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STAND-TO! Edition: Monday, March 14, 2011

Today's Focus:

U.S. Army South and Central American Commanders' Conference

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"America is a lot of things today, but America is still a country of dreams"

- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., talks to students at North Middle School in Radcliffe, Ky, as he officially launches Project PASS - Partnership for All Student Success - and the new Junior Leadership Corps for seventh- and eighth-graders, March 11

Army unveils Project PASS and Junior Leadership Corps

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

“I thank God for this. I did not know that this would be my path in life, yet I stand here knowing that there is nothing else for me. Once I became a Soldier, I also became a part of a family."

- Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Walker, recipient the Legion of Merit for his 30 years of service,

Soldiers Receive Purple Hearts at Lee Ceremony

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

2011: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

March:

Women's History Month - Women in the US Army

Brain Injury Awareness Month - Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

TODAY'S FOCUS

U.S. Army South and Central American Commanders' Conference

What is it?

U.S. Army South will host Central American commanders from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, March 14 - 17, 2011. The Central American Commanders' Conference provides an opportunity for military discussion between the respective armies. The conference seeks to promote regional efforts in order to mature military relationships, and increase interaction between partner nation armies. It also provides a venue suitable for open discussions where regional partners can present concerns and explore reasonable approaches in the areas of security and illicit trafficking. The overall objective of the conference is to promote peace and stability in Central America through mutual understanding, partnership, and cooperation.

What has the Army done?

U.S. Army South has participated in or hosted numerous senior leader conferences with armies from Central and South America and Caribbean nations. The open discussion that takes place in these conferences facilitates cooperative action among the region's nations. The meetings have been instrumental in strengthening professional relationships and collaboration between the respective armies, which has contributed to stability in the region.

What efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

U.S. Army South executes several key leader and army-to-army engagements throughout the year. Key leader visits, professional exchange programs, and the presence of partner and liaison officers assigned to the headquarters all help to nurture trust and collaboration. Key leader engagements this year include visits by army commanders from Chile and Colombia, as well as engagements by senior partner nation leaders inside of our annual exercises. This year U.S. Army South hosted Army Staff Talks with Colombia and will hold talks with Brazil, Chile and El Salvador later in the year.

Why is this important to the Army?

The U.S. Army's capabilities in the region and elsewhere are greatly influenced by the relationships forged with partner nation armies. Partner armies in the region have assisted in disaster relief and continue to support combat operations. El Salvador deployed 11 rotations of soldiers to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 to 2009. Increasing partner nation capabilities at home and in global multinational operations is enormously beneficial to U.S. and world interests. Strengthening our relationships with the armies from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua through this conference will have lasting effects on the peace and stability of the region.

Resources:

US Army South

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