VICENZA, Italy - To mark the beginning of a growing relationship with Angola, Gen. Lucio Amaral, commander of the Angolan Land Forces, recently spent three days with U.S. Army Africa Commander Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy.

Amaral participated in three briefings, met with 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Soldiers, and made site visits to USARAF’s Skills Engagement Center, Contingency Command Post, and the Current Operations Integration Center.

“Angola is a very important country in south central Africa, and because of their history we haven’t really done a lot with them,” said Lt. Col. Ulises Calvo, desk officer with USARAF’s Security Cooperation Directorate.

“We hope that’s going to change this year, and if you look at the activities we have planned for the next couple of years with them, I think it’s the start of a good, growing relationship,” he said.