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Feb. 7, 2020

U.S. Army South Prepares for Exercise with Brazil

In preparation for this year's PANAMAX multinational exercise and upcoming combined training at JRTC and in São Paulo, Brazil, U.S. Army South hosted Brazilian army Maj. Gen. Marcos De Sá Affonso Da Costa, Brazilian Director for training, Maj. Gen. Josias Pedrotti Da Rosa, Brazilian army attache to the United States, and their delegation at Army South headquarters, Joint Base San Antonio- Fort Sam Houston, Feb. 4.

Feb. 7, 2020

USS Little Rock Departs on Maiden Deployment

Beginning its maiden deployment, USS Little Rock (LCS 9) departed its Mayport, Florida, homeport Feb. 6 for the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility, where the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship will operate.

Feb. 6, 2020

Coast Guard, UK Royal Navy, U.S. Law Enforcement Seize Cocaine in the Caribbean Sea

The Coast Guard, United Kingdom Royal Navy and U.S. law enforcement partners seized 1,400 kilograms (3,086) pounds of cocaine and detained nine suspected smugglers following the interdiction of two separate drug smuggling events in the Caribbean Sea Jan. 24 and Jan. 30, 2020. The seized drug shipments are estimated to have a wholesale value of more than $46.2 million.

Feb. 4, 2020

Colombian Minister of Defense Visits SOUTHCOM

Colombia's Minister of Defense, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, visited U.S. Southern Command Feb. 4 to meet with SOUTHCOM commander, U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, and command leadership to discuss security cooperation.

Feb. 4, 2020

USS Detroit Returns for Maiden Mid-Deployment Scheduled Maintenance

In order to swap out crews, USS Detroit (LCS 7) with embarked Gold crew, returned to her Mayport, Florida homeport Feb. 2. The scheduled, pierside pause comes in the midst of the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship’s maiden deployment. While inport, the Gold crew will rotate off following turnover with the Blue crew. The visit will also include a short maintenance period.

Jan. 31, 2020

Military Leaders Brief Lawmakers on Budget Needs

The commanders of U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Southern Command shared the challenges their commands face with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Jan. 16, 2020

Sea Control Beyond the Strike Group: USS Detroit and USS Gridley Exercise Together

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) completed division tactics (DIVTACS) and gunnery exercises while operating in the U.S. Southern Command’s area of responsibility, Jan. 4.

Jan. 16, 2020

In Colombia, Faller Meets with President Duque, Defense Leadership

U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) commander, Navy Adm. Craig S. Faller, visited Colombia Jan. 12 - 15 to meet with Colombian leaders to discuss regional security efforts and the U.S.-Colombia defense partnership.

Jan. 15, 2020

JTF-Bravo Relevant, Regional Presence: Command Team Interview

Col. Steven Barry, Joint Task Force-Bravo commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Alexander Aguilastratt, JTF-Bravo senior enlisted leader, sat down to discuss the state of the task force and several key areas of interest Jan. 10. The following is an abridged transcript of their interview.

Jan. 6, 2020

Global Health Engagement Strengthens Partnerships

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar describes the work of the international crew of the USNS Comfort as “near miraculous.” He was aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship during its deployment to South America earlier this year and saw firsthand the impact of forward deployed health and humanitarian assistance missions.

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