Colombian War College Students Visit SOUTHCOM
By Dialogo September 14, 2011
More than 41 students and academics from the Colombian War College (Escuela de Guerra) visited the headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) as part of a tour of the country’s military institutions.
Major General Juan G. Ayala, SOUTHCOM chief of staff, welcomed the delegation headed by Rear Admiral César Augusto Gómez Pinillos, head of naval education for the Navy of the Republic of Colombia.
During question-and-answer sessions, the Colombian military personnel obtained first-hand information about the mission carried out by the Southern Command in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Ambassador Paul Trivelli, SOUTHCOM civilian deputy commander, also met with the team.
“The presentation we received about SOUTHCOM’s mission of institutional collaboration, training, solidarity in the event of disasters, and humanitarian aid is very useful for the students, as the future commanders they will become. I believe that this visit was very valuable from the professional point of view,” Rear Admiral Gómez Pinillos affirmed.
Before arriving in Miami, the Colombian War College students toured U.S. Army South headquarters, Fort Hood, and Lackland Air Force Base, in Texas. The final stop on this educational tour was the Coast Guard station in Miami Beach, Florida.