U.S. military visit Trinidad and Tobago

General John Kelly; Minister of National Security Gary Griffith; Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Chargé d’Affaires Keith Gilges
General John Kelly; Minister of National Security Gary Griffith; Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Chargé d’Affaires Keith Gilges

Port of Spain May 12, 2014: U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly visited Trinidad and Tobago for one day on May 6, 2014.  It was the second visit to Port of Spain by Commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).  He last visited in February 2013.

This visit was part of SOUTHCOM’s key leadership engagement with partner nation officials. During the brief visit, General Kelly met with Attorney General Anand Ramlogan; Minister of National Security Gary Griffith, as well as Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Kenrick Maharaj.

Also visiting last week were two major generals and 14 brigadier generals and rear admirals serving in the United States military.  Their visit was part of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s CAPSTONE Field Studies Program, which exposes fellows to key U.S. and partner nation civilian a

 Chief of Defence Staff Major General Kenrick Maharaj greeting visiting CAPSTONE fellows
Chief of Defence Staff Major General Kenrick Maharaj greeting visiting CAPSTONE fellows

nd military officials, to see how the elements of national power are integrated.

The officers met with Minister of National Security Gary Griffith; Chief of Defence Staff Major General Kenrick Maharaj; Mr. Gerard Greene of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Bilateral Relations Division, and Caribbean Community’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security.

Military cooperation between the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago contributes to strong bilateral partnerships and increased collaboration with other Western Hemisphere and international countries.