US Army General meets President Ramotar, local officials
As part of the continuing State Partnership Programme (SPP) between the Florida National Guard and Guyana, Major General Emmett R. Titshaw, the Adjutant General of Florida, is visiting Guyana.
During his visit which ends today, he has been assessing the current status of the ongoing SPP programme, looking at the challenges, opportunities, and accomplishments so far.
He also discussed plans for 2013 activities under the partnership, considering what both Florida and Guyana hope to achieve.
Major General Titshaw met with President Donald Ramotar; Commodore Gary Best, Guyana Defence Force Chief of Staff; other GDF senior officials; as well as members of the U.S. Embassy. He also participated in a Senior Leadership Engagement seminar at Camp Ayanganna on January 16, 2013.
Major General Titshaw’s visit serves as a welcome reminder of the collaborative efforts and common goals the United States and Guyana share in regional security and disaster relief.
Guyana’s relationship with the Florida National Guard (FLNG) is part of a programme implemented by the State of Florida on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defence, which seeks to engage with partner nations on common goals and military cooperation. This initiative has given members of the Florida National Guard an opportunity to share skills, experience, and information in the context of bilateral exchanges with Guyana and 65 other countries worldwide, to enhance military capacity and capability.
Last year, Guyana participated in four events under the SPP – an Officer Candidate Development School Visit, a Water Purification Assessment, a Combat Life Saver Subject Matter Expert Exchange, and performances and subject-matter exchanges by a U.S. Military Band.
Other programmes include integration of counter-illicit trafficking into GDF training, assessments of tactical communications, search and rescue skills and techniques, medical waste management, and emergency disaster management planning.
Major General Titshaw has been serving in the Florida National Guard for 42 years in a variety of command positions. In his current position as Adjutant General, he is Governor’s Senior Military Advisor and is tasked with overseeing both state and federal missions of the Florida National Guard.