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JINSA at SOUTHCOM and Colombia, Day 1

February 29, 2012

JINSA leaders participating in a week-long visit to U.S. Southern Command and Colombia have already received tremendous briefings and met key leaders. At U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Florida on Feb 27, they met with Deputy Commander Vice Admiral Edward Kernan, USN and with Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Juan Alaya and were briefed by several key command officials.

Four of the 14 JINSA delegation members are seen with Colombia's Minister for Mines and Energy Mauricio Cardenas. From left to right: Trip Chairman Gen. James T. Hill, USA (ret.), JINSA Vice President Dr. Mark Helbraun, JINSA Member Rudy Montiel, Minister Cardenas, JINSA Board Member Justin Strauss.

In Colombia, on Feb. 28, a series of briefings were held at the U.S. embassy including presentations by the Deputy Chief of Mission Perry Holloway and several political counselors as well as officials from DEA and AID.

Later in the day,  a conversation with the Israeli ambassador to Colombia, Yoed Magen, was held.

Later still, the delegation met with Colombia’s Minister for Mines and Energy Mauricio Cardenas Santa Maria.

More to come.


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