AMLO requests authorization for US military personnel to enter Mexico: What mission will they have here?

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), through his Legal Departmentrequested the Senate of the Republic allow the entry into Mexico of a delegation of eleven American militarywith the aim of providing special training to the country’s armed forces.

This Tuesday, at Senate Gazettethe “request for authorization to allow the entry of military personnel of the Army of the United States of America into the national territory” was published.

According to the permit, it is detailed that the eleven soldiers will remain in Mexico for around two months (from January 23 to March 21, 2024), in order to train the troops assigned to Sedena. Furthermore, it is expected that they will enter with armamentammunition and equipment described in the “sole annex”.

“As part of the mechanism called the Military Bilateral Cooperation Round Table, the Secretariat of National Defense, in coordination with the Northern Command of the United States of America, carried out the ‘Annual Activity Plan 2024’in which they planned to hold various events in 2024, including the so-called “Strengthen the Capacities of the Special Forces of the Secretariat of National Defense”says the letter sent to the president of the Senate Board of Directors, Ana Lilia Rivera.

Special operations command will train Mexican troops

The document, signed by the owner of the Liaison Unit of the Presidency of the Republic, Esteban Martinezexplains that this military training will take place at the facilities of the Special Forces Training Center, in Temamatla, Mexico state and the Regional Training Center of the 1st Military Region, in San Miguel de los Jagüeyesalso in the Mexican entity.

If authorized, the delegation would enter aboard the C-130 Hercules aircraftof the Air Force of the United States of America, to land at the ‘Felipe Ángeles’ International Airport on January 22, 2024 and leave the country on March 22, 2024.

The group is made up of instructor elements from the 7th. Special Forces Group United States Army Special Operations Command Northof which a list with their names was provided:

  • Morán, Arnulfo A.
  • McDowell, James A.
  • Onstad, Jeffery T.
  • Dees, Derick Q.
  • Yurong; Brandon A.
  • McFadden, Logan W.
  • Elliot, Gabriel K.
  • Gurkha, Maverik
  • Fernandez Abraham
  • Cherneski, Joseph E.
  • Calvo, Brian P.

Finally, in the petition, Presidency highlighted that the event will have the purpose of “promoting cooperation with the Armed Forces of the United States of America through the training exchangewhich will allow us to confront common threats in the northern hemisphere of the American continent and will strengthen the bilateral military relationship.”