“We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Colombian Minister of Defense Carlos Holmes Trujillo Garcia. On behalf of the men and women of U.S. Southern Command, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to his family. We join with the people of Colombia in mourning his tragic passing and honoring his many years of devoted service to his nation. Minister Trujillo was a dear friend and a highly respected leader. We will always be grateful for his many significant contributions to our firm and unwavering partnership with Colombia’s Military Forces. Our nation, our armed forces and our command will always remember him fondly, and his friends at U.S. Southern Command will miss him dearly."
– Adm. Craig S. Faller, Commander, U.S. Southern Command