Exercise Tradewinds Concludes, Partnerships Fostered Jermine Abel Story Updated: June 10 th 2015 at 2:37 pm
After a week of crime counter-measures, disaster response simulation exercises and capacity building activities, the first phase of the 2015 Exercise Tradewinds concluded in the Federation yesterday (June 10). The closing ceremony was held at the Kim Collins Stadium and saw an impressive march past followed by the presentation of plaques to participants from the various countries. The training activities held from the 31st May to 9th June is seen as testament to the improved cooperation among the security forces and disaster preparedness personnel throughout the region, according to Attorney General the Hon. Vincent Byron Jr, speaking at the event. He pointed out that the commitment from participating countries is underscored by the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, where governments of the region are working to improve the security of citizens in member states. “Today is a day of reflecting on what you have accomplished. A day on which you ponder on how you can build on your accomplishments, so collectively, the region can face the future with confidence,” SG Byron said. “Today we celebrate the achievements of our security forces, the National Emergency Management Agency and others who would have successfully completed the first phase of Exercise Tradewinds.” US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Larry Palmer explained that for the last eleven days, the participating member states have worked to prepare all the nations to face regional threats. “This meticulous and often difficult work not only prepares us for future operations but also facilitates an exchange of regional knowledge and expertise. Ultimately that is the goal of Tradewinds, bringing together regional partners to build upon an already strong relationship and in so doing, advance the security of our shared region,” Palmer said. To this end, the Ambassador noted that Tradewinds has been a means of facilitating cooperation to reduce trafficking within the Caribbean. The Ambassador disclosed that he was pleased to see how well territories are working “as one team to bring together all aspects of President Obama’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative”. The second phase of the 2015 Exercise Tradewinds gets underway on the 14th June in Belize, while the third phase is slated for Miami in July.