FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii --Thirty six senior military officers from 36 different countries recently visited Hawaii to tour military bases, training sites and interact with key Army leaders across the island of Oahu, Feb. 20 and 21.

The foreign officers are all recent graduates from the U.S. Army War College. Each year the Chief of Staff of the Army extends an invitation to 40 individuals to attend. The academic year exposes these individuals to military concepts, doctrine and national and theater-level strategies.

Members of the group met with U. S. Army Pacific Deputy Commander, Maj. Gen. Roger Mathews, who briefed them on the current Army stance in the Pacific and fielded questions from all visitors.

"Our overall strength as a unit starts here, with engagements like this," said Mathews. "It starts with us sharing our beliefs as leaders and combining our strengths to succeed.

The group also visited the Pacific Command headquarters and visited the Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, received an Asia-Pacific Improvised Explosive Device program tour and demonstration and toured the U.S. Army Museum on island.