The Marine Leaders of the Americas Conference 2011 came to a close during a ceremony Aug. 31.
The bi-annual conference offered senior Marine leaders from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and the U.S. an opportunity to impart knowledge on one another and discuss common security issues.
The closing ceremony allowed for remarks from Rear Adm. Luis Ramos Vargas, commandant of the Peruvian Marine Corps and Gen. James Amos, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, addressing the top leaders from the other Marine Corps and naval infantries.
The leaders expressed their realization of how similar they were as Marines, despite language or cultural barriers.
“We have much in common. We are Marines. We are a small portion of all of our nations' armed forces,” Amos said. “I have come away with a greater understanding, and shared experiences that my brother Marines deal with every single day of their lives.”
Amos and Vargas presented certificates to all the leaders that participated.
The ceremony served as a fitting close to a conference that brought the Marine leaders closer and aided them in creating personal and professional relationships.
“Together we've gained experience, but more importantly than having experience is what we do with that experience and that's to stay prepared and to stay trained,” Vargas said. “We keep walking through the only road that we have ahead of us as good Marines.”
After several conferences, briefs and cultural events, MLAC 2011 came to close with the participants having gained a deeper understanding of one another.
“For us, the Peruvian Marine Corps, it has been an incredible experience to have been able to welcome you all to our beloved Peru,” Vargas said.
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