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US Rear Admiral Visits

Published 2nd April 8, 12:0am

Cayman law enforcement agencies recently hosted a three-day visit of the US Seventh Coast Guard District Commander, Rear Admiral David W. Kunkel.

The 10-12 March visit aimed at further developing cooperation between the US and Cayman border control agencies, especially in the areas of capacity building, training and communication.

Rear Admiral Kunkel was accompanied by the Seventh Coast Guard District Chief of Response, Captain Edwin H. Daniels, Aide to the Seventh District Commander, Lt Teresa Mc Manus and Miami-based HM Consul General Keith Allan.

A busy schedule included a meeting with Cabinet members and several working engagements with the Commissioner of Police, Collector of Customs and the Chief Immigration Officer.

Chief among the items discussed were ways that the US Coast Guard could assist Cayman in its training needs, as well as capacity building in the areas of law enforcement, drug interdiction, border security, emergency rescue situations and managing migration trends.

During their stay Rear Admiral Kunkel and his delegation toured Grand Cayman by helicopter. The visitors also attended the Commonwealth Day reception hosted by HE Governor Stuart Jack, CVO.

Rear Admiral Kunkel was previously assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters where he served as Director of Capabilities. As such, he had responsibility for the allocation, distribution, management and recapitalization of all Coast Guard operational forces and resources. Those included aircraft, cutters, boat forces, shore facilities and operational command and control infrastructure.