Remarks – 2018 Joint Combined Training Exercise (JCET)

US Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers

2018 Joint Combined Training Exercise (JCET)

Nassau, The Bahamas – May, 31, 2018

It is my pleasure to be here today to mark the official closing of this year’s Joint Combined Exchange Training, also known as JCET.  The JCET is recognition of our two countries’ commitment to protecting our people by countering transnational organized crime.

Those of you assembled here today know that cooperation between the United States and The Bahamas goes back decades.  Every day, Bahamian and U.S. officials work together to combat drug and gun trafficking and other transnational crimes that threaten the security of both our countries.

The same criminal networks that operate in The Bahamas also operate in the United States.  They threaten the safety and security of all our citizens.  These circumstances bind us together as partners.

The U.S. government, represented at our Embassy and airports, is dedicated to ensuring our partners have the training and know-how needed to be even more effective in targeting these criminal organizations.

Exchanges like the JCET invigorate our partnership, and provide officers important skills and knowledge needed to make them more successful in preventing illicit activity across our borders.  It also provides an opportunity to share best practices in confronting the threats affecting the entire region.

In the last six weeks, Police, Defense, and Customs personnel participated in this year’s JCET under the mentorship of 11 U.S. Naval Special Warfare members.

The exchange covered a broad range of topics including the military decision making process, small boat operations, maritime interdiction, small unit tactics, prisoner handling, and advanced marksmanship, among others.

Ultimately, our security cooperation efforts are about enhancing the stability and security of the hemisphere.  This exchange enables both countries to better tackle transnational crime.

 We look forward to continuing our bilateral partnership to substantially reduce illicit trafficking and increase the security of both our countries.

 Thank you.