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BRIGADIER MARK PHILLIPS RECEIVES COURTESY CALL FROM US AMBASSADOR

Chief- of-Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips on Tuesday April 29, 2014 received United States Ambassador to Guyana, His Excellency Brent Hardt at his office, during a courtesy call.

The reception team, which also comprised Colonel Administration and Quartering Captain (Coast Guard) John Flores and Staff Officer 1 One General 3, Lieutenant Colonel Cargill Kyte and Lieutenant Colonel Nazrul Hussain, held a series of discussions with Ambassador Hardt and US Military Liaison Officer, Lieutenant Commander Robert Novotny.

The discussions saw an expression of sentiments in the strengthening of security co-operation and partnership between the GDF and the US Military. In the area of capacity building, the US’s support in the recently concluded Metal Shark training, Special Forces Training and the assistance facilitated through the International Military Education Training Programme (IMET) were also noted.

There was a proposal for more training opportunities for GDF personnel at the operational and tactical levels for the Coast Guard and Land Forces.

Also noted were the successes of the State Partnership Programme between the GDF and the Florida National Guard. This partnership has seen GDF ranks being trained in Disaster Management by the US in Miami and Guyana, as well as Cadets from the FNG engaging in their Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Programme (CULP) “Destination Guyana” in 2013. This was deemed a highly successful model programme and another batch of cadets is scheduled to return to Guyana, this year.

The US Military has indicated an interest to undergo jungle training in Guyana. Brigadier Mark Phillips has informed that the training facilities at the Jungle and Amphibious Training School (JATS) at Makouria are available.

The United States Military and the Guyana Defence Force continues to enjoy decades of security co-operation which have been beneficial to both sides.