Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Rob Manning, Under Secretary of the Army Public Affairs
Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal (far right), and his spouse thank Maj. Gen. Luis Perez Ojeda (far left) during Chile's Fiestas Patrias. Westphal represented the United States as the senior official in attendance for Chile's Independence Day Ceremonies and National Army Day Ceremonies. The Fiestas Patrias of Chile occurs Sept. 18-19, commemorating the proclamation of the First Governing Body of 1810, and marking the beginning of the Chilean independence process. Westphal met with key government and military officials in order to assess future Army requirements and discuss regional security and cooperation efforts.