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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Today's Focus:

Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias 2011

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"When we see something like sexual assault in our own ranks, it makes me sick. Put simply, there is no excuse for it. We have the responsibility to treat the survivors with dignity and respect."

-Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, III Corps commanding general, emphasized on the responsibility of leadership, the command as well as the fellow Soldiers to help the survivors of sexual assault incidents, at the Fort Hood Sexual Assault Awareness Month proclamation signing event, April 4

Victim, general give personal insights into pain of sexual assault

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Seeing the systems work together gives them the actual experience of what they will do in the field. We see the big picture of what we are really doing out there. Our communications is what help keep Soldiers on the ground safe."

- Staff Sgt. Tyrene Lesane, the Readiness noncommissioned officer for the 101st Signal Battalion, speaks about the hands-on Warfighter Information Network-Tactical training that Soldiers are receiving at Fort Drum Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site. WIN-T is a mobile satellite communication and terrestrial network able to move voice, video and data across long distances for forces on-the-move in combat.

New York Guard Soldiers train on WIN-T before Afghanistan mission

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

April:

Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month:
- Army's SHARP Program

Month of the Military Child: Operation Military Kids website

Celebrate Diversity Month:
- Asian Pacific Americans in the US Army
- African Americans in the US Army
- Hispanic Americans in the US Army
- Women in the US Army

TODAY'S FOCUS

Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias 2011

What is it?

U.S. Army South will conduct Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias 2011 (FA HUM 11) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from April 4-15. FA HUM 11 is a multinational exercise which includes military and civilian personnel from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Canada, Great Britain and the United States, as well as representatives of international and regional organizations. FA HUM 11 promotes regional partnerships and cooperation and coordination among military organizations, governments, and non-governmental agencies in the conduct of disaster relief and recovery efforts.

What has the Army done?

U.S. Army South has been collaborating with disaster management agencies and regional military forces in enhancing military and civil cooperation and coordination for several years. El Salvador hosted FA HUM in 2008 and Costa Rica hosted in 2009 with over 25 nations participating each year. FA HUM was cancelled in 2010 due to the disaster relief efforts in Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response. Over 30 nations are scheduled to participate in FA HUM 11.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

U.S. Army South executes several multinational exercises and army-to-army engagements with Latin American partner nations throughout the year. These exercises are instrumental in strengthening professional relationships and collaboration between the respective armies. Army engagements this year include key leader visits, professional exchange programs and army staff talks.

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 contingency operations. The contributions of Latin American countries have been critical to disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Increasing partner nation capabilities at home and in global multinational operations is enormously beneficial to U.S. and world interests. Strengthening our relationships with partner nation armies through this exercise will have lasting effects on the peace and stability of the region.

Resource:

U.S. Army South website

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