U.S. Army South opening ceremony for the 14th iteration of "Programa Integral para Suboficiales de Alta Jerarquía"(PISAJ).
CSM Jose S. Lopez, WHINSEC CSM, participates during the opening ceremony of the Integral Program for Senior Non-commissioned Officers(PISAJ). Both Lopez and 1SG Rocio Kremer, WHINSEC's Roy P. Benavidez NCO Academy deputy commandant are scheduled to present during the two-week virtual seminar.
The PISAJ series of seminary focuses to increase the capabilities of the Senior NCOs in Colombia and reinforce the professional development program of the NCOs of our military forces. PISAJ 14 will allow participants to conduct a professional lecture with various Command Sergeants Major from various Components. In addition, our Sergeants Major and strategic allies will further develop the essential leadership competencies of the students of the Colombian Joint Sergeant Major Academy, while increasing their critical thinking capabilities and understanding of mission command concepts.
According to SGM Alejandro Pereyra Alaniz, NCOIC for the event, "This iteration has a Strategic Leadership approach. We also want to provide the necessary tools to create a curricular template for the future Academy of Sergeants Mayors in Colombia. Instructors from the The U.S. Army NCO Leadership Center of Excellence will facilitate the creation and development of a curricular plan consistent with the needs of the future Academy of Sergeants Major for the Colombian armed forces."
The program is an accord between the USA and Colombia and will run until 2023. This year Senior Enlisted from Brazil and México have been invited by Colombia and are participating as well.