U.S. Forward Operating Location Welcomes New Commander
Today, Lieutenant Colonel James A. Sinclair relinquished command of the United States
Forward Operating Locations (USFOL) on Curaçao and Aruba to Lieutenant Colonel John P.
McCoy. The Change of Command is a time-honored military tradition which symbolizes the
continuation of leadership and unit identity despite the change in individual authority. Passing
the ceremonial flag from the old commander to the new commander physically represents this
Present at the ceremony were U.S. Consul General Allen Greenberg and Commander of the
Netherlands Forces in the Dutch Caribbean Brigadier General Peter Jan de Vin. Also present
via social media were Commander of the 612th Theater Operations Group and 474th Air
Expeditionary Group, Headquarters Twelfth Air Force, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, AZ,
Colonel Travis L. Ingber, and a few other invited guests.
Lieutenant Colonel Sinclair distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to
the U.S. as Commander, Detachment 2, 612th Theater Operations Group, Headquarters
Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Curaçao and Aruba USFOLs. During this period,
Colonel Sinclair led 270 Airmen and contractors responsible for the execution of a US $101
million base operation enabling over 120 flight hours.
Furthermore, his team supported more than 30 counter narcotics aircraft, flying 80 missions
with the support of 240 deployed personnel resulting in 18 arrests and disrupting US $448
million of illicit drugs.
Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel Sinclair was instrumental in the support of four Hurricane
Hunter aircraft ensuring 34 storm penetrations enabling the most up to date information was
provided on category five Hurricane Dorian.
Finally, working closely together with the Government of Curacao and the U.S. Consulate
General, Lieutenant Colonel Sinclair led the largest deployment to Curacao in over a decade,
consisting of three Air Expeditionary Squadrons, 186 personnel, and four aircraft during the
His successor, Lieutenant Colonel McCoy was the Director of Operations for the 755th
Operations Support Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. (full bio attached)
The USFOLs on Curacao and Aruba and the 429th Expeditionary Operations Squadron
support multinational aircraft operations that conduct detection, monitoring, and tracking
missions that play an important role in counter-drug efforts in the region. USFOL Curaçao was
established because of a multilateral agreement between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and
the United States whereby aircraft and crews deploy to the USFOL on a temporary basis to
conduct counter-drug operations.