Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas - The Peruvian Army Commanding Gen. Jorge Céliz Kuong conducts a trip to Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston to meet with Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, U.S. Army South Commander to engage U.S. Army medical and maneuver centers from Feb. 26-27.

"This trip is extremely important to me and my staff who joins me, because it will help the institutional transformation process we are conducting in Peru," said Céliz. "Here, for instance, we see how the United States develops this same process, something that they have come far in implementing already."

Céliz and his Peruvian army training and doctrine leaders engaged with Army South leadership to advance the regional partnership and to present the Peruvian army transformation efforts. The visit also allowed the Peruvian leaders to visit other location on the installation including the U.S. Army Health Readiness Center of Excellence to better understand the training and education provided to the U.S. Army Soldiers and also the training provided to the instructors.

During this visit Céliz addressed his vision, Peruvian guidelines for the transformation, and the current status of the Peruvian army's transformation process.

"We are committed to modernizing, creating real and effective capabilities, becoming a multi-mission army, however, always in compliance with the security needs of our society," Céliz also pointed out interoperability as a strategic effort between the armed forces and police to facilitate the fight against challenges that "affect nearly all nations of the Southern Hemisphere, such as narcotrafficking."

"Engagements such as this one are opportunities to build interoperability and to learn more about our partner nations, their concerns, and where our mutual interests align to enhance readiness and increase regional security," said Stammer.

Following their visit to Texas, the Peruvian leadership and Army South leaders made a visit to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning to better understand the maneuver training and education provided to the U.S. Army Soldiers.

Celiz said the Peruvian army is currently working on combining its own maneuver training and plans to take advantage of the instructor training opportunities with the U.S. Army.