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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, April 18 2012

Today's Focus:

U.S. Army North Southwest Border Commanders Conference

Senior Leaders are Saying

This month, our Army commemorates National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and reaffirms our commitment to eradicate sexual assault and sexual harassment in our ranks and in our Army communities...

- Senior leader message

Read more: Tri- Signed letter: Sexual Assault Awareness Month- April 2012

Related: STAND-TO!: National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

What They're Saying

Some people, they don't know that within the U.S. Army, [are] people with different faiths, they serve there, without any discrimination, without any problem. These are things our people don't know. They will be more than happy to hear things like that.

- Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, the Ambassador to the United States from Afghanistan, commends the simple actions of Sgt. Stephen Hirt, an imagery analyst and part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington D.C., April 13, 2012

Afghanistan ambassador invites U.S. Soldier to embassy

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

April

National Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Month Related STAND-TO! Related website: SHARP

Month of the Military Child


April 15 - 22: Days of Remembrance for Victims of the Holocaust

April 22: Earth Day

May

National Mental Health Month: Related website- Army Medicine Behavioral Health
National Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Women's Health Care Month: Related website- Health Women
National Military Appreciation Month
Military Spouse Appreciation Day: Related website- Army.mil: Army Families

May 5 - 7: 5th Annual I. A.M. Strong Campaign Prevention Summit (Registration)

Today's Focus

U.S. Army North Southwest Border Commanders Conference

What is it?

U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) brings together leaders of the Mexican and U.S. military in an annual Border Commanders Conference (BCC) to discuss issues related to the border security of both nations. This is one of many Army North engagements designed to exchange information with our partner to the south as they directly fight transnational criminal organizations. Additionally, the conference serves as a venue to strengthen interoperability to better respond to disasters along the border. Attendees include Mexican military regional commanders and members of Army North and U.S. Northern Command. The BCC is hosted on a rotational basis by U.S. Army North and the Mexican Army. Last year, the conference was held in Chihuahua, Mexico.

What has the Army done?

The Border Commanders Conference, established in 1987, has served as a forum to improve mutual cooperation and understanding between our two armies. This year's conference, which took place April 11-13 in Albuquerque, N.M., included discussions of border challenges, cross-border disaster response, and military lessons learned. Past conferences have resulted in U.S. Army North facilitating discussions between the Mexican Army and U.S. law enforcement agencies on border security as well as additional engagements with the Mexican military as they continue to build their capabilities to fight transnational criminal organizations.

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

Army North, as the Joint Force Land Component Command of U.S. Northern Command, will continue to strengthen relations with the Mexican military through a myriad of regular exchanges, engagements and training events. These endeavors are part of a whole of government effort to secure our nation that includes the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice and other agencies.

Why is this important to the Army?

A strong military-to-military relationship iFmproves cooperative defense and enhances the overall ability of the U.S. and Mexican governments to secure the Southwest border. The United States and Mexico have a shared responsibility to disrupt, degrade and defeat transnational criminal organization. A secure border supports the goal of both nations to facilitate the flow of legitimate trade and travel between our countries.

Resources:

Mexico background notes, U.S. Department of State

U.S. Embassy in Mexico

U.S. Army North

U.S. Northern Command

U.S. Army North on Facebook

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