Gen. Kelly Meets with Leaders in Belize
By Dialogo September 11, 2013
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, visited Belize during the first week of September.
The two-day visit included meetings with senior Belizean and U.S. Embassy officials, as well as visits to security installations around the country.
Kelly visited Price Barracks on September 4, and met with Brig. Gen. David Jones, Commander of the Belize Defence Force, to discuss security challenges, bilateral military cooperation, and U.S. security assistance.
While there, the general toured the Belize Defence Force’s Joint Operations Center that will help Belize coordinate law enforcement, coast guard and defense forces supporting counternarcotics operations. Kelly also visited the Forward Operating Station in San Pedro, where he discussed maritime security cooperation with Rear Adm. John Borland, Commander of the Belize Coast Guard.
On September 5, the Kelly met with senior civilian leaders at the Ministry of National Security to talk about the defense partnership, security engagement and joint activities between the U.S. and Belize.
The U.S. and Belize enjoy a long history of active military cooperation which includes bilateral training, exchanges, seminars, exercises and operations aimed at addressing shared security challenges.