Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2022. 8:10 am CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Tradewinds 2022, a joint military training exercise with 22 participating countries being held in Belize and Mexico over the past two weeks came to an official end today with a ceremony in Ladyville.
The exercise, which was sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), saw the participation of more than 1,800 people, 644 from the United States and 1,158 from Belize and other partner nations. The United States Embassy in Belmopan noted today that Tradewinds 2022 marked the first time that two partner nations – Belize and Mexico – co-hosted the annual Tradewinds exercise alongside the United States.
U.S. Embassy Belmopan Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones stated, “We value the strong relationships forged during Tradewinds. The interaction and collaboration during this exercise involving 22 nations will help save the lives of our friends and neighbors in the event of actual emergencies. This critical exchange of knowledge and expertise is key to maintaining regional security and prosperity.”
Collaboration was the major theme of Tradewinds 2022, as partner nations sought to improve their capability to plan and execute multinational operations to address multinational crime as well as address humanitarian crises such as natural disasters. The embassy also noted that the exercise focused on topics including human rights awareness, marksmanship, jungle warfare, military support to law enforcement, cyber security, riverine training, maritime and dive skills.
Participating countries included Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, France, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, the Netherlands, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, and the United States. Multiple U.S. military organizations supported Tradewinds, including SOUTHCOM, U.S Northern Command, U.S. Marine Corps Forces South, Marine Forces Reserve, U.S. Coast Guard, and National Guard units from Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia.
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