The Chilean Chief of the Joint Staff, Lt. Gen. Hernan Mardones Rios and several members of his staff received a mission and capabilities briefing during their visit to the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (JFHQ-NCR/MDW) at Fort Lesley J. McNair Feb. 26, 2013.

Mardones is participating in the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Counterpart Visits to the United States program and his briefing by Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, JFHQ-NCR/MDW commanding general, focused on interagency relationships, Joint Task Force employment and disaster response during National Special Security Events (NSSEs) in the NCR.

JFHQ-NCR plans, coordinates, maintains situational awareness and as directed, partners in the employment of forces as a Joint Task Force to conduct homeland defense and civil support operations in the National Capital Region to mitigate regional challenges.

MDW serves as the Army Forces Component to, and core staff element of, the JFHQ-NCR and provides executive, operational, ceremonial and musical support across a full spectrum of worldwide responsibilities to support our Nation's leaders.