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U.S. Army South Prepares for Exercise with Brazil

By Sgt. Ashley Dotson

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In preparation for this year's PANAMAX multinational exercise and upcoming combined training at JRTC and in São Paulo, Brazil, U.S. Army South hosted Brazilian army Maj. Gen. Marcos De Sá Affonso Da Costa, Brazilian Director for training, Maj. Gen. Josias Pedrotti Da Rosa, Brazilian army attache to the United States, and their delegation at Army South headquarters, Joint Base San Antonio- Fort Sam Houston, Feb. 4.

During this visit, the Brazilian director of training met with Maj. Gen. Daniel Walrath, U.S. Army South commander, and other command leadership to discuss the Brazilian army's role in the upcoming exercise.

PANAMAX is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored training exercise series with the objective of demonstrating the capability of participating nations to conduct coalition operations at the operational level and is focused on ensuring the security of the Panama Canal and the surrounding region.

During this visit, the Brazilian director of training met with Maj. Gen. Daniel Walrath, U.S. Army South commander, and other command leadership to discuss the Brazilian army's role in the upcoming exercise.

Walrath thanked the team for their commitment to the exercise, which will improve interoperability and strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Brazilian armies.
The leaders continued their discussions on the mission and structure of the exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, on Feb. 5, where they ensured alignment of US and Brazilian Army priorities for a combined training rotation there in 2021.

The U.S. and Brazilian armed forces enjoy longstanding ties and the defense cooperation between them includes a wide range of partnership activities such as exercises, training, humanitarian assistance, reciprocal visits, personnel exchanges, and the sharing of information and expertise.


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