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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 05:27 PM

Westphal visits Chile to help foster inter-military cooperation

Westphal visits Chile to help foster inter-military cooperation
June 19, 2012
By Lt. Col. Rob Manning, Under SecArmy Public Affairs , Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2012 - Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal recently participated in the 12th U.S. and Chile Defense Consultative Commission (DCC) in Santiago, Chile and visited with Chilean Army units throughout the country to expand relationships and increase security cooperation in the hemisphere.

Westphal participated in the bilateral talks as a member of a U.S. Department of Defense delegation that was headed by Honorable Paul Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs, and included Honorable Frank Mora, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

The U.S. officials conducted candid and productive discussions with their Chilean defense department counterparts to address energy, the environment, hemispheric security, science and technology, educational opportunities, and interoperability issues.

"Our countries and our armies have a great relationship and through these interactions we continue to improve cooperation and strengthen cooperation," Westphal said during the talks. "We face mutual challenges and our collaboration is essential to forging strong partnerships and finding the best solutions for both of our Armies."


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