US Marines Deployed To Coveñas, Colombia; Establish Command Operations Center on Colombia’s Atlantic Coast
Today, the US Marines Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force under the US Military Southern Command and Colombia’s Infantería de Marina de Colombia begin a week of Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) rehearsals and Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEEs), in Coveñas, Colombia.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Johnathon Nettles, a data systems administrator with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command, finalizes adjustments on a ground antenna transmit and receive (GATR) communications system during the setup of a command operations center in Base de Entrenamiento de Infanteria de Marina, Coveñas, Colombia, Sept. 28, 2019. A GATR is used to establish local area network-based services through a satellite. The task force is conducting training and engineering projects hand-in-hand with partner nation military members in Latin America and the Caribbean during their deployment to the region, which coincides with hurricane season. Nettles is a native of Annapolis, Maryland. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Stanley Moy)