Minister of National Security attends United States Southern Command Change of Command Ceremony in Florida

Port of Spain: The Ministry of National Security wishes to advise that Minister of National Security, the Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds, M.P., will represent the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at the Change of Command Ceremony, at the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami, Florida.

Minister Hinds was invited by the United States Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to attend the Change of Command Ceremony on October 29, 2021, to witness Admiral Craig S. Faller, U.S. Navy, relinquish command of SOUTHCOM to General Laura J. Richardson, U.S. Army. General Laura J. Richardson, the incoming commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), will be the second female combatant commander in history and the second female four-star general in the Army’s history.

SOUTHCOM is one of the eleven unified combatant commands in the United States Department of Defense, and is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation in its assigned Area of Responsibility which includes: Central America; South America; and the Caribbean (except United States commonwealths, territories, and possessions).

Minister Hinds will be overseas from October 24–30, 2021 and during this time, the Honourable Stuart R. Young M.P. will act as Minister of National Security.


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