29th Conference of American Armies

Tuesday October 25, 2011

What is it?

The Conference of American Armies (CAA) is currently comprised of members from the Caribbean, Central, North and South American countries. It is a forum for Chiefs of Armies to come together and discuss issues of mutual interest in order to contribute to hemispheric security, protection against threats to peace, democracy and freedom, and to enhance interpersonal relationships. The CAA permits an open, fresh exchange of information and ideas, and fosters relationships among ground force commanders.

This conference pays invaluable dividends for operations today and continued close relations in the future. The CAA conducts a two-year cycle of specialized conferences/exercises hosted by different member armies, culminating in a commander's conference. The host for the current two-year cycle is Peru. Specialized conference topics ranged from science and technology, peace keeping, education and training, to environmental issues.

What has the Army done?

Since 1960, the CAA has provided a venue for the Chief of Staff of the Army to engage in multilateral and bilateral dialogue with counterparts in the region. U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH) is the Army's action agent and CAA liaison responsible for all conference coordination with the host army. ARSOUTH will participate in the CAA commander's conference, hosted by the Peruvian army, Oct. 24-28, in Lima, Peru. This year, 20 member armies, five observer armies, and two international military organizations are scheduled to attend. The U.S. Army hosted a specialized conference dealing with science and technology earlier this year in Miami. Results and recommendations will be briefed during this year's commander's conference.

What continued efforts does the army have planned for the future?

The CAA will provide continual direct engagement with senior military leaders to ensure a current understanding of partner nation views and issues facing land force commanders. The Army will continue to support the CAA's strategic vision of promoting cooperation and international alliances and partnerships in the region. Member armies voluntarily rotate as host for the two-year cycle. The host nation army serves as the CAA headquarters responsible for coordinating all CAA activities, in addition to hosting the preparatory and commander's conferences at the end of the cycle. The army of Mexico has volunteered to host the 30th CAA Cycle (2012-2013).

Why is this important to the Army?

The CAA will allow leaders to discuss lessons learned and apply them to individual and shared doctrine, training and education. It also provides a common understanding of the effects of current operations and how relationships and cooperation sustains individual and shared capacity in current and future efforts. Many of the nations participating in CAA have partnered with ARSOUTH in previous operations and exercises such as PANAMAX, Beyond the Horizons and Peace Keeping Operations. Peace keeping is paramount to the region. Armies exist to perpetuate peace, and this forum allows leaders of armies to strengthen relationships, increase cooperation, and integrate ways to improve our combined capabilities.


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Senior Leaders are Saying

"As NCOs, it is your duty to your Soldiers to show them what right looks like. You can't expect them to be professional Soldiers if you haven't given them the example to follow and showed them the way."

- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, while speaking to noncommissioned officers at Camp Stone, Afghanistan, Oct. 18, 2011, emphasized the importance of molding young Soldiers.

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What They're Saying

"You Soldiers are the unsung heroes ... The job you're doing here impacts the entire region ... Never forget what you're doing is very important to the stability of the region."

- Command Sgt. Maj. Frennier, Third Army/ARCENT senior enlisted advisor, during his visit at Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait, commended and reminded each and every service member the importance of their daily operations.

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