FOL Curaçao/Aruba in Support of Counter Drug Operations

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook November 04, 2019 Aerial counter narcotics missions to deter transnational criminal organizations.The Curaçao/Aruba Forward Operating Location (FOL) provides round-the-clock airbase operations in support of multinational aerial counter-narcotics detection, monitoring, and tracking operations from partner nations and U.S. aircrafts. The United States and the Kingdom of the Netherlands signed a 10-year access agreement in March 2000 and renovated it in 2010 to allow FOL (also known as Cooperative Security Location) to operate at Curaçao’s Hato International Airport and Aruba`s Reina Beatrix International Airport. While U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) oversees its operations through the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South), the U.S. Air Force manages its day-to-day activities.U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel James Sinclair, FOL Curaçao/Aruba commander, spoke with Diálogo during a visit to the installation about the mission and their interagency work. Diálogo: What is FOL Curaçao/Aruba’s mission?U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel James Sinclair, FOL Curaçao/Aruba commander: We provide support for counter-narcotics aerial surveillance, in accordance with international agreements. If requested and approved by our hosts country, we provide logistical support for other missions including weather reconnaissance mission that gathers weather data, which benefits the region during hurricane season. On occasion in response to natural disasters, we gain permission from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to support other missions. For example, we supported multinational relief efforts during last year’s devastating Caribbean hurricanes. Diálogo: How does FOL Curaçao/Aruba coordinate with U.S. agencies and partner nations during an operation of suspected air and maritime drug traffickers?Lt. Col. Sinclair: Anytime we get directions from JIATF South, we’ll position ourselves to support logistically. If there’s any additional cooperation needed, we will coordinate with the U.S. consulate, with our Dutch and Curaçao partners, among others.Diálogo: Are criminal international organizations using new routes to move their illicit goods in the Caribbean Basin?Lt. Col. Sinclair: Transnational drug organizations have been pushing more of their drugs through the Pacific Ocean rather than the Caribbean, adjusting tactics, techniques, and procedures, looking for new routes. They have been using more semi-submersibles and dispersing their operations through Central American countries. At the same time, JIATF South constantly improves detection and exploitation methods to counter the illicit trafficking operations, working with partner nations and their capabilities in the fight against narcotrafficking organizations. Our regional Caribbean partners have been good at creating a mesh of detection that makes it harder for illicit drug traffickers to have success in the Caribbean Basin.Diálogo: What are FOL Curaçao/Aruba’s results regarding their support of international counter-illicit-trafficking efforts during the first semester of 2019? Lt. Col. Sinclair: During the first semester, FOL Curaçao/Aruba offered logistics supports resulting in 5.2 tons of cocaine seized and 32 arrests.Diálogo: How does FOL Curaçao/Aruba support JIATF South’s Operation Martillo? What are the main lessons learned from this multinational operation?Lt. Col. Sinclair: As we support JIATF South, we provide logistical support needed for Operation Martillo. The biggest lesson to come out of Operation Martillo is to trust and integrate capabilities with your allies while working together in the fight against criminal drug organizations.last_img

BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Week, Feb. 7 – Feb. 20, 2016 (VIDEO)

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf’s Week, 2/14/16-2/20/16Sunday, 2/14/16Ordered flags at half-staff to honor Justice Antonin ScaliaMonday, 2/15/16Urged public to monitor forecasts, prepare for changing roadway conditionsTuesday, 2/16/16Signed a criminal history sealing expansion bill into lawWednesday, 2/17/16Made a “Jobs that Pay” tour stop at Port of Philadelphia, touting SeaLand expansionLaunched Governor’s Goals, a new website that introduces measurable goals to align to Governor Wolf’s three key priorities — Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach, and Government that WorksThursday, 2/18/16Made a “Schools that teach” tour stop at Alexander D. Goode SchoolLaunched a public safety initiative to tackle drivers of cost, incarceration, and recidivismFriday, 2/19/16Participated in a panel discussion on the implications of climate changeAnnounced Wolf Administration staff changesICYMI: Best of The Blog this Week, 2/14/16 – 2/20/16BLOG: Investing in Human Services in the 2016-17 BudgetBLOG: Fighting the Opioid Epidemic in the 2016-17 BudgetBLOG: Governor’s Goals BETA: Announcing Governor Wolf’s Next Step in Transparent GovernmentBLOG: Governor Wolf’s Budget Supports Pennsylvania’s WorkforceBLOG: A Commonsense Severance Tax To Fund Our SchoolsBLOG: Huge Week for Criminal Justice Reform in Pennsylvania The Blog,  Videos,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf made important criminal justice reform announcements, as well as continued the Schools That Teach tour and launched a new Governor’s Goals website. Watch Governor Wolf’s weekly update video for more highlights from this week. February 19, 2016 BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Week, Feb. 7 – Feb. 20, 2016 (VIDEO) By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more