• Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia (left), the Chilean army international affairs director, and Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (right) the U.S. Army South commanding general, sign a memorandum of understanding during the closing ceremony of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean armies Nov. 7 in Santiago, Chile. The staff talks took place Nov. 5-7 and served as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussion between respective armies. The engagements enhance army-to-army contacts and mutual understanding, providing the partner nation armies with insights concerning specific U.S. Army programs, areas of mutual interest, and assisting partner nation armies in areas of modernization or reform. (U.S. Army photo by Eric R. Lucero, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia (left), the...

    Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia (left), the Chilean army international affairs director, and Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (right) the U.S. Army South commanding general, sign a memorandum of understanding during the closing ceremony of the...

  • Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (right) the U.S. Army South commanding general, speaks to delegations of U.S. Army South and Chilean army staff officers during the closing ceremony of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean armies Nov. 7 in Santiago, Chile. The staff talks took place Nov. 5-7 and served as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussion between respective armies. The engagements enhance army-to-army contacts and mutual understanding, providing the partner nation armies with insights concerning specific U.S. Army programs, areas of mutual interest, and assisting partner nation armies in areas of modernization or reform. (U.S. Army photo by Eric R. Lucero, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (right) the...

    Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (right) the U.S. Army South commanding general, speaks to delegations of U.S. Army South and Chilean army staff officers during the closing ceremony of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean armies...

  • Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (right) the U.S. Army South commanding general, shakes hands with Chilean Col. Rodrigo Urrutia, the director of the Escuela Militar following a tour of the military academy Nov. 7 in Santiago, Chile. (U.S. Army photo by Eric R. Lucero, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (right) the...

    Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (right) the U.S. Army South commanding general, shakes hands with Chilean Col. Rodrigo Urrutia, the director of the Escuela Militar following a tour of the military academy Nov. 7 in Santiago, Chile. (U.S. Army photo by...

  • Col. Tim Hodge (left), the Army South chief of international military affairs, speaks with Chilean Col. Rene Fernandez, the Chilean army international affairs chief, during the second day of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean Nov. 6 in Santiago, Chile. The staff talks are scheduled to take place Nov. 5-7 and will serve as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussion between respective armies. The engagements enhance army-to-army contacts and mutual understanding, providing the partner nation armies with insights concerning specific U.S. Army programs, areas of mutual interest, and assisting partner nation armies in areas of modernization or reform. (U.S. Army photo by Eric R. Lucero, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    Col. Tim Hodge (left), the Army South chief of...

    Col. Tim Hodge (left), the Army South chief of international military affairs, speaks with Chilean Col. Rene Fernandez, the Chilean army international affairs chief, during the second day of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean...

  • Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia (center), the Chilean army international affairs director, guides Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (right) the U.S. Army South commanding general, during a tour of the Museo Historico y Militar de Chile (Chilean Military History Museum) during the second day of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean Nov. 6 in Santiago, Chile. The staff talks are scheduled to take place Nov. 5-7 and will serve as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussion between respective armies. The engagements enhance army-to-army contacts and mutual understanding, providing the partner nation armies with insights concerning specific U.S. Army programs, areas of mutual interest, and assisting partner nation armies in areas of modernization or reform. (U.S. Army photo by Eric R. Lucero, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia (center), the...

    Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia (center), the Chilean army international affairs director, guides Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (right) the U.S. Army South commanding general, during a tour of the Museo Historico y Militar de Chile (Chilean Military...

  • Col. Brian McNaughton (center), the U.S. Army South deputy commander for operations, speaks with Chilean officer during the second day of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean Nov. 6 in Santiago, Chile. The staff talks are scheduled to take place Nov. 5-7 and will serve as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussion between respective armies. The engagements enhance army-to-army contacts and mutual understanding, providing the partner nation armies with insights concerning specific U.S. Army programs, areas of mutual interest, and assisting partner nation armies in areas of modernization or reform. (U.S. Army photo by Eric R. Lucero, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    Col. Brian McNaughton (center), the U.S. Army...

    Col. Brian McNaughton (center), the U.S. Army South deputy commander for operations, speaks with Chilean officer during the second day of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean Nov. 6 in Santiago, Chile. The staff talks are scheduled...

  • Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (left), the U.S. Army South commanding general, speaks with Chilean Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia (center) the Chilean army international affairs director, and Chilean Lt. Gen. Antonio Cordero, the Chilean army chief of staff, during the second day of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean Nov. 6 in Santiago, Chile. The staff talks are scheduled to take place Nov. 5-7 and will serve as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussion between respective armies. The engagements enhance army-to-army contacts and mutual understanding, providing the partner nation armies with insights concerning specific U.S. Army programs, areas of mutual interest, and assisting partner nation armies in areas of modernization or reform. (U.S. Army photo by Eric R. Lucero, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (left), the...

    Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim (left), the U.S. Army South commanding general, speaks with Chilean Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia (center) the Chilean army international affairs director, and Chilean Lt. Gen. Antonio Cordero, the Chilean army chief...

