In the Face of Venezuela Threat, US Air Force Southern Commander visits Guyana

In the Face of Venezuela Threat, US Air Force Southern Commander visits Guyana

Amid recent tensions and territorial dispute on the Venezuelan/Guyanese border, US Air Force Major General Evan L. Pettus, commander of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), visited Guyana from January 31 – February 2.

“As the Air Force component to Southern Command, the 12th Air Force conducts security cooperation and provides air, space, and cyberspace capabilities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and supports U.S. Southern Command to deter aggression, defeat threats, rapidly respond to crises, and work with allies and partner nations to build regional capacity to ensure a secure, free, and prosperous Western Hemisphere,” said the Air Force in its announcement.

The organization added that Maj. Gen. Pettus’ visit to Guyana underscores the continued importance and strong commitment the United States places on the U.S./Guyana bilateral security partnership in support of regional stability.

Pettus was scheduled to meet with various senior leaders — in the government, Guyana Defence Force (GDF), and U.S. Embassy to discuss the U.S. defense partnership with Guyana — to discuss air domain awareness and collaborate on advancing Guyana’s airspace awareness capacity to protect its national security and sovereignty.

This marked Pettus’ first trip overseas in 2024 and “signifies the importance of the bilateral security partnership as the GDF continues to expand its aviation capabilities,” per the Air Force.

“The United States continues to work closely with its allies around the world to strengthen alliances and partnerships by improving interoperability, deepening information-sharing and planning, and conducting complex joint and combined exercises,” added the orgnization.

Photo Maj. Gen. Evan L. Pettus, commander, 12th Air Force (Credit: United States Air Force)

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