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U.S. Army National Guardsmen on Exchange Visit to Uruguay

Delegates visited Uruguayan Army units and discussed a wide range of topics

Posted: August 11, 2005

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.

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13th Battalion group photo.

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4th Engineer Battalion group photo.

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 Alvez.






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