From left to right: Chief, Military Liaison Office, U.S. Embassy to Trinidad and Tobago Colonel Claudia Carrizales; Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) Major General (Ret’d) Rodney Smart; Ambassador of the United States of America to Trinidad and Tobago His Excellency Joseph N. Mondello; Minister of National Security the Honourable Stuart R. Young M.P.; and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Security Mr. Vel Lewis.

The Minister of National Security Stuart Young received 10,000 cloth face masks and 40 non-contact hand-held thermometer scanners from the United States Ambassador Joseph N. Mondello.
The brief handover ceremony was held at the Ministry of National Security’s Head Office today.
Minister Young expressed his gratitude to Mondello for the provision of the equipment, stating that the items will assist with the Government’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Both the Minister and the Ambassador noted that the handover of items is demonstrative of the existing longstanding bilateral security cooperation and friendship between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America.
Also in attendance were Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Security Mr. Vel Lewis; Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the Disaster Preparedness and Management Major General (Ret’d) Rodney Smart; and Chief, Military Liaison Office, U.S. Embassy to Trinidad and Tobago Colonel Claudia Carrizales.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) will oversee the distribution of these protective items to the various Divisions and Agencies of the Ministry of National Security.