In line with one of USSOUTHCOM's Lines of Effort, Institute's cadre joins former WHINSEC partner nation educators from Panama to facilitate during the PANAMAX-Alpha 2020.PANAMA CITY, PANAMÁ - The U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), in collaboration with the Panamanian Ministry of Public Security, initiated the PANAMAX multinational exercise series.PANAMAX is an annual USSOUTHCOM-sponsored training exercise series with the objective of demonstrating the capability of participating nations to conduct coalition operations at the operational level, and is focused on ensuring the security of the Panama Canal and surrounding region.Present at the opening ceremony were; Minister of Public Security, Hon. Juan Manuel Pino; Director of the Panamanian National Police, Jorge Miranda Molina; Director of the Aero Naval Service, Ramón N López Ludka; Director of the National Border Service, Oriel Ortega; and Director of the Institutional Protection Service, Julio C Jean Louis.Unique this year, the PANAMAX-Alpha training will be led by Panamanian instructors, trained at WHINSEC, with the support of U.S. Army Mayor Rogelio A. Mata, director of the Institute's Center for Faculty and Staff Development; and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Fredrick E. Sanic, Human Rights instructor with the School of Leadership and Tactics.This year we are here in support of our fellow instructors and we will be handling the Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law portion of the training, said Mata.Additionally Mata added, two of the Panamanian instructors, Mayor Onofre Saez and Demetrio Martínez, graduated from the Common Faculty Development Instructor Course(CFD-IC) phase I and will now be internally evaluated by the lead instructor for the exercise, Sub Commissioner Jorge Dominguez. Once they are ready, myself and SFC Sanic will conduct an external evaluation of their performance. Upon successful completion they will be certified as U.S. Army Instructors.Nineteen senior officers, representatives from all services under the Ministry of Public Safety, and from the Panama Fire Service, will train and learn about the Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB), the Joint Planing Process (JPP), and the Military Decision Making Process. At the culmination of their training, they will prepare an Operational Order to be presented to Pino and the directors of the public safety services.Dominguez, former guest instructor and WHINSEC Instructor of the Year for 2018, will be the lead facilitator during the IPB, JPP and MDMP. Martínez and Saez, who recently graduated from the Institute's Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC), will put into practice what they learned during the CGSOC and the CFD-IC as they complete the CFD-IC certification requirements.Ultimately, the goal of PANAMAX-Alpha is to train and prepare security forces and their supporting institutions in order to reach the readiness levels necessary to prevent, mitigate and detect, through joint combined operations, threats to the security of the inter-oceanic canal, in the context of the security matrix contemplated in the fundamental of the Panamanian Security Policy.