Remarks by Ambassador Jeff Daigle
Closing Ceremony for the 2nd U.S.-Cabo Verde Joint Combined Exchange Training
Cabo Verde Armed Forces National Guard Headquarters, Praia
July 12, 2023
(as prepared for delivery)
President of the SNPCB;
Officers and Members of the Cabo Verdean and American Armed Forces;
All protocol observed
A very good morning to you all!
It is an honor to stand before you today at the closing ceremony for the second U.S. – Cabo Verde Joint Combined Exchange Training.
Over the past two months, our forces were fortunate to work alongside the most trusted unit in the Cabo Verdean Armed Forces side by side. This engagement between the Special Forces Detachment and the Unidade de Operações Especiais stands out as the one with most contact and duration, giving both militaries a deeper understanding of how we work.
The United States and Cabo Verde will continue to invest in regional security and to develop our cohesive bilateral partnership. By doing so, we ensure our ability to respond to any force which may wish to bring harm upon our nations.
As future Joint Combined Exchange Training teams partner with the Cabo Verde Armed Forces, our shared relationship will extend through generations of seasoned special operators and new ones alike.
In closing, I would like to express my gratitude to those who have participated in this exercise. Your tireless efforts, professionalism, and shared pursuit of excellence have undoubtedly elevated the capabilities of our respective special forces and reflect our strong partnership.
My thanks also to the Commander of the National Guard, Colonel Casimiro Tavares, for his steadfast support for this mission, as well as the Commander of the Unidade de Operações Especiais, Lieutenant Ravy Varea, for his personal commitment and execution of the JCET.
Congratulations to all the participants in this exercise, which will continue to strengthen the ties of friendship and partnership between the militaries of our two great nations for years to come.