BDF Forward Operating Base on Sarstoon River Reopens After Renovations

BDF Forward Operating Base on Sarstoon River Reopens After Renovations

After months of being uninhabitable, the Belize Defence Force’s Forward Operating Base on the Sarstoon River is back up and running. The base, located 16 miles south-southwest of Punta Gorda, was established in 2016 to tackle illicit activities near Belize’s border with Guatemala and Honduras. It serves as a critical space for the military but in 2022, the single wooden structure was compromised due to structural issues and erosion. The base has since undergone major renovations and now consists of three structures, retrofitted to house the men who stand guard. Today, the media was hosted at the FoB and given a tour of the facilities.  BDF Commandant, Brigadier General Azariel Loria, gave an interview, speaking of the base’s purpose and benefits.

General Azareil Loria, Commandant, Brigadier General, BDF: “The intent here this Forward Operating Base function as an observation base and the intent here is to observe and try to mitigate the threats as they may come. If you notice on the other side there is a small amount of Guatemalan military as well and that is telling you something that they are not here to fight and we are not here to fight neither. We are to maintain sovereignty should incase things get out of hand we have our SOPs, standard operating procedures, on how to withdraw because with a section in our doctrine we could never fight but we could see, we could gather information and then we withdraw to a safe point and from there we take it on. So that’s the intent of this thing, of the observation post here or else we would have built another Price Barracks and have a thousand men here but that’s not the intent. It’s a forward because as the name connotations forward, it’s a remote area and it’s a great area of strategic importance is one of our corners the other one is 35 kilometers to the west of here that we also man and ensure we have it that we are there, those that have studied land power knows the value of it and hence the reason we are here.”

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