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The commander of U.S. Southern Command testified Feb. 15 before the Senate Armed Services Committee as part of the command’s annual Posture Statement to Congress.
The Coast Guard Cutter James crew offloaded $190 million worth of cocaine in Port Everglades, Florida, Feb. 13, that was seized during multiple at-sea interdictions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
A Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton boarding team interdicts a go fast vessel in international waters near Central America Feb. 4, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard video). About 1,800 pounds of cocaine was seized.
Adm, Kurt W. Tidd visited Colombia Feb 9 - 10 to discuss security cooperation with the nation's top leaders and get a firsthand look at Colombia's peace-building and security efforts.

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Southcom Commander: Modest Investments Needed to Build Security Network
By Jim Garamone | Feb. 16, 2018
U.S. Southern Command has focused on building a “regional security network of principled, inclusive partnerships,” Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, Southcom’s commander, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Major Oscar Palomino, Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs Regional Affairs, listens as Maj. Sergio Trejo, Caribbean Section Chief, speaks during a breakout session at the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Air Force Section Chief Theater Security Cooperation workshop, Tucson, Ariz., Feb 5, 2018. The workshop was held from Feb 5-9, and had more than 115 participants to include 17 Air Force Section Chiefs, 19 State National Guard State Partnership representatives, officials from U.S. Southern Command, Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs and 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern). (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)
AFSOUTH Air Force Section Chief TSC Workshop
By Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz | Feb. 12, 2018
The workshop brought key personnel together to discuss strategy and to plan fiscal years 2019-2021 events in 12th Air Force’s (Air Forces Southern) Area of Responsibility. Seventeen Air Force Section Chiefs, fourteen National Guard Bureau State Partner Program representatives, as well as, air advisors from the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, officials from U.S. Southern Command and Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs joined members of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) for the workshop.

BOGOTA, Colombia (Feb. 9, 2018) – U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, speaks with Colombian Minister of Defense Luis Villegas during a bilateral security meeting in Bogota. Tidd is in Colombia to meet with the nation’s top leaders to discuss continued security cooperation and get a firsthand look at Colombia’s peace-building and security efforts.  (Photo by Fernando Soto, U.S. Embassy Colombia)
Adm. Tidd visits Colombia, discusses security cooperation with leaders
By U.S. Southern Command | Feb. 12, 2018
Navy Adm, Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, visited Colombia Feb 8 - 9 to discuss security cooperation with the nation's top leaders and get a firsthand look at Colombia's peace-building and security efforts.

Officials from the U.S. Southern Command pose for a group photo at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 6, 2018. Meteorology and oceanography specialists from various sections of the Department of Defense gathered for a 2-day-long USSOUTHCOM-sponsored conference that allowed them to discuss lessons learned from 2017 and ways to better communicate with one another in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore)
USSOUTHCOM officials conduct annual METOC conference
By Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore | Feb. 10, 2018
Officials from the U.S. Southern Command held their annual SOUTHCOM Meteorological and Oceanographic conference here, Feb. 6. The 2-day-long gathering brought meteorology and oceanography specialists together from various sections of the Department of Defense to discuss operations, lessons learned from 2017, and ways to move forward in the future.

Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, hosts a one-day opioid summit at Southcom headquarters in Miami, Feb. 8, 2018. Participants included U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other agency officials and experts in public health and law enforcement. Southern Command photo
Opioids Present Unprecedented Threat, Attorney General Tells Southcom Summit
By Lisa Ferdinando | Feb. 9, 2018
The nation is facing an unprecedented threat from opioids, with tens of thousands of people dying each year in the United States in overdoses involving the substance, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in Miami at U.S. Southern Command.

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