Oct. 18, 2018
WASHINGTON--Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Patrick S. Ryder provided the following readout:
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. met with Chief of the Spanish General Staff Gen. Fernando Alejandre today in Washington D.C.
The two senior military leaders discussed items of mutual interest, to include ways to increase interoperability and modernization. Gen. Dunford thanked Gen. Alejandre for Spain's hosting of U.S. forces for more than 65 years at their naval base in Rota and airbase in Morón, and for their ongoing support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan. Spain's train and advise efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan have made a significant impact in building the capacity of Iraqi and Afghan security forces to defend their nations.
During his visit, Gen. Alejandre was presented with a Legion of Merit for his service and leadership in advancing the bilateral relationship with the United States.
Spain is a vital NATO ally and shares a long-standing and strategic relationship with the United States.
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