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U.S. Army and Chilean Army Staff Talks

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

As we have for 60 years, we maintain our commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea. We continue to keep a watchful eye on the north, but I can assure you that we do not feel there is a threat to the South Korean mainland at this time. As always, our forces are trained and ready if North Korea takes any other hostile actions.


-- Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, 8th Army commanding general, released a message on the Northwest Island incident Nov. 24.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"A current risk across our military is that of an active shooter lashing out for whatever reason. We need to be prepared to stop one and to prevent/minimize risk to the people on the installation. We have been training personnel across Fort Sam Houston on how to react as individuals, and we are also training on how to conduct an installation response to an active shooter."

-- Col. Mary Garr, 502nd Mission Support Group commander.

Joint exercise tests ability to handle active shooter incident

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

November 2010

Military Family Appreciation Month (Presidential Proclamation)

Warrior Care Month (Warrior Transition command)

Native American Heritage Month


Nov. 16 & 17: Medal of Honor White House & Pentagon ceremonies for Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta

Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Holiday

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Updated on the first of each month: Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

U.S. Army and Chilean Army Staff Talks

What is it?

U.S. Army South, as the Army's Executive Agent, will conduct bilateral staff talks with the Chilean Army Nov. 29 - Dec. 1. The U.S. Army Staff Talks Program serves as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussion between respective armies. The Staff Talks Program seeks to promote bilateral efforts in order to develop professional partnerships and increase interaction between partner nation 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.

The overall objective of the U.S. Army Staff Talks Program in Latin America is to promote peace and stability in Central and South America, and the Caribbean through mutual understanding, partnership, and cooperation.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army has engaged in annual bilateral staff talks with the Chilean Army for the past five years. 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.

What efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The goal during the staff talks is to develop a bilateral engagement plan with the Chilean Army, which continues to strengthen its relationship with the U.S. Army. The two armies will develop knowledge, capabilities and support for current and future peace-keeping operations.

The U.S. Army will continue to support the Chilean Army's effort to serve as an active leader in providing security, protecting human rights and promoting peace and stability. Their efforts in these staff talks will help increase interoperability with the U.S. military and support Chile's transformation toward joint operations.

Why is this important to the Army?

The U.S. Army's capabilities in the region are greatly influenced by the partnerships forged with partner nation armies. Strengthening the relationship with the Chilean Army through these talks will have lasting effects on the peace and stability of the region. With its highly capable military and law enforcement agencies serving as models of professionalism in the region, Chile is a key player in enhancing security in the region.

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