Dominican Republic holds CENTAM Guardian 2023 closing ceremony
1 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dominican Republic Ministry of Defense hosts the closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023.

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities and interoperability with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin)
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Dominican Republic holds CENTAM Guardian 2023 closing ceremony
2 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dominican Republic Ministry of Defense hosts the closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023.

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities and interoperability with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin)
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Dominican Republic holds CENTAM Guardian 2023 closing ceremony
3 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Distinguished guests and speakers stand during the playing of the National Anthems at the closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023.

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities and interoperability with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin)
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Dominican Republic holds CENTAM Guardian 2023 closing ceremony
4 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Mr. Alexander Titolo, speaks at the closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities and interoperability with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin)
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Dominican Republic holds CENTAM Guardian 2023 closing ceremony
5 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army South Deputy Commanding General, Brig. Gen Miguel Mendez, speaks at the closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023.

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities and interoperability with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin)
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6 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dominican Republic Director of the Emergency Operations Center, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Juan Méndez García speaks at the closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023.

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities and interoperability with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin)
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7 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dominican Republic Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen Carlos Díaz Morfa, speaks at the closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023.

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities and interoperability with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin)
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8 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dominican Republic Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen Carlos Díaz Morfa, receives plaque at the closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023.

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities and interoperability with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin)
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9 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Distinguished visitors from Honduran and Dominican military pose during plaque exchange at the closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023.

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities and interoperability with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin)
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10 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dominican Republic Director of the Emergency Operations Center, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Juan Méndez García receives plaque at the closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023.

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities and interoperability with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin)
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11 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army South Deputy Commanding General, Brig. Gen Miguel Mendez, receives plaque at the closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023.

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities and interoperability with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin)
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12 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army South Deputy Commanding General, Brig. Gen Miguel Mendez and Dominican Republic Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen Carlos Díaz Morfa pose during plaque exchange at the closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 1, 2023.

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities and interoperability with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Iman Broady-Chin)
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – The closing ceremony of CENTAM Guardian 2023 (CG23) was held at the Ministry of Defense in Santo Domingo on May 01, 2023. U.S. Army South Deputy Commanding General; Miguel A. Mendez, Deputy Chief of Mission; Mr. Alex Titolo, Minister of Defense; Lt. Gen. Carlos Luciano Diaz Morfa, Director del Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias (COE) Maj. Gen. (R) Juan M. Mendez Garcia delivered closing remarks to the participants of CG23. Emergency responders, military, and federal agencies from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and the United States took part in an intensive training exercise to update and test policies and procedures for humanitarian assistance and Natural disaster response.

CG23 is an annual Army-led combined, joint, interagency, multi-national partnership-building exercise designed to build capacity, capabilities with Central American and Caribbean partner nations. The exercise addresses common security threats, further develops information sharing amongst the multinational coordination cell, and reinforces regional stability and interoperability with allied forces, which also results in benefits to the people of the Dominican Republic.

“The work procedures of the civil and military components were put to the test, through a national simulation exercises where situations and/or possible events that may affect the country, in order to test plans protocols, manuals and procedures” Maj. Gen. (Ret.) García continued, “and with this, identify gaps in the operational capacity of the institutions that make up the Emergency Operations Center.”

The training is part of the ongoing effort to mutually protect and preserve the region in times of natural disaster, to demonstrate America's dedication and commitment to enduring peace and stability in the shared neighborhood. The Covid-19 pandemic was the last crisis that required the same attention the CG23 exercise addresses.

“The first time I gave a speech at an event like this was in early 2021, when we were providing ventilators provided by the [U.S.] Southern Command that the Dominican Republic had requested to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic” said Mr. Titolo . “But we must never forget the experience of the Pandemic because it taught us how important it was for us to train together, exercise together and plan for emergencies that may affect our region.”

CG23 organizes a training program in the Dominican Republic inviting military advisors and federal agencies from various parts of the United States to train alongside military and interagency partners from the Dominican Republic Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The program aims to improve multi-domain rapid response security operations and strengthen collaboration and cooperation between military and security forces in the USSOUTHCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR) for better hemispheric security.

“Make no mistake; you’ve made a difference. Humanitarian aid will flow faster to where it’s needed, because speed matters in life-or-death operations, such as a natural disasters or unplanned contingency operations.” said Brig. Gen. Mendez. “Shaving minutes or hours off the timeline could be the difference in saving a life or mourning a death.”

During the ceremony, all participants from each country recognized for their exemplary performance and dedication during CG23. CENTAM Guardian 24 will take place in Costa Rica.

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