Colombian, US Troops Conduct Week-Long Joint, Humanitarian Assistance Training

US military forces have deployed to Colombia for a week of humanitarian assistance training that is being billed as a step towards establishing a Combined Task Force (CTF) in the region. Between 30 September and 5 October, members of a US Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) are at Base de Entrenamiento de...

US military forces have deployed to Colombia for a week of humanitarian assistance training that is being billed as a step towards establishing a Combined Task Force (CTF) in the region.

Between 30 September and 5 October, members of a US Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) are at Base de Entrenamiento de Infantería de Marina in Coveñas, Colombia, for humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) rehearsals and "subject matter expert exchanges", the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) recently announced.

US Marines participate in the 21 June SPMAGTF-SC opening ceremony at Soto Cano Air Base outside of Comayagua, Honduras. Members of the task force are now in Colombia for a week of humanitarian assistance training. (Jane’s/Ashley Roque)
US Marines participate in the 21 June SPMAGTF-SC opening ceremony at Soto Cano Air Base outside of Comayagua, Honduras. Members of the task force are now in Colombia for a week of humanitarian assistance training. (Jane's/Ashley Roque)

"The evolution is designed to train each navy and marine corps to conduct civil and joint operations through the execution of humanitarian assistance, communications, and air operations in order to increase interoperability and capability between participating civil, naval and marine forces," USSOUTHCOM wrote in a 25 September announcement.

Source: www.janes.com