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The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute pose in front of interdicted drugs, Jan. 29, 2024, in St. Petersburg, FL. Drug interdiction is one of the 11 statutory missions of the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Strasburg)
Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returns home, offloads approximately $55M worth of drugs in Tampa Bay
By U.S. Coast Guard | Jan. 30, 2024
Coast Guard Cutter Resolute (WMEC 620) and crew returned from a 60-day counterdrug patrol and offloaded approximately $55 million worth of illicit narcotics, Monday, in St. Petersburg.

Multinational planners in Barbados to lay groundwork for Caribbean-focused Tradewinds 2024 military exercise
By Staff Sgt. ShaTyra Reed-Cox, Army South | Jan. 30, 2024
The main planning conference (MPC) for Tradewinds 24 (TW24) has begun in Bridgetown, Barbados, marking the continuation of detailed preparations for one of the largest multinational military exercises in the Caribbean.

QUITO, Ecuador (Jan. 22, 2024) -- The commander of U.S. Southern Command, Army Gen. Laura Richardson, shakes hands with Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa. Richardson was part of a U.S. delegation, led by Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas Christopher Dodd (left), that met with Noboa and his cabinet to coordinate and agree on effective security cooperation strategies in the wake of a recent surge in violence in Ecuador. (Photo courtesy Presidencia de la República del Ecuador)
Gen. Richardson meets with leaders in Ecuador as part of U.S. delegation
By SOUTHCOM Public Affairs | Jan. 26, 2024
U.S. Army Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), visited Ecuador Jan. 22-25 as part of a U.S. delegation, led by Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas Christopher Dodd, that included meetings with President Daniel Noboa and other senior Ecuadorian leaders.

A crew member from Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell offloads illicit narcotics at Coast Guard Base Miami, Jan. 9, 2024. The offload is a result of two suspected drug smuggling interdictions in the international waters of the Caribbean Sea. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Sherbs)
Coast Guard offloads more than $32 million in illegal narcotics
By Coast Guard Seventh District | Jan. 10, 2024
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell offloaded more than 2,450 pounds of cocaine with an assessed street value of approximately $32.2 million in Miami, Tuesday.

U.S. Army Sgt. Angel Partidas, Staff Sgt. Raymond Colon and Sgt. Darwin Guevara, paratroopers with 1st Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, celebrate their graduation from Lancero School in Tolemaida, Colombia, Nov. 29, 2023. The three became the first Soldiers who weren’t from the special operations community to complete the Colombian Army’s Lancero school. (Courtesy Photo)
“Sky Soldiers” achieve historic first at Colombia's Lancero school
By Maj. Joe Legros, 173rd Airborne Brigade | Dec. 18, 2023
In a historic achievement, three U.S. Army paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade became the first non-special operations Soldiers to successfully complete Colombia's prestigious Lancero school.
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