The initial planning conference for Exercise Tradewinds 2012, will be held at the Barbados Defence Force Headquarters, St. Ann’s Fort, St. Michael, beginning today and continuing until Friday, October 28.

Exercise Tradewinds, will be held during the period June 15 to 24 when both military and law enforcement personnel will participate in various aspects of training.

Exercise Tradewinds is a United States Southern Command-sponsored military exercise, which is conducted annually in the Caribbean region.?? The exercise is designed to improve cooperation interoperability and operational responses between participating nations to common threats to national, regional and hemispheric security.

Barbados previously hosted Exercise Tradewinds in 1992 and 2002.

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