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May 18, 2020

IAAFA Adapts during COVID-19, Continues International Professional Military Education via Distance Learning

In March 2020, when the nation started shelter-in-place orders due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic, the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, which forges international friendship and security cooperations through education and training, coordinated for all of their international students to return to their home countries. Despite relocations, IAAFA got back up and running with distance learning courses facilitated by videoconferencing software and because of that IAAFA’s Alpha Class of 2020 graduated May 15, 2020 via a virtual graduation ceremony.

April 24, 2020

Bringing Them Home

Approximately 90 U.S. citizens who were previously unable to return home from South America, were transported to Duke Field, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

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.

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

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.

Sept. 25, 2019

Marine Task Force Joins Colombia in Humanitarian Assistance Training

Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command and the Infantería de Marina de Colombia will kick off a week of Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) rehearsals and Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEEs), in Coveñas, Colombia, September 30.

Sept. 5, 2019

Colombians Assist in Second Cycle of AJSOF NCO Course

The Colombian Advance Joint Special Operations Forces Noncommissioned Officer Course kicked off its second iteration after an opening ceremony held in Canto Norte, Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 26, 2019.

Sept. 3, 2019

NMCB 1 Completes School for Indigenous Colombian Tribe

Seabees, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) ONE, along with their Colombian army counterparts, completed construction of a new school for the indigenous Wayuu people in the rural community of Riohacha, Colombia, August 29, as part of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2019.

Aug. 29, 2019

Comfort Staff Exchanges Medical Strategies with Colombian Counterparts

Medical staff assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) met with Colombian military and civilian medical personnel to collaborate during subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) at Battalion Cordoba military base, Aug. 20, and University Hospital Julio Méndez Barreneche, Aug. 26.

Aug. 28, 2019

HHS Attends Comfort Closing Ceremony in Colombia

The U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar attended a closing ceremony at the International Marina, which marked the conclusion of the hospital ship USNS Comfort’s (T-AH 20) fifth medical mission in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, Aug. 25.

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