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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, July 15 2011

Today's Focus:

U.S. Army and El Salvador Army Staff Talks

Senior Leaders are Saying

There’s a tendency in this country, and I would say not only the military, but civilians too, to shun those who have some kind of behavioral health issue. That’s probably been the biggest leadership challenge that I’ve had in my current job: Changing a culture to accept that the hidden wounds of war are just as serious as the ones people see.

-Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli , while speaking to about 230 high school leaders at the Bank of America Student Leadership Conference about the leadership lessons he’s learned in the Army at the Washington Navy Yard, July 12, 2011, emphasized the importance of seeking help for behavioral issues.

Vice chief gives high schoolers leadership lessons

What They're Saying

I have truly enjoyed being an infantryman, I really hope to continue to service everybody working in this MOS (military occupational specialty) and providing better technology to make sure they come home safer, make them more lethal and more efficient on the battle field.

- Spc. Nicholas C. Johnson, an infantryman assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, has been working with the Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications.

Soldier creates smart phone apps


Today's Focus

U.S. Army and El Salvador Army Staff Talks

What is it?

U.S. Army South, as the Army's Executive Agent, will conduct bilateral staff talks with the El Salvador Army July 19-22 in San Salvador, El Salvador. The U.S. Army Staff Talks Program serves as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussions 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 Salvadoran 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 Salvadoran 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, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and other combined operations.

The U.S. Army will continue to support El Salvador’s army efforts 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.

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 Salvadoran 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, El Salvador is a key player in enhancing security in the region.

Additionally, the U.S. Army appreciates the significant contribution the Salvadoran army has made to coalition efforts in Iraq. The Salvadoran army has deployed 11 rotations of soldiers to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Through these important staff talks, the U.S. Army and El Salvador can discuss opportunities to partner in the future.


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