WILLEMSTAD- Last Friday the Pedro Luis Brion School, Kolegio Donsarto, Nos Regaonan Balioso, and Future Kids toured the United States Forward Operating Location (FOL) located near the Hato Airport.
The FOL employs over 50 local staff members who were instrumental in organizing the tour and engaging the students. Conducted mostly in Papiamentu, the tour offered students a behind-the-scenes look at the compound and the chance to learn about the multinational aircraft used in counter-narcotics operations that detect, monitor, and track illicit shipments of drugs in the region. Students saw the maintenance tools and various equipment, but were most excited to see how planes get washed in the “bird bath.” The Fire Department demonstrated their response speed in a “bunker race” in which firefighters change, carry the heavy equipment, jump in the rescue truck, and turn on the siren. After the demonstrations, the children were delighted to be given the opportunity to try carrying the equipment and testing out the siren.
The United States expresses its gratitude to the people and Government of Curaçao for their support of our ongoing partnership to counter global narcotics trafficking, combat transnational criminal networks, and promote the rule of law. The FOL is eager to welcome visits by schools and organizations to show how FOL operations enhance stability and security in the Caribbean.
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