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Aug. 13, 2020

Southcom Chief: Venezuela's Maduro at Center of 'Vicious Circle of Threats'

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro continues to serve as a threat to the democratic freedom in neighboring nations in South America, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said.

Aug. 13, 2020

SOUTHCOM Hosts New U.S. Space Force 'U.S.-Brazil Space Engagement Talks'

U.S. Southern Command hosted the newly established U.S. Space Force and Brazilian counterparts for virtual U.S.-Brazil Space Engagement Talks.  Not only is this the first senior space flag officer event between the U.S. and Brazil, but it is the first such event for the U.S. Space Force.  

Aug. 3, 2020

Task force US Marines land in Honduras

Approximately 20 U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command arrived to Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, July 31, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the deployment to the region until now, allowing for a forward deployed team to integrate with Joint Task Force – Bravo of U.S. Southern Command, or JTF-Bravo. “Marines are deploying to meet specific U.S. SOUTHCOM’s tasks outlined in the campaign plan order in the area of responsibility,” said Col. Vincent Dawson, the commanding officer of SPMAGTF-SC...

June 11, 2020

USS Preble Interdicts 2,000 Kilograms of Cocaine

The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team seized 100 bales of suspected cocaine worth over $40 million, June 2.

May 14, 2020

Disrupting Drug Traffickers - USS Tornado Completes Counter Drug Patrol

Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Tornado (PC 14) returned to Mayport, Florida, May 13, following a 68-day counter narcotics patrol in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. Tornado contributed to Joint Interagency Task Force South’s disruption of more than 35,000 kilograms of cocaine and almost 4,000 pounds of marijuana. This led to keeping an estimated wholesale price of 716 million dollars’ worth of drugs off U.S. streets.

April 24, 2020

Coast Guard, Panamanian authorities stop drug smuggling operation near Panama

The Coast Guard stopped a drug smuggling operation, April 13, in international waters northeast of Panama.

March 12, 2020

Right-Sizing, Not Reduction at Guantanamo, Southcom Commander Says

Since the Guantanamo Bay detention camp stood up in 2002, nearly 780 prisoners have been housed there. Today, the facility holds just 40 men, one who has been convicted and 39 others who are detainees, said Navy Adm. Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command. Now, there are plans to adjust operations at the facility to reflect this new reality.

March 8, 2020

Brazilian President Visits SOUTHCOM

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visited U.S. Southern Command today to meet with U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, as well as other command and Department of Defense leaders. The leaders discussed the growing defense-cooperation partnership between Brazil and the U.S.

March 6, 2020

Brazilian President to Visit U.S. Southern Command

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will take part in a historic visit to U.S. Southern Command March 7. Bolsonaro will meet with U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, as well as other command leaders to discuss the growing defense-cooperation partnership between Brazil and the United States. During the visit, the U.S. and Brazil will sign a bilateral Agreement on Research Development, Test, and Evaluation Projects.

Feb. 10, 2020

Central American, US firefighters grow competencies, partnerships

Like past years going back more than a decade, Joint Task Force-Bravo welcomed 25 Central American firefighters from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Honduras to be trained during a biannual iteration of CENTAM SMOKE – a firefighting exercise that runs five days at Soto Cano Air Base.

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