Commander of US Air Forces Southern Command on 3-day visit to Guyana

Commander of US Air Forces Southern Command on 3-day visit to Guyana

The United States Southern Command’s Air Force Commander, Major General, Evan L. Pettus, is on a three-day visit to Guyana to further discuss US defense partnership with Guyana, the US embassy announced today.

In a statement, the US Embassy explained that as the Air Force component to U.S. Southern Command, the unit conducts security cooperation and provides air, space, and cyberspace capabilities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. It also supports the U.S. Southern Command to deter aggression, defeat threats, rapidly respond to crises, and work with allies and partner nations to build regional capacity to ensure a secure, free, and prosperous Western Hemisphere.  

The US embassy said that during the visit, Maj. Gen. Pettus is scheduled to meet with senior leaders in the Government of Guyana, Guyana Defence Force (GDF), and U.S. Embassy.

He will also discuss plans on air domain awareness and collaborate on advancing Guyana’s airspace awareness capacity to protect its national security and sovereignty, the US Embassy said.

The embassy noted that Maj. Gen. Pettus’ visit to Guyana is his first trip overseas in 2024 and signifies the importance of the bilateral security partnership as the GDF continues to expand its aviation capabilities.

“Maj. Gen. Pettus’ visit to Guyana underscores the continued importance and strong commitment the United States places on the U.S.-Guyana bilateral security partnership in support of regional stability,” the US embassy stated.

The US embassy said The United States will continue to work closely with its allies around the world to strengthen alliances and partnerships by improving interoperability, deepening information-sharing and planning, and conducting complex joint and combined exercises

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