WASHINGTON -- The mission and capabilities of the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region were described in detail to a delegation of senior military officers from Colombia at Fort Lesley J. McNair, 25 July, 2013.

The visit to Fort McNair is part of the U.S. Army Staff Talks Program which serves as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussions between respective armies. The program seeks to promote bilateral efforts in order to develop professional partnerships and increase interaction between partner nation armies.

Such engagements enhance army-to-army contacts and mutual understanding, provide training and discussions in areas of mutual interest, and assist partner nation armies in building capacity.

Army South, on behalf of the Chief of Staff of the Army, has engaged in annual bilateral staff talks with Brazil, Chile, Colombia and El Salvador for many years. The staff talks have been instrumental in enhancing the interoperability and cooperation between the armies, which has contributed to increased stability in the region. The U.S. Army's efforts are integrated with the U.S. Southern commander's theater campaign plan and linked to mission strategic resources.