Posted: Monday, June 3, 2019. 6:52 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Twenty soldiers of the Belize Defence Force Volunteer Element departed the country on Thursday, May 30th to participate in military exercises at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk Louisiana, U.S.A., along with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Louisiana National Guard.
According to a release from the Ministry of National Security, the main purpose of the training exercise is to validate Combat Teams readiness for deployment and the soldiers will exercise in Wide Area Security, Combat Arm Maneuver and in Conduct of Offensive, Defensive and Stability Operations.
The release notes that the soldiers will be working alongside US Special Forces for the first half of the training and thereafter they will take up the role as Opposing Forces.
Captain René Cavanas is leading the Belize Contingent and the Joint Exercise is an initiative of the State Partnership program between the Belize Armed Forces and the Louisiana National Guard.
The soldiers will return on June 23rd.
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