Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Rob Manning, Under Secretary of the Army Public Affairs
Under Secretary of the Army, HON Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, attends the military parade during Chile's Fiestas Patrias. Dr. 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 September 18th & 19th, commemorating the proclamation of the First Governing Body of 1810, and marking the beginning of the Chilean independence process. September 19th is known as the "Day of the Glories of the (Chilean) Army" and is marked by a full pass and review of troops and first responders. Westphal also met with key government and military officials in order to assess future Army requirements and discuss regional security and cooperation efforts.