Brazil, US military to train together in November
A presidential decree allows 240 US soldiers into the country
Published in 14/10/2021 - 14:52 By Alex Rodrigues - Brasília
Brazilian and US military agents will participate in a joint training in Brazilian territory from November 29 through December 18. “The training exercise,” the Brazilian Army reported, aims to hone the skills of the 12th Light Infantry Brigade, based in Caçapava, São Paulo state.
This will be the second experiment held under Core (Combined Operations and Rotation Exercises)—an initiative signed in October 2020 at the 36th Bilateral Staff Conference Brazil–US, aimed at “increasing inter-operability between the two armies.”
The organization and execution of the troops’ training exercise falls entirely under the responsibility of the Brazilian Army, a note released this morning by the Brazilian president’s secretariat reported. Core, the text states, comes under the bilateral cooperation deal on defense that Brazil and the US signed in April 2010—promulgated in the country in December 2015.
Slated to be carried out on a yearly basis until at least 2028, the joint training was held for the first time between January and March this year in Fort Polk, Louisiana. The second edition will take place in Vale do Rio Paraíba, between the cities of Resende, in Rio de Janeiro, and Lorena, in São Paulo.
Signed by President Jair Bolsonaro, the decree allows 240 US military agents to come to the country and stay to participate in the military exercise.
Also according to the decree, the US detachment will be allowed to enter Brazil bringing weapons, ammunition, accessories, optical devises, sensors, and communication equipment to be used in the activity. The participating US soldiers are part of a sub-unit under the 101st Airborne Division, apt to participate in operations involving the infiltration of paratroopers in critical zones.
Translation: Fabrício Ferreira - Edition: Denise Griesinger / Nira Foster