  • Chilean Lt. Gen. Antonio Cordero (standing), the Chilean army chief of staff, speaks to the Chilean and U.S. delegations during the second day of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean Nov. 6 in Santiago, Chile. The staff talks are scheduled to take place Nov. 5-7 and will serve as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussion between respective armies. The engagements enhance army-to-army contacts and mutual understanding, providing the partner nation armies with insights concerning specific U.S. Army programs, areas of mutual interest, and assisting partner nation armies in areas of modernization or reform. (U.S. Army photo by Eric R. Lucero, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    Chilean Lt. Gen. Antonio Cordero (standing)...

    Chilean Lt. Gen. Antonio Cordero (standing), the Chilean army chief of staff, speaks to the Chilean and U.S. delegations during the second day of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean Nov. 6 in Santiago, Chile. The staff talks are...

  • Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia (back turned), the Chilean army international affairs director, speaks to a delegation of U.S. Army South staff officers during the closing ceremony of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean armies Nov. 7 in Santiago, Chile. The staff talks took place Nov. 5-7 and served as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussion between respective armies....The engagements enhance army-to-army contacts and mutual understanding, providing the partner nation armies with insights concerning specific U.S. Army programs, areas of mutual interest, and assisting partner nation armies in areas of modernization or reform. (U.S. Army photo by Eric R. Lucero, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia (back turned)...

    Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia (back turned), the Chilean army international affairs director, speaks to a delegation of U.S. Army South staff officers during the closing ceremony of the army-to-army staff talks between the U.S. and Chilean armies Nov...

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim, the U.S. Army South commanding general, joined Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia, the Chilean army international affairs director, during the closing ceremony of the army-to-army staff talks between the two armies here Nov. 7, to sign a memorandum of understanding detailing more than two dozen events that are scheduled to be conducted throughout the next year.
The staff talks were held Nov. 5-7 and served as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussion between the two armies. The engagements enhance army-to-army contacts and mutual understanding, provide partner nation armies with insights concerning specific U.S. Army programs and areas of mutual interest, and assist partner nation armies like Chile in areas of modernization and reform.
The U.S. Army has engaged in annual bilateral staff talks with the Chilean army for the past seven years. Army South, on behalf of the U.S. Army, conducts the annual staff talks with the Chilean army.
"The staff talks are intended to allow us to both agree on things and I think most importantly, to disagree on things and understand the position of the other country's military," said Rudesheim. "Anytime you have a forum to do that, you have a very special opportunity to understand another nation's army and understand what its concerns are and how its leadership views things. That professional aspect is absolutely critical."
Chilean Lt. Gen. Antonio Cordero, the Chilean chief of staff, agreed with Rudesheim's assessment and emphasized the critical nature of being able to work side-by-side to find collaborative solutions to mutual challenges.
"Our armies have many similarities," said Cordero. "These talks offer an important opportunity for us to come together to exchange ideas. By working together, we can make our armies stronger and more versatile to be able to meet future challenges."
This year's staff talks were centered on two themes: Promoting Regional Security and Stability and Strengthening Doctrine and Operational Capacity to Improve Interoperability. Specific areas of discussion included increasing the Chilean army's participation in joint regional support exercises and operations with the U.S. Army, increasing participation in the institutes and academies of the U.S. and Chilean armies for the purpose of exchanging doctrinal aspects of education and training, and supporting the Chilean army in developing a certification process for its armored units.
In addition, the two delegations discussed strategies to improve the Chilean army's aviation interoperability capability and military health capabilities.
The two armies also agreed to conduct a series of future peacekeeping training events, to include subject matter exchanges, and support humanitarian and disaster response operations and exercises. In addition, the Chilean army is considering sending a team of engineers to participate in Beyond the Horizon 2013, scheduled to take place in El Salvador. Beyond the Horizon is an annual exercise deploying military engineers and medical professionals to partner nation countries for training, while providing services to rural communities. Beyond the Horizon is part of U.S. Southern Command's annual humanitarian and civic assistance program.
With its highly capable military and law enforcement agencies serving as models of professionalism in the region and supporting exercises like BTH, Chile is a key player in enhancing security in the region.
"Chile is considered one of our most important partners for security cooperation in the region," said Maj. Mario Castro, the Army South southern cone desk officer. "It is very important to maintain and improve relations with countries that have strong capabilities like Chile. Staff talks like this improve the interoperability of both armies to be able to conduct mutual participation in humanitarian or disaster relief exercises like Beyond the Horizons or Fuerzas Aliadas Unidas."
The staff talks have been instrumental in enhancing the interoperability and cooperation between the two armies, which have contributed to increased stability in the region.
As a result, U.S. forces' capabilities have also improved by gaining lessons learned from the Chilean army in peacekeeping and disaster response operations.
"The U.S. military is entering a transition period in which it is imperative that we work closely with our partners, especially with capable armies like Chile, which has troops deployed throughout the world in different peace and stability missions," said Maj. Lance Awbrey, the Army section chief in Chile. "These staff talks help forge that close relationship ensuring that our partnership remains strong into the future."

Page last updated Fri November 16th, 2012 at 00:00