DSCA Director's Blog

Here you will find thoughts and messages from the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency and his staff.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


My wife Twink and I are in Chile for several security cooperation events that were planned long before the earthquake. Our hearts go out to the Chileans for the people killed or hurt. Once again the United States, with DoD and DSCA support, has been quickly moving an array of assistance.

The list is quite extensive ranging from meals ready to eat, tents, carpentry tools and seismic equipment all the way to field hospitals. As well we provided two USAF/National Guard C-130s. And crews to support the air-bridge to the most affected regions, Concepcion and much more!

The US and Chilean military forces have a close working relationship. It was evidenced by the quick and effective interaction by the senior leaders, followed immediately by the flow of goods and services.

The first half of our trip will be in Valparaiso with Admiral Gonzalez, Commander-in-Chief of the Navy. We will discuss the planned arrival of the ex-USS Higgins...now in final repair in Mobile Alabama, and its impending transit to Chile. The Chilean Oiler is quite old, so there is great excitement about getting this ship operational.

The second half of the trip will be at the FIDAE airshow, called this year, FIDAE of Solidarity, with General Ortega, Commander in Chief, Chilean Air Force. The leaders of Chile are acutely aware of the significant damage done to their country. However, they made an informed decision to leverage transport flight from America to be fully loaded with equipment to aid in the recovery. They are proudly looking forward...my wife and I are honored to do what we can to help.

Once again, solid security cooperation works best with strong relationships, a common vision and timely support...it's all here.

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