The United States and Colombia will carry out a combined exercise to strengthen the fight against drug trafficking
Aircraft and naval vessels from the U.S. and Colombia will carry out a combined training exercise to strengthen our partnership, interoperability and combat drug trafficking in the region
Thanks to the professionalism and trajectory that the Colombian Air Force has consolidated at the international level, a new combined training exercise will be carried out, in which aircraft of the United States Air Force (USAF), United States Navy vessels ( US NAVY) and aircraft of the Colombian Air Force (FAC), in order to strengthen procedures and standards in the detection, location and neutralization of illicit activities at the service of the transnational crime of drug trafficking.
Gracias al profesionalismo y trayectoria que la Fuerza Aérea Colombiana ha consolidado a nivel internacional, se realizará un nuevo ejercicio combinado de entrenamiento, en donde participarán aeronaves de la Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos (USAF), embarcaciones de la Armada de los Estados...
The strength of a partnership: U.S. Air Force members assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, prepare for egress drills with members of the 8th Ukraine Special Forces Regiment during exercise Fiction Urchin near Vinnytsia, Ukraine, Sept. 17, 2020. The 352nd SOW deployed to the Ukraine to demonstrate commitment to the Black Sea region, support the Ukraine SOF capability and increase recruitment efforts through various engagements with Ukraine SOF units.
CARIBBEAN SEA (September 18, 2020) – Colombian Air Force KFIR fighter jets fly over the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) during a joint exercise with Colombian Air Force and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) while conducting partner nation interoperability training Sept. 18, 2020. William P. Lawrence is deployed to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission, which includes counter illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria G. Llanos/Released)
U.S., Colombian Army Bilateral Staff Talks essential to interoperability, stability in Western Hemisphere
Nine months ago Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Walrath, U.S. Army South commanding general, was in Colombia standing shoulder-to-shoulder next to Gen. Eduardo E. Zapateiro, Colombian National Army commanding general, at the conclusion of a foreign airborne jump wing exchange between paratroopers of both nations.
On Sept. 18, the two generals were only able to greet each other virtually at the conclusion of the 11th U.S. – Colombia Bilateral Army Staff Talks. The goal during the staff talks was to develop a bilateral engagement plan with the Colombian Army, which continues to strengthen their relationship with the U.S. Army.
Despite the event being held virtually, Walrath expressed it was a success for both armies.
“It has been a historic event despite the difficulty of having to plan in a virtual setting due to COVID, but I’m still extremely pleased with the results obtained and being able to map out a five-year plan for our army-to-army partnership,” Walrath said.
Since 2009, the staff talks have been instrumental in enhancing the interoperability and cooperation between the two armies, which have contributed to increased stability in the region.
“Thank you for the U.S. Army’s sincere friendship and dedication,” Zapateiro said praising the significance of the event. “I am sure that we will accomplish everything that we’ve shared through these bilateral talks.”
Zapateiro highlighted the capabilities of the Colombian Army’s soldiers would be greatly enhanced as they would be able to conduct training, synergy and interoperability with their American counterparts, which will allow his army to better face transnational threats.
The week-long engagement enhanced U.S. Army staff elements to provide the Colombian Army with insights concerning specific U.S. Army programs, areas of mutual interest and areas of modernization or reform.
Walrath mentioned both armies made good progress towards interoperability to operate together against mutual threats.
“I thank you (General Zapateiro) and your staff for the hard work and making these results possible,” Walrath said. “Our armies have achieved many significant milestones in the past six months that were the result of previous staff talks. So I’m confident that the result of these staff talks will produce additional milestones and successful results in the future.”
Combined Resolve XIV. Ukrainian special forces team infiltrate a rebel camp and assassinate insurgent's commanding officer. Yep, the mission briefings are taken straight from Call of Duty series or is it the other way around ?
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