The ninth annual Marine Leaders of the Americas Conference began yesterday with the primary purpose of bringing together the top leaders of the Marine Corps and Naval Infantry from North, South, and Central America to foster professional relationships and discuss key topics in security and defence.
MLAC is a bi-annual event held in various locations in Latin America. This year’s MLAC is being held in Rio de Janeiro and naval/naval infantry participants include: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, the Netherlands, Honduras, Great Britain, Mexico and Namibia. , Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Sao Tome and Principe, Uruguay and United States of America.
“We all have a deep connection through shared challenges, shared values and a shared neighborhood in the Western Hemisphere.” Lieutenant General David Bellon, Commander United States Marine Corps Forces, South
Co-hosted by the governments of Brazil and the United States, MLAC 2022 is primarily managed by the Brazilian Marine Corps and provides an essential venue for key leaders to discuss and collaborate on the complex challenges facing the region. The theme of this year’s event is “Security and Defense of the Americas: Present and Future”.
“The importance of bringing together our Navy and Navy infantry leaders at MLAC cannot be overstated. We all have a deep connection through shared challenges, shared values and a shared neighborhood in the Western Hemisphere. “, said Lt. Gen. David Bellon, Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces, South. “These opportunities to come together are important in advancing our collective security. We are grateful to our Brazilian hosts for having organized this year’s event and continue to stand out as a leader in the region.
Brazil is a leader in naval operations and maritime domain awareness due to its size, strong economy, established defense industry, operational experience, and global projection of military forces. In addition to hosting MLAC this year, Brazil is hosting Exercise UNITAS 2022, the world’s longest-running multinational maritime exercise, which also coincides with the bicentennial of the Brazilian Navy.