The United States, through the Department of Defense, donated an aircraft to the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Defense Feb. 16 to support the shared fight against illicit narcotics trafficking.
SOUTHCOM Commander Gen. Laura Richardson visited Uruguay Feb. 5 – 8 and met with senior government and defense leaders to discuss the bilateral defense partnership between the United States and Uruguay.
SOUTHCOM Commander Gen. Laura Richardson was part of a U.S. delegation that visited Ecuador Jan. 22-25 to showcase U.S. support for the country in the wake of a recent surge in violence.

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LAMAT begins in Suriname for second year of medical assistance
Robert Faucher, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname, provides remarks during an opening ceremony for the Lesser Antilles Medical Assistance Team in Paramaribo, Suriname, Feb. 19, 2024. This is the second iteration of the LAMAT mission to Suriname, where ready-medics will work alongside partner nation military and civilian health teams to achieve mutual benefits and build trust in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rachel Maxwell)
Feb. 20, 2024 - The Lesser Antilles Medical Assistance Team mission is underway for a second year of health engagements across four nations, beginning in Suriname, 19 Feb. Further medical assistance teams under the LAMAT 2024 mission will travel to St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Kitts and Nevis through March 29.

US Government Donates Aircraft to Dominican Republic to Combat Narcotics Trafficking
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (Feb. 16, 2024) – Photo of an aircraft the United States donated to the Dominican Republic to support the shared fight against illicit narcotics trafficking and bolster the country's humanitarian assistance & disaster response capabilities. (Photo courtesy U.S. Embassy Dominican Republic)
Feb. 20, 2024 - The United States Government, through the Department of Defense, donated an aircraft valued at more than US$8 million to the Ministry of Defense of the Dominican Republic, in support of the shared fight against illicit trafficking of narcotics by transnational criminal organizations and in support of the country's efforts to provide humanitarian assistance in cases of disasters.

South Carolina Guard Comes to Aid of Partner Colombia
The South Carolina National Guard helped its State Partnership Program partner, Colombia, respond to dozens of fires in the Bogota area in January 2024 by providing helicopter buckets used to drop water or retardant.
Feb. 14, 2024 - The South Carolina National Guard is assisting Colombia, its State Partnership Program partner, in dealing with dozens of wildfires. To help emergency responders battle as many as 30 active fires in and around Bogota in late January, the South Carolina National Guard loaned Colombia multiple helicopter buckets. 

Kentucky Guard Hosts Ecuadorian Military for Leader Engagement
Army Maj. Gen. Haldane Lamberton speaks to the senior leaders from the Kentucky National Guard and the Armed Forces of Ecuador in Frankfort, Ky., Jan. 30, 2024. Over four days, the Ecuadorians visited multiple locations in Frankfort, participated in briefings with Kentucky Emergency Management, toured the capitol, and met Gov. Andy Beshear.
Feb. 14, 2024 - Senior Kentucky National Guard leaders welcomed military personnel from the Armed Forces of Ecuador in a State Partnership Program exchange Jan. 30 - Feb. 1.

Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Change of Command
Official photo of Army Col. Steven Kane, commander of Joint Task Force-Guantanamo.
Feb. 13, 2024 - Army Col. Matthew Jemmott relinquished command of Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) to Army Col. Steven Kane, during a ceremony Feb. 7, 2024, at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

Strengthening the U.S.-Uruguay security partnership: Gen. Richardson meets with senior government, defense leaders in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (Feb. 6, 2024) – The commander of U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Army Gen. Laura Richardson, meets with Uruguayan Minister of Defense Javier García to discuss defense cooperation. Richardson visited Uruguay Feb. 5 – 8 and met with senior government and defense leaders to discuss the bilateral defense partnership between the United States and Uruguay. (Photo courtesy U.S. Embassy Uruguay)
Feb. 9, 2024 - The commander of U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Army Gen. Laura Richardson, visited Uruguay Feb. 5-8, 2024, and met with senior government and defense leaders to discuss the bilateral defense partnership between the United States and Uruguay.

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