• FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. David Halverson, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, during a gift exchange July 25 at TRADOC headquarters. Pesse's visit to headquarters was part of a larger visit to TRADOC locations, which included a previous visit to Fort Benning, Ga., and was followed by a visit to the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. (U.S. Army photo by Christian DeLuca)

    Chilean general tours TRADOC

    FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, shakes hands with Lt. Gen. David Halverson, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, during a gift exchange July 25 at...

  • FORT BENNING, Ga. -- First Sergeant Pablo Velasco, partner-nation instructor from the Ecuadoran army, describes the operation of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation's NCO Academy to Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, during Pesse's visit to Fort Benning, Ga., July 24. Pesse viewed a variety of training venues during his U.S. Army Training and Doctrine tour. (U.S. Army photo by Lee Rials)

    Chilean general tours TRADOC

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- First Sergeant Pablo Velasco, partner-nation instructor from the Ecuadoran army, describes the operation of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation's NCO Academy to Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean...

  • FORT BENNING, Ga. -- First Sergeant Charlie Carrasco, first sergeant of the Benavidez NCO Academy, welcomes Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, during his tour of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command installations. Following Pesse are Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation's Command Sgt. Maj. Julio Candelario and Col. Erardo Veloso, chief of staff of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command. (U.S. Army photo by Lee Rials)

    Chilean general tours TRADOC

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- First Sergeant Charlie Carrasco, first sergeant of the Benavidez NCO Academy, welcomes Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, during his tour of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command...

  • FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, presents Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation Commandant Col. Glenn Huber with an atlas of the Chilean army as Col. Alberto Sepulveda, Columbian Army, and the institute's assistant commandant, looks on. (U.S. Army photo by Lee Rials)

    Chilean general tours TRADOC

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, presents Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation Commandant Col. Glenn Huber with an atlas of the Chilean army as Col. Alberto Sepulveda...

  • FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, addresses the Intermediate Level Education Course students at Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. The institute's course, the same as the Army's course at the Combined Arms Center but taught in Spanish, has 55 students from 12 nations in the current class, which will graduate in May, 2013. (Nations represented are: Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and the United States.) (U.S. Army photo by Lee Rials)

    Chilean general tours TRADOC

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, addresses the Intermediate Level Education Course students at Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. The institute's course, the same...

  • : FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, hears about the Maneuver Captains Career Course from retired Col. Baldimiro Gonzalez, director of the 23-week course in session now at the institute. Also pictured are WHINSEC commandant, Col. Glenn Huber; Chilean army partner-nation instructor, Lt. Col. Ricardo Stangher; and Lt. Col. Ricardo Duarte, deputy director of the Chilean army's infantry school and part of the Pesse party. (U.S. Army photo by Lee Rials)

    Chilean general tours TRADOC

    : FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, hears about the Maneuver Captains Career Course from retired Col. Baldimiro Gonzalez, director of the 23-week course in session now at the institute...

  • FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation Instructor retired Col. Carlos Rodriguez discusses the activities of a section of ILE students with Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command, during a visit to WHINSEC July 24. The Intermediate Level Education Class of 2013 has 55 students representing 12 nations; it is arranged in four sections with U.S. and partner-nation instructors acting as facilitators using the Army Learning Model. To Rodriguez's right is Col. Alberto Sepulveda, WHINSEC assistant commandant, Colombian army. (U.S. Army photo by Lee Rials)

    Chilean general tours TRADOC

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation Instructor retired Col. Carlos Rodriguez discusses the activities of a section of ILE students with Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse, commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine...

FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- The commandant of the Chilean Education and Doctrine Command spent some time with his American counterparts at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command to meet with leaders and learn more about the command during a visit here July 24 through 26.

Lt. Gen. Bosco Pesse's time at TRADOC was part of a larger visit, which included time at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Ga., and an upcoming visit to the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

During the two-day visit, Pesse received an overview of the command from Lt. Gen. David Halverson, TRADOC's deputy commanding general, and toured several facilities, including Initial Military Training, the Training Brain Operation Center and the Army Training Support Center.

Pesse said the visit was very helpful and provided an opportunity to look at many different options for training and processes, which, in turn, could be helpful to the Chilean army during its time of transformation -- a modernization that has taken place throughout the last 15 years.

"We are living in a very uncertain world, and we need leaders that are adaptable, that are flexible, that can make good decisions …" he said. "And because of this uncertainty, there aren't any recipes (for leadership); it's not in the book."

He noted that regardless of the army, there are things that must always be taken into account -- core values like discipline, loyalty and teamwork.

"We call it 'cimientos' -- when you start building the structure; the foundation," Pesse said.
In addition to discussing processes and exchanging ideas, the general said the visit also provided something much more valuable: strengthening the partnership between the U.S. and Chile.

"To extend our partnership and strong relations that we have kept with the United States, particularly with the United States Army, for many years -- I think that's probably the most important thing," he said.

Pesse said all the people he met throughout his visit were very helpful and supportive, and he appreciated the open dialogue; however, one of the things that stood out most was the Army's regard for its Soldiers.

"One of the things that I really got a strong feeling about during my visit here -- and at Benning -- is the caring about people," he said. "That's something I think motivates and helps morale and the respect for everybody."

This visit is one of several ongoing initiatives between the two countries. Past U.S. visitors to Chile include Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas, the Army South commanding general, and Joseph Westphal, the undersecretary of the Army. Chile and the U.S. also participate in a number of exchange programs with West Point, the Army War College, WHINSEC and Captains Career Courses.

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