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U. S Marines increase partnership relations with Panamanian counterparts

US Marine Corps News

By Capt. David Delvalle | Marine Corps | October 16, 2012

PANAMA CITY -- A group of Marines from Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG) and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH) , merged their leadership knowledge and expertise to provide a Mobile Training Team (MTT) to the Panamanian Marine Corps (Infanteria de Marina de Panama, also known as INFAMAR), from Sept. 15 – 22.

Captain David Delvalle, officer-in-charge, and Master Sgt. Ladislao Godoy, staff-non-commissioned officer in charge led the MTT in instructing more than 40 hours in the areas of leadership and basic intelligence, while Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Camporeale, a corpsman with the MCSCG Coordination, Liaison and Assessment Team, educated them in Tactical Combat Casualty Care.

“We concentrated on teaching fundamental of Marine Corps leadership, said Delvalle, who is a New York City native of Hispanic decent. “This instruction provided them with the building blocks necessary to empower their junior Marines and Officers to become a more dynamic force within their military.

The week-long MTT opened up with an introduction speech by Col. Matt Baker, commanding officer at MCSCG and Sgt. Maj. Carl Gantt who spoke to the Panamanian Marines about the importance of fostering the relationship with each other’s militaries.

“The best way to ensure the long-term regional stability of our hemisphere is by getting to know our neighbors to the North and South and working with them on common security goals,” said Baker, who graduated from high school in Panama. “Subject Matter Expert Exchanges and Mobile Training Teams such as this one, provides us a platform in which to familiarize ourselves with our Panamanian counterparts.”

The INFAMAR forms part of the Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (National Aeronaval Service, also known as (SENAN), which is part of the Panamanian Public Forces. The INFAMAR is composed of more than 300 Marines who are an infantry style unit under SENAN . The SENAN is made up of more than 2300 servicemembers.

“Our Panamanian counterparts were extremely receptive to learning throughout the week,” said Delvalle. “They were eager students and I am sure that they learned as much from us as we did from them. We look forward to working with them again in the near future.”

This training event reflects the joint US-Panamanian commitment to strengthen regional security.

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