More than a hundred U.S. military personnel, including 75 paratroopers, will conduct an air exercise to recover an airfield in Colombia with their Colombian counterparts on January 29th, the U.S. Southern Command (Southcom) reported Monday.
“This airborne exercise demonstrates the interoperability, lethality and professionalism of our armies,” said Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, who met last week in Colombia with President Ivan Duque, in a statement.
The Southern Command, responsible for the U.S. Armed Forces in Latin America and the Caribbean, said that some 75 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and 40 members of the U.S. Army in the south of the country will participate in the exercise.
The officers will arrive in Colombia next Thursday, January 23, to participate in the so-called Airborne Assault.
“We are honored to train with Colombia, a close friend of the United States and a global partner of NATO,” Faller said.
During the airborne exercise, U.S. and Colombian paratroopers will conduct an “airborne training insert” from a Hercules C-130 aircraft, followed by tactical exercises designed to simulate airfield security.
“Expert personnel from the United States and Colombia will practice working together to build interoperability and share strategic and tactical expertise,” Southcom said in a statement.
The command routinely conducts exercises in Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen partnerships, develop preparedness and increase joint operations, Faller said.
Faller visited Colombia January 12-15 to “discuss regional security efforts and the U.S.-Colombia Defense Partnership”.