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    Brazilian three-star general visits New York Army National Guard installations and troops

    Brazilian three-star general visits New York Army National Guard

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pietrantoni | Lt. Gen. Achilles Furlan Neto, the Brazilian Army's Operations Officer shares a laugh...... read more read more



    Story by Capt. Jean Kratzer 

    New York National Guard

    NEW YORK, N.Y--Brazilian Lt. Gen. Achilles Furlan Neto, the operations officer for the Brazilian Army, spent the week of October 6-11 visiting New York National Guard senior leaders, Soldiers and Airmen and facilities in Latham, Scotia, Camp Smith and New York City.

    Furlan was visiting New York as part of the training and exchange partnership between the New York National Guard and the Brazilian military that was finalized in March 2019 as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program.

    Furlan checked out Army National Guard aircraft and military vehicles, and took part in briefings outlining the capabilities of the New York National Guard’s Civil Support Teams, Counterdrug Task Force and individual units to include the 501st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, the 204th Engineer Battalion, The 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery and the 369th Sustainment Brigade.

    He capped his visit with a look at Joint Task Force Empire Shield’s security operations in New York City.

    “My experience this week in New York has been great, everyone has been kind and very generous to provide thorough briefings of their capabilities,” Furlan said.

    Everyone has been treating me like I am one of them but also provided a very organized professional trip that has met all my expectations,” he added.

    Furlan also visited the state emergency management center and the New York City emergency management center to learn how the New York National Guard interacts with those agencies.

    The general also discussed future exchange opportunities which Brazil and the New York National Guard can participate in.

    “We have incredible opportunities ahead to work together with the Brazilian military to achieve a great partnership, we can capitalize our different capabilities in the future and continue to work together to make great changes and new developments,” said Col. Robert Mitchell, director of operations for the New York National Guard.

    The week-long event focused on disaster and emergency response; aviation operations, maintenance, and safety; military medical and engineer activities. There was also a meeting with brigade and battalion leaders at Camp Smith Training Site, in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

    Furlan got the opportunity to examine equipment used by engineers, aviation and field artillery units parked on the parade field of Camp Smith.

    Lt. Col. Roberto Santamaria, a military attaché with the U.S. Embassy in Brazil who traveled with Furlan, said that he was impressed by what he saw.

    “I have had the opportunity to travel all over the U.S. and this is my second time to New York to help assist with the Brazilian Partnership and I am really impressed with the New York National Guard,” Santamaria said.

    “It’s really incredible, the different capabilities of the Guard and all the diverse entities that work so well together within the organization,” he added.

    In New York City Furlan met with New York National Guard leaders at the Lexington Avenue Armory to discuss civilian and military interactions and visited Soldiers and Airmen assigned to Joint Task Force Empire Shield at their duty locations.

    He also visited New York City’s emergency management center.
    In addition, Furlan made time to visit the memorials to the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge.

    “The lieutenant general had a great trip, everyone was incredibly professional and helpful, he his impressed by all the military members he has meet, and the many great opportunities in the future for both New York and Brazil,” Santamaria said.

    Since initiating the partnership with Brazil, the New York National Guard has sent Airmen from the 109th Airlift Wing, which specializes in Arctic and Antarctic flying, to meet with Brazilian aviators and is also sending a Soldier to the Brazilian Jungle Warfare Training School.

    The Brazilian partnership is New York’s second State Partnership Program relationship. Since 2003 New York has had a partnership with the South African National Defence Force.

    Ten New York Army National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are heading to South African on October 20 to participate in a military skills competition there.



    Date Taken: 10.11.2019
    Date Posted: 10.11.2019 14:07
    Story ID: 347489
    Location: NEW YORK, NY, US 

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