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).
“The women who make up the Guatemalan Army are, like the rest of the members of this institution, soldiers in the service of their country, who serve without distinctions, other than those earned by their meritorious acts. Many of them, with their service, have strengthened the institutional response to the Eta and Iota weather phenomena, which caused serious damage to the country, leaving more than 1.7 million people affected,” Lieutenant General Juan Carlos Alemán Soto, Guatemalan minister of Defense, said.
The U.S. Navy Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11) and the Dominican Navy conducted a bilateral interdiction exercise in the Caribbean Sea, May 23.
U.S. service members with Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo), Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, concluded Resolute Sentinel 2021, a two-week long medical readiness exercise, May 22.
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific hosted the annual Pacific Amphibious Leaders Symposium (PALS) event, recognized as the premier Pacific maritime symposium, held virtually on May 19.
The United States stands with partner nations and civil society to ensure the Western Hemisphere remains free and democratic.
More than 100 miles from shore, near the coast of West Africa, I accompanied marine police officers from Gambia as they arrested 15 foreign ships for labor violations and illegal fishing over the course of a week in 2019. All but one of the vessels arrested were from China.
Brigadier General Douglas Lowrey, commander of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC), and six staff members, traveled to Colombia to engage in one of the most wide-sweeping key leader engagements for the USASAC team since the pandemic hit in early 2020.
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U.S. Air Force and Army medics arrived in Choluteca, Honduras, May 12, to assist the local hospital with urologic surgeries during Resolute Sentinel 21.
The United States 12th Air Force (Air Force Southern, or AFSOUTH) will be leading U.S. Southern Command’s upcoming exercise in Guatemala – this exercise will provide joint training and improve readiness of U.S. and Guatemalan civil engineers, medical professionals and support personnel in humanitarian assistance techniques from May until August 2021.
Costa Rican authorities obtained important results in their fight against crime by dismantling a gang engaged in narcotrafficking in the south of the country, on April 6, 2021. During the operation, authorities carried out 25 raids, including of a 25-hectare property.