On August 5, the National Service for Industrial Learning Integrated Manufacturing and Technology Center (SENAI CIMATEC) inaugurated the first Ballistic Testing Laboratory in northern northeastern Brazil. The initiative has the support of the Brazilian Army, through the 6th Military Region, the Army Evaluation Center, and the Brazilian Armor Association. SENAI CIMATEC, located in Salvador, capital of Bahia state, is one of the most advanced technology and innovation centers in Brazil, specialized in developing research and solutions for the military/security industry.
More than 200 service members of the Brazilian Army will participate in the Combined Operations and Rotation Exercises (CORE 22) in Fort Polk, Louisiana, August 4-September 6.
U.S. military medics arrived in San Salvador, El Salvador, June 5, 2022, to integrate with the Salvadoran military and medical staff at Hospital Militar Central for Operation Resolute Sentinel 22.
Forces assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet (USNAVSO/4THFLT), U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH), and II Marine Expeditionary Force conducted exercise Caraibes 2022, June 7-17.
The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) is a program U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) launched in 1997, which seeks to bring together representatives of the military and security forces of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to institutionalize human rights (HR). The program, which will turn 25 years old in 2022, focuses on four areas: policy and doctrine, education and training, internal control systems, and cooperation with civilian authorities.
Soldiers from the West Virginia National Guard’s 115th Engineer Company, 1092nd Engineer Battalion, recently arrived in Flores, Guatemala, to provide support to Operation Resolute Sentinel 22.
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force co-hosted the annual Pacific Amphibious Leaders Symposium (PALS) 2022 event, in Tokyo, Japan, June 13-16.
At an event on the sidelines of the Ninth Summit of the Americas, a hemispheric meeting of leaders of the region held in Los Angeles, California, June 6-10, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power announced approximately $331 million in humanitarian and long-term development assistance to address food security and resilience in the region, among other initiatives focused on Latin America and the Caribbean.
Personnel from Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo), the U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA), the Guatemalan National Coordination for Disaster Reduction (CONRED), and Guatemalan military representatives conducted a two-day humanitarian assistance and disaster relief tabletop exercise, Sentinel Watch, June 8-9.
Honduras hosted Fuerzas Comando 2022 opening ceremony at Campo Marte, Tegucigalpa, June 13, 2022. Seventeen countries will compete in a Special Operations Forces skills competition to earn the title of the Best Special Forces of the Americas, June 13-23.
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Jim Aiken, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet commander, hosted delegates from the Peruvian Navy for the 28th annual Maritime Staff Talks (MST), at St. Francis Barracks, Florida National Guard Headquarters in St. Augustine, June 1-3, 2022.
From June 1-3, 2022, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) co-hosted the first ever Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Jungle Symposium in Guyana. Participants from the GDF, SOUTHCOM Headquarters, U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army South, Colombia, Brazil, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras attended the symposium, as well as Chile and Argentina virtually. U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Benjamin Jones, SOUTHCOM Command Sergeant Major, and Guyana Defence Force Sergeant Major Raul Rodney led discussions and exchanges on jungle warfare and operations. Colombian Army Sergeant Major William Cuellar Duarte also attended. The Symposium concluded with a visit to the GDF Jungle Amphibious Training School (JATS).