General Richardson, commander of the US Southern Command will visit Colombia

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More than 1,000 US soldiers will be in Cartagena on humanitarian missions that will be supervised by the US Army Senior General

General Richardson, Commander of US Southern Command will visit Colombia

USNS Comfort in Cartagena, Colombia

During the festive bridge, Army General Laura Richardson, commander of the United States Southern Command, (SOUTHCOM) will arrive in the country. During her visit to the country, she will verify humanitarian missions and have meetings with government officials.

As reported by the Embassy of the United States in Colombia, the visit will take place from November 13 to 15 in order to observe the Continuing Promise 2022 humanitarian medical mission and visit the crew members of the USNS Comfort ship located in Cartagena.

This ship that provides medical assistance to countries associated with the United States deployed the humanitarian mission on October 23, on an itinerary until December 15 that includes Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia , Dominican Republic and Haiti.

It arrived this November 12 in Cartagena where it will be docked until the 17th to provide medical assistance to nearly eight thousand vulnerable people in the heroic city. “About a thousand Americans will accompany members of the Colombian Navy and the Ministry of Health in Continuing Promise. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. I hope to see the smiles of those who will give and receive assistance. It is those smiles that Continuing Promise is about,” said Ambassador Francisco L. Palmieri in Bogota during the opening of the mission.

 General Richardson, Commander of the US Southern Command will visit Colombia

USNS Comfort in Cartagena, Colombia

The ship has 900 US military doctors, 90 volunteers from partner countries (Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and the Netherlands), 80 soldiers from the US National Guard, 50 soldiers from the Task Force Bravo, which operates for that country and which has established itself as the first advance element of the Southern Command in Central America. The crew includes doctors, nurses, service personnel, logisticians, technicians, sailors and experts in various disciplines.

People who visit the ship will have access to general surgery, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmological surgery, primary care, preventive medicine, dental examinations and treatments, optometry, distribution of glasses, among others such as veterinarians.

According to the National Navy, residents will be able to go to the “Ignacio Amador de la Peña” Combat Sports and Gymnastics Coliseum and the “Antonia Santos” Ethno-educational and Inclusive Institution to access free medical care in the areas of general surgery, orthopedic surgery, public health education, gynecology, preventive medicine, orthopedics, ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry, and pediatrics.

This is the eighth time that this hospital ship has visited the region since 2007 and the seventh time in Colombia, as part of the cooperation relations between both countries. These missions have brought services to more than 582,000 people, among whom more than 7,000 surgeries have been performed.

Regarding the visit of General Richardson, the United States Embassy in Colombia reported that it plans to visit Colombian military units in Cartagena, as well as travel to the center of the country to learn about the contribution to Colombia's security, support for regional cooperation in security.

General Richardson, Commander of US Southern Command to visit Colombia

USNS Comfort in Cartagena, Colombia

“The defense partnership between the two countries includes collaboration against regional threats and challenges, capacity-building exercises, bilateral training, exchanges of experiences, events that promote the inclusion of women in missions defense and security, and professional development commitments,” reported the Embassy.

The Southern Command is one of the six unified commands of the Department of Defense, with responsibility for cooperation in security matters with defense and public security forces in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

The ambassador in Colombia pointed out that there will also be an exchange of knowledge between North American personnel and Colombians, there will be music classes and performances, as well as work on humanitarian projects that include even remodeling local schools. “The United States will always be here contributing to the well-being of Colombians,” said Palmieri.