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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, December 11 2012

Today's Focus:

Conference of American Armies' Extraordinary Commanders' Meeting

Senior Leaders are Saying

What we do in Army Medicine is about taking care of America's sons and daughters. That's why we exist. And we will do everything in our power to do that.

- U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jimmie O. Keenan, the commanding general of U.S. Army Public Health Command and chief of the Army Nurse Corps

Chief Army Nurse visits Bagram

What They're Saying

By October 2014, Army transition efforts will be scattered throughout the lifetime of a Soldier so you don't begin to think about transitioning the last year or so. Rather, you start the transitioning process the first year or so so you can prepare yourself with plans, certification, networking and so on throughout your career, whether it's just a 12-month mobilization or a 30-year career.

- retired Army Col. Walter Herd, director of the Army Transition Program, headquartered at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command

Soldiers getting enhanced transition assistance

A Culture of Engagement

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Today's Focus

Conference of American Armies' Extraordinary Commanders' Meeting

What is it?

The Conference of American Armies (CAA) comprises of 20 member armies, five observer armies and two international military organizations from the Caribbean, Central, North and South American nations. It is a forum for chiefs of armies to come together and discuss issues of mutual interest in order to contribute to hemispheric security, protection against threats and to enhance interpersonal relationships.

The CAA usually conducts a commanders' conference once every two years with specialized conferences interspersed throughout the two-year cycle. In 2011, Peru hosted the biennial commanders' conference and at that time the members agreed to add an extraordinary commanders' meeting in 2012.

The U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH) commanding general will lead a U.S. delegation to the Conference of the American Armies (CAA) Extraordinary Commanders' Meeting on behalf of the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) on Dec. 10-13 in Mexico City, Mexico.

What has the Army done?

Since 1960, the CAA has provided a venue for the CSA to engage in dialogue with counterparts in the region. At the extraordinary commanders' meeting the members will discuss findings from specialized conferences that took place in the last 12 months in areas such as communications, legal, science and technology, emerging threats and risk situations and disaster relief operations. In July, ARSOUTH hosted and the commandant of the Army's Judge Advocate General Center and School chaired the specialized legal conference in San Antonio. ARSOUTH is the Army's action agent and hosts the Army's CAA liaison office.

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

The CAA provides a venue for continual direct engagement with senior military leaders to ensure an understanding of partner nation issues facing land force commanders. ARSOUTH will continue to work with the CAA and, through other venues, conduct and support multinational operations and partnerships with security cooperation in U.S. Southern Command's (SOUTHCOM) area of responsibility in order to counter emerging threats and strengthen regional security in defense of the homeland while supporting the CSA's vision.

Why is this important to the Army?

The CAA permits an open exchange of information and allows leaders to discuss lessons learned. It also helps partner nations build and sustain capability and capacity. Member armies in CAA partner each year with ARSOUTH and SOUTHCOM in exercises such as Peace Keeping Operations-Americas and Fuerzas-Aliadas Humanitarias. Last year's conferences highlighted transnational criminal organizations as a main topic of discussion.

Resources:

U.S. Army South Public Website

U.S. Army South Facebook

Conference of American Armies

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