By Donald Sparks
U.S. Army South Public Affairs
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Sept. 22, 2020 —
Nine months ago Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Walrath, U.S. Army South commanding general, was in Colombia standing shoulder-to-shoulder next to Gen. Eduardo E. Zapateiro, Colombian National Army commanding general, at the conclusion of a foreign airborne jump wing exchange between paratroopers of both nations.
On Sept. 18, the two generals were only able to greet each other virtually at the conclusion of the 11th U.S. – Colombia Bilateral Army Staff Talks. The goal during the staff talks was to develop a bilateral engagement plan with the Colombian Army, which continues to strengthen their relationship with the U.S. Army.
Despite the event being held virtually, Walrath expressed it was a success for both armies.
“It has been a historic event despite the difficulty of having to plan in a virtual setting due to COVID, but I’m still…
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