As the final salute echoed through the air, the closing ceremony of Southern Vanguard 24 signified a note of triumph and unity. After almost three weeks of training, the U.S. and Brazilian armies stood together one final time in Oiapoque, Brazil, November 16.
The ceremony not only celebrated the successful completion of the exercise but also highlighted the bonds forged between allied forces.
“While today marks the official end of this exercise, we will continue to look toward future training opportunities and engagements,” Major General William Thigpen, U.S. Army South commanding general, declared while reinforcing the continuation of partnership between the two countries.
Flags from Brazil and the United States billowed in the wind alongside the CORE 23 flag, a visual representation of the collaborative spirit that permeated every facet of Southern Vanguard 24.
“Southern Vanguard continues to be a remarkable example of enduring partnerships that are built on trust and shared commitment to provide a safe and secure Western Hemisphere,” Maj. Gen. Thigpen affirmed.
Brazilian Army General Luciano Guilherme, Northern Military Command (CMN) commander, took the stage to share his thoughts on the significance of Southern Vanguard 24. He emphasized the importance of such joint exercises in enhancing interoperability among allied forces, ultimately contributing to security and stability in the region.
“It was a successful military exercise with gains in knowledge and consistent operational results,” Gen. Guilherme said. “Everything was executed with accuracy and security, proving the professional value of each soldier.”
Gen. Guilherme also acknowledged the challenges faced and overcome during the exercise, highlighting the valuable lessons learned and the opportunities for continuous improvement in future joint operations.
Southern Vanguard 24 not only strengthened military capabilities but also fostered international camaraderie, leaving an indelible mark on the participants and reinforced the notion that together, nations stand stronger in the pursuit of peace and security.
“As the commander of U.S. Army South over the past two years, I have witnessed the strengthening of our bonds as we work together countering threats and improving interoperability when we come together for combined exercises,” Maj. Gen. Thigpen said. “Southern Vanguard 24 affirms that working together is our greatest advantage when it comes to long-term competition with adversaries that seek to undermine our shared values and security.”