According to the general director of Brazil’s Air Force War College, General Dirceu Tondolo Noro, the colonels who visited SOUTHCOM, “were selected to attend the last ten-month course of their career [aerospace policy and strategy course], to enable them to perform all command, leadership and direction functions in the Aeronautics Command. [The course] is also a prerequisite to be selected to become a general of the Air Force”. For General Noro, the visit of these officers to the United States is essential in providing them an opportunity to create direct contacts and learn about the military and organizational sides of the Americans, “just as it is essential to perform joint work between the forces.” The FAB’s visit to Washington and to SOUTHCOM has occurred in previous years, and, “we will make every effort to make it happen again next year,” said Major General Waddell. Brazilian Air Force Generals Maximo Ballatorre and Rogério Veríssimo were also present among the visitors. Mister Congratulations for this publication but Fernando Pessoa is not brazilian he is portuguese. Tanks. First Sargent Hellynton “Writer Fernando Pessoa said in one of his poems that ‘sailing is necessary, living is not necessary.’ I would add that, in our case, collaboration is necessary.” This was the clear message communicated by U.S. Army Major General Ricky Waddell, to the 41 colonels and three Brazilian Air Force (FAB) generals who visited the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) on November 1. Major General Waddell, Deputy Commander for SOUTHCOM Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, lived for 17 years in South America during his career as a civil engineer, 12 of which were spent in Sao Paulo. He served as the host for the group that was briefed on important updates about SOUTHCOM activities, with a special focus on regional partnerships. During the Q and A session, Brazilian Military members obtained first-hand information on the mission that is being carried out by SOUTHCOM in Central and South America and the Caribbean. By Dialogo November 06, 2013 For Gen. Waddell, this kind of visit fits perfectly in SOUTHCOM’s mission of, among other purposes, aiming to strengthen the friendship bonds with regional partner nations. “The largest and most professional military forces in the Western Hemisphere are going to include the United States and Brazil. Our alliance with Brazil dates back to World War II, so this is a continuation of six-and-a-half decades of partnership. …We also cooperate in a range of activities based on our mutual interests as nations,” he concluded.