USA and Colombia conduct joint military training

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

On the 26th of January, 2020, US and Colombian paratroopers participated in a joint airborne military exercise in order to strengthen the joint fight against transnational threats.


The joint military operation involved 270 soldiers from Colombia and 75 US paratroopers belonging to the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg (North Carolina) and 40 members of the South Army of the United Stated, according to General Eduardo Zapateiro, commander of the Colombian Army, who was also part of the exercises.


The exercise helps build interoperability and tactical expertise.


General Zapateiro said:


“What we want is to standardize the process of planning, execution at all levels: strategic, operational and tactical. This will favor interoperability with friendly armies”

Watch this video to get better insight of the airborne excercise:

https://twitter.com/ArmyChiefStaff/status/1222859001739694080?s=08


Also, General Luis Fernando Navarro, Commander of the Colombian Military Forces, explained that there is a fundamental aspect in this type of cooperation: being interoperable. This means that Colombian forces have the ability to support or be supported in a military operation by US forces.


Opinion


This airborne exercise carried out jointly by the USA and Colombia


According to experts, this is the most important military exercise ever carried out by Colombia and reflect the high level of cooperation, professionalism and interoperability of the two nations.


In addition, this exercise occurs at a time where the Colombo-Venezuelan border goes through a critical moment since everyday occurs murders, forced labor, child recruitment and rape. Both governements know well that these type of partnerships are the best way to defeat the criminal bands that operate behind the border's attacks.

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