Admiral Craig Faller, commander of the Southern Command of the Armed Forces (SouthCom), will travel this week to Argentina and Chile with the purpose of “strengthening military ties in the region” according to Efe Pentagon sources.
Faller will depart from Miami this Sunday and arrive that same day to Buenos Aires, where he plans to stay until mid-afternoon Tuesday, when he will fly to Santiago de Chile.
In the Argentine capital, the admiral is scheduled to meet Monday with US diplomatic and military personnel who support SouthCom from the South American country, as well as several representatives of the local Armed Forces.
One of the issues that can be expected to emerge in bilateral meetings is the process of modernization of the Argentine Army, launched by the Government of President Mauricio Macri, despite the opposition of a part of the population due to the delicate economic situation that crosses the country.
On Tuesday, Faller will visit the Joint War College of the Armed Forces (ESGCFFAA) and the Argentine Joint Training Center for Peace Operations (CAECOPAZ).
Once in Chile, on Wednesday, Faller will repeat a ritual similar to that on Monday and visit the US foreign and military personnel. displaced in Santiago before meeting with representatives of the local Armed Forces.
In 2018, both countries signed an important collaboration agreement on cybersecurity and, in addition, their defense portfolios have been working closely for years.
On Thursday, Faller will attend the final day of the Force Comando 2019 exercise, a multinational competition that brings together elite soldiers and Special Operations operators from 19 countries in the Americas, which serves to improve combined interoperability.
Finally, on Friday, the admiral and his delegation will end the tour and leave for Miami, where the SouthCom headquarters are located.