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Thursday, 07 February 2013
By Melissa Buckley
GUIDON staff
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Officers from the Angolan Engineer Regiment were on Fort Leonard Wood from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 to learn more about the U.S. Army’s Engineer Regiment.
Officers from the Angolan Army try their skills on excavator simulators Jan. 31. Photo by Mike Curtis

The visit to post focused on building strong relationships and promoting professionalism between the U.S. and Angolan soldiers.

“We brought these Angolan officers to Fort Leonard Wood to show them how we train engineers in the U.S. Army — both enlisted and officers,” said Lt. Cmdr. Alan Hester Jr., U.S. Embassy - Angola. “They are looking to move their engineering capacity from simply demining into construction and other things.”

Angolan Forces observed and interacted with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Army Engineer School personnel to develop a better understanding of the relationships between the two entities and how they work together to accomplish construction projects in both an operational and peacetime environments.  

Some of the places the three Angolan officers toured while on post were the Prime Power School, the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade’s Headquarters, a barracks, heavy equipment training areas and officer training classes.

“They have gotten a chance to see Soldiers from the most basic all the way to senior officers — how they conduct themselves. It gives them an idea of what we are all about first-hand. I think that seeing that and getting to know us a little bit better will help break any kind of ice between our two nations,” Hester said.

In Angola, a country in Africa, the main languages used are Bantu and Portuguese. Capt. Artur Garcia, Angolan Engineer Regiment, spoke some English and said he was enjoying his first trip to the U.S.

“America is a good country. I’m very much impressed with what I have seen here. I have seen many things here that need to be developed in our country,” Garcia said.

He said Visiting Fort Leonard Wood had motivated him to lead his Soldiers to strive for a higher quality amongst themselves and believes this trip was successful.

“What I have seen of the American Army they are more (state-of-the-art than) us. We also need to be on their same level,” Garcia said. “I think that this will help because we can go to our headquarters and tell them what we have seen.”  


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