The partnership between the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and Florida National Guard (FLNG) has resulted in the first workshop in Guyana dedicated to women, peace and security. Visiting delegates from the Florida National Guard are in Georgetown August 5-6 to strengthen relationships and leadership among women in the field of national security. Colonel Elizabeth Evans leads the delegation, which will cover topics ranging from personal stories of leadership to exploring the obstacles that Guyanese women face as they serve the national security of Guyana. The program seeks to improve operational effectiveness by providing an understanding of women’s response, integration, recruitment, and behavior within SOUTHCOM, FLNG and GDF.
The U.S. National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP) has been successfully building relationships with partner nation forces since 1993 and with Guyana since 2003. Through SPP, the National Guard conducts military-to-military engagements to support defense and security cooperation around the world.
The partnership between the Florida National Guard and Guyana is a critical component of the security cooperation between the U.S. and Guyana. Through training and shared exercises, the relationships built continue to contribute to Guyana’s operational readiness and security.