Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

What is it?

Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias 2016 (FA HUM 16) is a multinational exercise which includes military and civilian personnel from 14 countries in Central and South America, and the Caribbean, including Canada and the United States, as well as representatives from more than 21 international and regional organizations. FA HUM 16 promotes regional partnerships among military organizations, governments and non-governmental agencies to improve regional interoperability and coordination for conducting Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations.

What has the Army done?

U.S. Army South has been collaborating with Honduras, the Permanent Commission of Contingencies and other international disaster management agencies and regional military forces in enhancing military and civil cooperation and coordination for several years.

FA HUM 16, a command post exercise, allows the Honduran Joint Staff, Honduran Army, government and non-government agencies the ability to work side-by-side in an effort to better collaborate during an HA/DR event.

FA HUM 16 will be conducted in Honduras from April 18-29, 2016, where several important governmental, non-governmental and international organizations will also participate. Organizations include the Coordination of Natural Disaster Prevention in Central America, the International Federation Red Cross, and the United States Agency for International Development/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

What continued efforts have been planned for the future?

U.S. Army South will execute several multinational exercises and army-to-army engagements with Latin American partner nations throughout the year. These exercises are instrumental in strengthening professional relationships and collaboration between the respective armies. Army engagements include key leader visits, professional exchange programs and Army staff talks.

Why is this important to the Army?

The U.S. Army’s capabilities in the region and elsewhere are greatly influenced by the relationships forged with partner nation armies. Partner nation armies in the region have assisted in disaster relief and continue to support contingency operations around the world. The contributions of Latin American countries were critical to disaster relief efforts in Haiti. As the partnered organizations become familiar with each others’ policies and procedures, they are better prepared to react to natural and man-made disasters. Strengthening our relationships with partner nation armies through this exercise will have lasting effects on the peace and stability of the region.

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