On Tuesday, November 1 members of the Louisiana National Guard were in Belize to celebrate twenty years of friendship and cooperation with the Belize Defence Force. An official parade took place at Price Barracks in Ladyville, Belize District and on Wednesday, November 2, a Belize delegation flew out to the United States where the courtesy was reciprocated to the BDF by the Louisiana National Guard. During that visit discussions were held for further cooperation initiatives. BDF Commander, Brigadier General David Jones was part of that delegation that was in Louisiana, USA.
The Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program which Commander Jones spoke of caters to students who are looking for a way to succeed outside of a traditional school setting whilst learning self-discipline, leadership and responsibility. It is a program that Commander Jones is looking to adopt with assistance from the Louisiana National Guard.
In the program the students will strive for academic excellence and build on life skills and physical fitness as well as responsible citizenship.