The Salvadoran Military has improved its capabilities for conducting overseas peacekeeping missions by building a modern training complex at the Peacekeeping Operations Center. The facility was funded with a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). The GPOI, which is sponsored by SOUTHCOM, is an assistance program designed to improve international capacity to effectively carry out the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. Peacekeeping missions His words inspired confidence and encouragement among the FAES, whose Soldiers are patrolling streets and neighborhoods throughout the country to fight gangs and improve security. “The Southern Command has always provided us with resources and personnel to strengthen capacities in different areas,” stated Major General Félix Núñez, Chairman of the FAES’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. “At this time, the continuity of that support will protect our forces as they continue to support the safety of the population.” The leader of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) has reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to continue working “shoulder to shoulder” with the Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) in the fight against the violence generated by gangs and narco-trafficking. Many of these training programs were conducted by SOUTHCOM at the Regional Training Center Against Transnational Organized Crime (CRACCT) – a space designed specifically to share the most successful strategies against drug trafficking, money laundering, gang activity, and other criminal actions. “Admiral Tidd expressed his intention to further strengthen the capabilities of CRACCT, where we are training our units to combat criminal organizations formed by gangs,” Maj. Gen. Núñez explained. The FAES also thanked Adm. Tidd for the arrival of the hospital ship USNS Comfort in April 2015 at the Port of Alajuela. Medical specialists from various branches of the U.S. Military descended from the ship for two weeks to conduct an extensive and long-awaited medical campaign, providing consultations to 12,000 Salvadorans and performing 100 surgeries. Admiral Tidd honors Salvadoran Troops “We thank SOUTHCOM for their unconditional support in equipping and training contingents each year to join peace operations, increasing our professionalism and increasing our capacity to continue this effort to maintain global security,” Maj. Gen. Núñez added. Currently, the FAES supports missions with three peacekeeping contingents: the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali. The FAES is collectively represented in these operations by more than 175 Military members, including officers, non-commissioned officers, Troops, and administrative staff. “We will work together and share the best practices and information to tackle problems together, because no country in North America or South America has the ability to work on their own,” Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, SOUTHCOM’s commander, said during a visit to El Salvador on February 25th. “We all have to work together.” Salvadoran Troops are working diligently to reduce violence. From January 1st to March 13th, more than 1,680 Salvadorans – an average of 23 a day – were killed in violent acts. To deal with this challenge, the FAES is providing rigorous training to experienced Soldiers to prepare them to confront the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18) gangs, as well as other gang factions. By Dialogo April 01, 2016 During his visit, Adm. Tidd paid tribute to Salvadoran Soldiers killed in peacekeeping and cooperation missions throughout the world, highlighting their professionalism and willingness to join international forces to safeguard peace. “From its participation in peacekeeping missions in Haiti and Mali, to coalition operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, El Salvador has worked alongside its international partners in support of peace and security, sometimes even at the expense of losing the lives of their young and valuable Soldiers to protect defenseless citizens in lands thousands of [kilometers] away,” Adm. Tidd said at the Monument to the Fallen in Combat, which is in the heart of the FAES Doctrine and Military Education Command. This countryâ€™s armed forces are very excellent and great
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Bob Terhune for Capital Lakefair Military LiaisonThe 50-foot-long, 62-year-old, antique wooden boat “OLD MAN IV”, which serves as a ceremonial platform for the U. S. Navy, will arrive at the City of Olympia’s Percival Landing on Thursday, July 18 between 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. where it will be greeted by the Capital Lakefair Queen, Princesses and Capital Lakefair members who are known as Capitalarians.The Command Cutter, which is powered by twin diesel engines, will be open for public visitors on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 19, 20 and 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A vintage Admiral’s Barge, OLD MAN IV was built in 1957 by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton the same year, 1957, that Capital Lakefair was begun in Olympia. Back then this area was known as the 13th Naval District.Today it is Navy Region Northwest, commanded by Rear Admiral Christopher S. “Scotty” Gray, who took charge on June 20, 2018, just over a year ago.The Boat Crew for this year’s visit consists of: Chief Quartermaster (Surface Warfare) William Kearns, Boat Officer, Boatswain’s Mate First Class (Surface Warfare) Shavar Hillery, Boat Coxswain and Engineman Second Class (Surface Warfare) Branden Caligiuri, Boat Engineer.During Lakefair week the members of the Navy Boat Crew will represent the Navy and Navy Region Northwest in several Lakefair events, including Thursday evening’s Royalty Program and Saturday’s 5:00 p.m. Capital Lakefair Grand Parade.For more information, visit the Lakefair website.