Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will visit Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile from July 19 to 26, and meet with senior civilian and military officials to discuss bi-lateral and multi-lateral defense security issues of mutual interest.
During the trip, the Chairman will present the Joint Meritorious Unit Award to Brazilian, Argentine and Chilean members of the Military Observer Mission, Ecuador and Peru (MOMEP). This is the first time that this award has been presented to members of the armed forces of a foreign country.
Several media availabilities are planned:
A media availability is scheduled at the US Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 22, 1997. Local media wishing to attend should contact USIS at the US Consulate at 292-7117 Ext. 2218 (from the US dial 011 55 21 292 7117, Ext. 2218).
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, there will be an MOD sponsored press conference for July 24, 1997, at the Alvear Palace Hotel. For more information local media may contact USIS American Embassy 771-7210 (from the US dial 011 54 1 771 7210).
In Santiago, Chile, a media availability is scheduled at the Ministry of Defense Diego Portales building on July 25, 1997. For more information local media should call USIS, American Embassy, #330 3350 (US callers dial 011 56 2 330 3350).