Chilean general tours TRADOC
July 27, 2012
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.