Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Rob Manning, Under Secretary of the Army Public Affairs
Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal thanks Maj. Gen. Fernando Jose' Lavaquail Sardenberg, commander of the Brazilian Airborne Brigade, during a tours of the unit in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. Westphal met with the unit in order to assess future Army requirements and discuss regional security and cooperation efforts. Discussions centered on maintaining the Army-to-Army and service-to-service relationship that the U.S. and Brazil have developed over the years, and the Brazilian Army's role during the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Westphal stressed the importance of maintaining relationships, expanding partnerships into areas of mutual interest and deepening U.S.-Brazil defense cooperation to effectively confront shared security challenges.