U.S. Air Force Elements Arrive in Tapachula, Chiapas

On Saturday, June 29, a team from the United States Air Force landed in Tapachula, Chiapas, to conduct training for members of the Mexican Navy and the Mexican Air Force. This effort is part of the Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) program, aimed at strengthening the exchange of military strategies between both countries.

The U.S. team arrived at Tapachula International Airport, located on the border with Guatemala, aboard a US Air Force Super Hercules aircraft with registration number 11-5745. The arrival of these elements was approved by the Mexican Senate in April, and the corresponding decree was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation earlier this month.

The JCET program aims to enhance military cooperation between Mexico and the United States through various training activities. According to information from the U.S. Embassy, the program includes training in defensive operations, medical response, civil protection, mission planning, decision-making training, crisis or emergency response, and specialized training for tactical teams and special operations units.

The arrival of the U.S. team also involves the deployment of eight military personnel to Puerto Chiapas. These soldiers will participate in training called ‘Strengthening the Capabilities of the Special Operations Forces of the Mexican Navy,’ with the goal of increasing the effectiveness of special operations conducted by the Mexican Navy.

Such joint training programs are not new in Latin America and have been implemented in several countries in the region. Cooperation between Mexico and the United States in matters of security and defense is crucial for addressing common challenges, including combating drug trafficking, arms smuggling, and natural disaster response.

Source: Debate