Nov. 18, 2020

15th Annual U.S.-Chilean Army Staff Talks concludes with optimism for 2021 training opportunities

Although the coronavirus has cancelled scheduled training and exercises throughout 2020, military planners for Army South and the Chilean Army are focusing ahead to 2021 as the two armies concluded the 15th Annual U.S.-Chilean Army Staff Talks, held virtually Nov. 16-18. The U.S. Army has engaged in annual bilateral staff talks with Chile since 2006, which have been instrumental in enhancing the interoperability and cooperation between the two armies, contributing to increased security and stability in the region.

Nov. 14, 2020

America’s Pacific Division kicks off platoon exchange with Indonesian Army

For more than 70-years the partnership between the United States and Indonesian Armies has endured, despite the two nations being geographically located on opposite sides of the earth. On Nov. 14, 2020, this partnership became a lot closer inside the historic F-Quad on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii as a platoon from the Tentara National Indonesian Army’s 431st Para Raider Infantry Battalion stood together as one with Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment “Raiders,” 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division marking the official start to the U.S. hosted portion of the 2020 Indonesia platoon exchange.

Nov. 13, 2020

Task Force Illini advisors mentor new cadre at familiar training lanes

Task Force Illini Company-level advisors from the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard, observed live-fire training instructed by their Ukrainian counterparts at Combat Training Center-Yavoriv (CTC-Y), Ukraine, Nov. 13.

Nov. 12, 2020

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley’s Phone Call with Chief of the Israeli General Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi

Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler provided the following readout: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke with Chief of the Israeli General Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi today by phone.

Nov. 11, 2020

U.S., Colombia Armies begin PISAJ 14

U.S. Army South held an opening ceremony for the first virtual iteration of the semi-annual military-to-military engagement, "Programa Integral para Suboficiales de Alta Jerarquía," or PISAJ, on Nov. 9 at the Army South headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

Nov. 10, 2020

Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley’s Meeting with Qatari Armed Forces Chief of Staff H E Lieutenant General Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanem

Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Dave Butler provided the following readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley met with Qatari Armed Forces Chief of Staff H E Lieutenant General Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanem today at the Pentagon.

Nov. 10, 2020

U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground employees travel around the world to share their expertise

The Yuma Proving Ground workforce has world-renowned subject matter experts (SME) with decades of experience in radars, weapons operations, non-destructive testing, indirect firing, and other areas. This fact makes the workforce the go-to crew. 

Nov. 9, 2020

DLIELC unveils new Aviation Language Training Center

The Defense Language Institute English Language Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new DLI Aviation Language Training Center which houses the Watkins Aviation Language Preparation Room and Sirois Aviation Simulation Lab.

Nov. 9, 2020

VT Guard hosts trauma care training with North Macedonia

Lt. Col. Sarah Davis, clinical nurse assigned to the 158th Medical Group, Vermont Air National Guard, logs on to her computer for a three-day, virtual trauma nurse training – the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. On another continent, time zones away, more than 10 nurses in the North Macedonian Armed Forces were also at home and logging onto their computers Sept. 28. These nurses, much like those in the Vermont National Guard, work in clinical environments and also train for contingency operations, similar to training over a drill weekend.

Nov. 5, 2020

Women, Security, Peace Initiative Militarily Effective

The women, peace and security initiative is not only the right thing to do, but it is militarily effective, DOD officials said on the 20th anniversary of the passage of the landmark United Nations Security Council resolution.

Oct. 31, 2020

U.S. Army Central hosts inaugural virtual intelligence conference

U.S. Army Central headquarters hosted its inaugural Virtual Land Forces Intelligence Conference, Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Oct. 29, 2020

42nd ID Commander Meets KLF Field Artillery Regimental Commander

A Kuwait Land Forces honor guard stood tall welcoming Task Force Spartan Shield Commander, Maj. Gen. Steven Ferrari, to the Kuwait Land Forces Artillery Regiment headquarters for a meeting with KLF Artillery Regimental Commander Brig. Gen. Khaled A. Al-Shualah.

