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Aug 6, 2020

U.S. Embassy Donates to the Belize Defence Force

Six Hino troop-carrying vehicles, an ambulance, and aircraft spares were today handed to the Belize Defence Force. The donation is worth a little over a million dollars and it comes at the right time when B.D.F. soldiers are positioned along the porous border to the north and west. The donation was made through the U.S. Foreign Military Financing Program, which is a funding source provided to the U.S. Partner Nations. One of the Hino trucks was handed to the Belize Coast Guard. The equipment will be put to use immediately to help in securing the border and reducing the number of border jumpers. The equipment was donated during a small ceremony at Price Barracks in Ladyville.

 

 

Keith Gilges

Keith Gilges, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy in Belize

“These are challenging and unprecedented times for all of us. A donation like this that we are making now is part of a long standing series of programs and contributions that we’ve done. So these six trucks, the ambulance and the container of aircraft parts are all part of our ongoing partnership to help and strengthen the Belize Defence Force and the Belize security forces overall to combat various different threats that may be. These are transports to get your people all around the country. That is one way we can help. We had no idea three years ago when we were meeting with the Belize Defence force to talk about what the needs would be that there would be this situation that you are facing today but with folks illegally crossing the border with the contrabandistas moving back and forth it is more important than ever that Belize is able to move its security folks around.”

 

Steven Ortega

Brigadier General Steven Ortega, Commander, B.D.F.

“These transports are very necessary especial during these times. They are necessary during normal times and especially now because we have quite a lot of guys along the border, the known borders and the unknown ones. So these would definitely help to improve our movement in getting out there and getting the guys fed and changed over and everything else. So these are definitely, a very valuable asset at this time.”

 

George Lovell

(Ret’d) Col. George Lovell, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“They can’t have too many of these. What you see out there, each of those vehicle can move twenty I was told or so troops so imagine if you have to move a hundred persons which is just about a company size unit would have. You need at least six of those vehicles just to move that one unit and then there are several companies. Take it that they have had vehicle before but the amount of troop lifting vehicle are also a needed resources.”


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