Fuerzas Aliadas PANAMAX 2011

Friday August 12, 2011

What is it?

Armed forces from 17 nations will take part in the annual U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Army South sponsored “Fuerzas Aliadas PANAMAX 2011” exercise that will be conducted simultaneously at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and in Panama Aug. 15-26.

Commonly known as PANAMAX, the exercise brings together sea, air and land forces in a joint and combined operation focused on defending the Panama Canal from attacks by an organized terrorist group as well as responding to natural disasters and pandemic outbreaks in various locations.

More than 50 Colombian military officers will travel to Fort Sam Houston, Texas to lead the land component portion of the exercise for the first time in PANAMAX history. Army South led the land component portion during previous exercises.

This year, in addition to the United States and Colombia, participants from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru will take part in the exercise.

What has the Army done?

This major multinational exercise has grown dramatically since 2003 when the U.S. Army conducted the first exercise together with Panama and Chile.

What efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

One of the most important benefits of multinational exercises like PANAMAX is the fact that all the participants will be able to exchange their experiences, expertise and will gain new knowledge about each other’s culture and people. These interactions strengthen our bonds across the region and foster long-lasting friendships and understanding among the partner nations, ultimately benefiting the security of the region.

Army South has conducted numerous exercises and operations, such as PANAMAX, that provide real world training to our service members and partner nations. Future exercises will build upon that training to ensure we are prepared to deploy and conduct contingency operations.

Why is this important to the Army?

Security is a necessary condition for prosperity and lasting democratic institutions. PANAMAX provides opportunities for the participating nations, along with Army South to join efforts to counter threats of violent extremism, provide for humanitarian relief as necessary, and to defend the Panama Canal as deemed necessary by the Government of Panama and other nations of the region.

Additionally, all the participants in PANAMAX will benefit their countries and the region by increasing professional understanding of the Western Hemisphere and reassuring our commitment to regional peace and respect for sovereignty.

Resources:

U.S. Army South website

U.S. Army South Facebook

U.S. Army South YouTube

United States Southern Command

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