Oct. 29, 2020

Foreign military attachés visit Kansas National Guard

Thirty-two foreign military attachés accredited by the United States and posted in Washington, D.C., visited the Kansas National Guard at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard Oct. 27.

Oct. 28, 2020

U.S., India Meeting Looks to Deepen Cooperation

The U.S.-India conference among the nations' defense and foreign affairs leaders has charted just how far cooperation between the two democracies has come, a senior defense official said.

Oct. 28, 2020

Leader Interview: COL Lane, Utility Helicopters PM

An interview with COL Calvin Lane, the Utility Helicopters Project Manager, after he toured the Lakota helicopter facility in Columbus, Miss.  

Oct. 28, 2020

SOUTHCOM Commander Visits Central America

Adm. Craig Faller visited Central America Oct. 19-23 to meet with leaders in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica to discuss continued security cooperation and counter narcotics support.

Oct. 27, 2020

3rd Medical Command and the Jordanian Royal Medical Services exchange lessons on COVID-19

U.S. Army Soldiers from the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support) conducted a subject matter expert exchange with the Jordanian Royal Medical Services at the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Hospital For Children earlier this month. The four-day event facilitated discussions on interoperabilities, with special focus on COVID-19 response and requirements.

Oct. 27, 2020

A New Army Task Force in Oceania

Task Force Oceania (TF Oceania) consists of Soldiers from all components of the U.S. Army; active-duty, Army Reserve and National Guard, with the purpose of engaging and cultivating meaningful and lasting relationships in Oceania

Oct. 26, 2020

India, U.S. Begin Meetings in New Delhi

The relationship between the world's two largest democracies is among the most consequential of the 21st century, administration officials said in a phone call before the "two-plus-two" meeting between U.S. and Indian officials in New Delhi.

Oct. 22, 2020

MEDCoE hosts Brazilian delegation

The U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence hosted a Brazilian delegation visiting JBSA-Fort Sam Houston as part of a larger trip hosted by U.S Army South from October 19-23.

Oct. 22, 2020

3rd Medical Command and the Jordanian Royal Medical Services exchange lessons on COVID-19

U.S. Army Soldiers from the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support) conducted a subject matter expert exchange with the Jordanian Royal Medical Services at the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Hospital For Children earlier this month.

Oct. 21, 2020

U.S. Army South hosts 36th annual U.S., Brazil army-to-army staff talks

U.S. Army South hosted an opening ceremony Oct. 20 to officially begin U.S. and Brazil army-to-army staff talks, a weeklong series of meetings held to strengthen professional partnerships and increase interaction between armies at the Army South headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

Oct. 21, 2020

International Competition to Provide Security Force Assistance in Africa: Civil-Military Relations Matter

Western states increasingly tackle the problem of state fragility in Africa through the delivery of security force assistance (SFA). What is SFA and why does it matter?  Broadly speaking, SFA is a term used to describe the provision of military aid, advisors, and resources to a fragile state, so that the armed forces of that state can provide security in support of stability. SFA typically consists of the deployment of small numbers of military advisors and resources to a fragile or weak state to build effective armed forces. However, such efforts are often overly technical and rarely address the political and institutional problems that create insecurity and the fragmented security organizations of that state (e.g. police, military, intelligence, etc.). Worse, in some cases, such SFA has only created the veneer of military effectiveness, known as the Fabergé Egg army problem; an expensively built military, but easily broken by insurgents.

Oct. 20, 2020

Esper Details Approach for Strengthening Alliances, Partnerships

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper discussed the importance of alliances and partnerships in national security during an event at the Atlantic Council.

Oct. 16, 2020

Bulgarian officials visit Tennessee National Guard

Dignitaries from Bulgaria visited Tennessee Oct. 7-9, after signing a defense roadmap agreement with the United States at the Pentagon, Oct. 6.