The United States Office of Defense
Cooperation (ODC), U.S. Embassy Montevideo, Uruguay, sponsored
a subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) visit from the Uruguay
State Partner Program with the U.S. Army National Guard
in Montevideo and Maldonado from July 25 to 29, 2005.
The Uruguayan Army's Infantry and Engineer
units in Montevideo and Maldonado hosted the visit of U.S.
Army National Guardsmen from Connecticut. During the SMEE,
delegates visited Uruguayan Army units and discussed a wide
range of topics to include peacekeeping and humanitarian
de-mining operations, infantry and engineer training, as
well as soldier and officer training at unit level. The
visit was a tremendous success and all parties hope to continue
the SPP program for the next several years.
The State Partner Program establishes and
maintains professional military exchanges and relationships
through the U.S. Army National Guard in Connecticut. During
this year, the ODC has sponsored several events with the
Connecticut National Guard, including: Infantry and Engineer
subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs) in June to the United
States, and in July to Uruguay, as well as military working
dog SMEE to the United States in August.
U.S. delegation members: LTC Matthew Anderson
(Army Section Chief, ODC), and from the Connecticut Army
National Guard: MAJ Lou Martinez, MAJ Vic Johnson, 2LT Bill
Warner, SGT Bart Mazur and SGT Christopher LaCasse.
Uruguayan escorts: CPT Roberto Kellner,
CPT Alejandro Echevarria, 1SG Jorge Zaballa, SGT Roberto