Missouri National Guardsmen are helping out our Panamanian allies with disaster preparedness.
The Guard reports that representatives from the Panamanian National Frontier Force and the National Civil Protection recently visited northwest Missouri to learn about logistics capabilities, management, control and distribution of supplies during natural or man-made disasters, and to supply troops.
While in St. Joseph, the group toured the 139th Air Lift Wing, the Red Cross, Mayes Memorial National Guard Armory and the county’s hazmat trailer. They also went to Kansas City to see the FEMA Regional Resource Coordination Center.
The Guard adds that such exchanges happen through the Department of Defense, linking partner countries to foster mutual interests, establish long-term relationships and provide international security and stability.
Missouri and Panama have been partners since 1996.
For photos and more, visit the Guard’s Bear Facts website.