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Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 12:45 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The United States Military Liaison Office, through the Embassy of the United States in Belize, today donated ten 2020 Ford 250 trucks to the Ministry of National Security.

Eight of the trucks were assigned to the Belize Defense Force and two to the Belize Coast Guard.

The trucks were handed over by Senior Defence Official at the U.S. Embassy in Belize, Lt. Col. Ryan Jones.

The US $793,213 donation comes complete with a two-year supply of spares and accessories.

The contribution was made through the U.S. Foreign Military Financing Program which is a funding source provided to U.S. partner nations.

Commenting on the donation, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Belize, a.i. Keith Gilges said, “Now, more than ever, it is crucial that the U.S. Government works closely with our partners in the Government of Belize to confront the unprecedented threat of COVID-19.”

BDF Commander, Brigadier General Steven Ortega, and Commandant of the BCG, Captain Elton Bennett, expressed their sincere gratitude for the timely donation.

The vehicles will primarily be used in border control efforts, however, they will be deployed in immediate assistance to the security efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in Belize.

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