, “When I grow up, I want to be a soldier.” Throughout the years, she kept reminding her mother, but the answer was always no. She was so persistent that her mother finally gave her the green light, with a “Fine, my child, may God bless you.” Today, she serves with the Colonel Antonio José de Irisarri Sixth Infantry Brigade, based in Playa Grande, Ixcán, Quiche department. She is proud to be Guatemalan Army Private Gallardo. As a specialist in Civil-Military Relations and Humanitarian Assistance, she was called to take part in relief efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes Eta and Iota. Diálogo spoke with Private Gallardo about this rewarding experience, not only for her military career, but also for the rest of her life.