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The Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned to Oregon Wednesday from a counterdrug patrol in the Eastern Pacific. The deployment resulted in the seizure of more than 12,000 pounds of cocaine.
Annual military exercise consisting of a skills competition between military and police Special Ops teams in Panama July 16 - 26. About 700 security forces personnel from 19 countries and the U.S. are taking part.
This article in the latest Joint Force Quarterly and authored by three SOUTHCOM experts, proposes a Transregional Capstone Exercise to address shortfalls in Joint Force training against potential challenges from Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and others.
USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) with Destroyer Squadron Four Zero (DESRON 40) has deployed to the waters surrounding Latin America and the Caribbean to conduct Southern Seas 2018.
From March - August 2018, U.S. military personnel are deployed to El Salvador and Panama to conduct humanitarian civic assistance exercises as part of the Beyond the Horizon & New Horizons exercise programs.

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Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of the US Southern Command, presided over the Joint Task Force-Bravo change of command ceremony at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras where Col. Keith McKinley relinquished command to to Col. Kevin Russell July 17, 2018. During the ceremony, Admiral Tidd highlighted some of Col. McKinley’s most important accomplishments and the significance of JTF-Bravo in the region, while also welcoming Col. Russell to the SOUTHCOM family.
JTF-Bravo continues legacy, new leader assumes command
By Maria Pinel | July 19, 2018
U.S. Army Colonel Kevin Russell, a Hampton University graduate, Combat Engineer and Special Forces Officer, assumed command of Joint Task Force-Bravo during a change of command ceremony at Soto Cano Air Base, July 17, 2018.

Airmen from the Colombian Air Force and U.S. Air Force pose for a group photo in front of a Colombian Air Force 767 Multi-Mission Tanker Transport Jupiter aircraft, a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, a Colombian Air Force Kfir fighter jet and an U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II on the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 13, 2018. Six Colombian Kfirs from the Combat Squadron No. 111, arrived to train with the 162nd Wing’s F-16s and the 354th Fighter Squadron’s A-10 Thunderbolt IIs in preparation for Red Flag 18-3.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)
Colombian Kfirs fighters train with the A-10, F-16
By Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz | July 17, 2018
Six Colombian Air Force Kfir fighter jets on their way to Red Flag 18-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, stopped at Davis-Monthan AFB from July 5-16, to train with A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and F-16 Fighting Falcons. “This week is very important here at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base because our pilots and aircrew can train alongside members of the United States Air Force, which allows a better training environment for all,” said Colombian Air Force Brig. Gen. Pablo Garcia, Aerial Combat Command 1 commander.

An element of the Panama Police force marches during the Fuerzas Comando opening ceremony, July 16, 2018, at the Instituto Superior Policial, Panama. Fuerzas Comando is an annual multinational special operations forces skills competition sponsored by U.S. Southern Command and hosted this year by the Ministry of Public Security, Panama. Through friendly competition, this exercise promotes interoperability, military-to-military relationships, increases training knowledge, and improves regional security. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ragin/Released)
Fuerzas Comando 2018 Officially Kicks Off in Panama
By Army Staff Sgt. Brian Ragin, Special Operations Command South | July 17, 2018
Despite the cloudy skies, spirits were high for approximately 100 anxious competitors. Hosted by the Ministry of Public Security, Panama this year, Fuerzas Comando, a multinational special operations competition sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and executed by Special Operations Command South kicked off its 14th iteration of the event July 17, 2018, with an opening ceremony.

U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), escorts Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque at the command’s headquarters in Doral, Fla., July 14. Duque met with the Admiral and other SOUTHCOM leaders to learn more about the U.S. military command and its defense partnership with Colombia, as he prepares to assume the presidency of his country Aug. 7. His visit reflects the longstanding cooperative ties between the United States and Colombia, and highlights the strong defense partnership between the two countries’ armed forces. SOUTHCOM expressed its desire to continue its successful partnership with the Colombian armed forces and collaboration towards increasing security and stability in the region. (SOUTHCOM photo)
Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque visits U.S. Southern Command
By U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs | July 14, 2018
MIAMI (July 14, 2018) -- Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque visited U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) headquarters today, where he met with Adm. Kurt Tidd, SOUTHCOM commander and other leaders from the headquarters to learn more about the command and its defense partnership with Colombia. Duque visited the headquarters as he prepares to assume the presidency of Colombia Aug. 7.

U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), escorts Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque at the command’s headquarters in Doral, Fla., July 14. Duque met with the Admiral and other SOUTHCOM leaders to learn more about the U.S. military command and its defense partnership with Colombia, as he prepares to assume the presidency of his country Aug. 7. His visit reflects the longstanding cooperative ties between the United States and Colombia, and highlights the strong defense partnership between the two countries’ armed forces. SOUTHCOM expressed its desire to continue its successful partnership with the Colombian armed forces and collaboration towards increasing security and stability in the region. (SOUTHCOM photo)
Declaración Sobre La Visita Del Presidente Electo De Colombia Ivan Duque Al Comando Sur De Los Ee.Uu.
By U.S. Southern Command Public Affiars | July 14, 2018
El Presidente electo de Colombia Ivan Duque visitó la sede del Comando Sur de los Estados Unidos (SOUTHCOM) hoy, donde se reunió con el Almirante Kurt Tidd, comandante de SOUTHCOM y con otros líderes del comando militar para conocer más sobre la institución y sus lazos de defensa con Colombia. Duque visitó la sede como parte de su preparación para asumir la presidencia de Colombia el próximo 7 de agosto.

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Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd is the 23rd commander of SOUTHCOM. He assumed command Jan. 14, 2016.

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