By Sgt. Wendy McDougall
Dec 7, 2012 - 2:56:46 PM
On Tuesday, December 11th, Delawareâ€™s state partner, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, will join Maj. Gen. Francis Vavala and key leaders from several state agencies for a critical infrastructure protection conference. The conference will take place from 8:00-9:00 a.m. at the Smyrna Readiness Center, 103 Artisan Drive, Smyrna, Del.
Delaware has participated in the state partnership program since 2005. The purpose of the program is to engage partner nations at local, state and national levels through military, socio-political and economic avenues.
Tuesday's conference will include Secretary Lewis Schiliro from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Deputy Secretary David Small from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Control, Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard and from Trinidad and Tobago, Col. Rodney Smart, Energy Sector Security Initiative Chair, Salisha Gomes, Deputy Chair, LCDR Jason Kelshall, Operations and Training Working Group Chair and Michael Blackman, Policy and Strategy Working Group Chair.
"Protecting our state's critical infrastructure and facilities along the Delaware River and Bay is vital in keeping our citizens secure, while safeguarding our economy," said Deputy Secretary Small. "The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is working with our local maritime security partners proactively patrolling Delawareâ€™s 100 miles of waterways. We welcome our Trinidad and Tobago partners to Delaware."
This visit will discuss the importance of protecting critical infrastructure and maritime assets. It will also highlight the public and private sector energy partnerships and Delawareâ€™s role in an integrated approach to protection and security of all sectors of critical infrastructure. Conference attendees will hear from several speakers on the topic, as well as, be given a boat tour to view some of Delawareâ€™s critical infrastructure.
"We are excited about this opportunity to share lessons learned with our Trinidad and Tobago counterparts, and to highlight our partnership with the National Guard, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the private sector. This partnership is one that not only allows us to share critical information but also our physical resources to better protect our citizens and the infrastructure along our waterways," said Secretary Schiliro.
Trinidad and Tobago is a nation builder of the Caribbean. Visits like this allow them the opportunity to engage Delawareâ€™s community and state resources and gather information that allows them to continue enhancing and protecting their assets.
Media are invited to the conference on December 11th at The Smyrna Readiness Center, Smyrna, Del. Opportunities include photo, video and interviews with conference attendees.
For more information please contact Sgt. Wendy McDougall at 302-270-0720 or Lt. Col. Len Gratteri at 302-540-0134.