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joint operations as well as conduct cross training throughout their respective militaries. The
meeting ended symbolically with Major General San Oo escorting the DCG out to his vehicle
(the SDO/DATT, COL Dickey informed the DCG that Major General San Oo’s gesture is
very symbolic in Burmese culture). The DCG then attended the Marine Corps Ball on his last
night in Rangoon at the Chatrium Hotel. The Marine Security Guard Detachment under the
leadership of GySgt Rodriguez conducted themselves in highly professional manner
throughout the DCG’s visit.
7. Observation. This country visit was a historical step toward MARFORPAC engagement in
Burma. Although Burma will have observers to Cobra Gold in 2013 and opportunities to
attend APCSS in the future, the country is not ready to have robust Mil-Mil engagements in
the near future. The approach must be slow and incremental with the goals of achieving
Burmese and MARFORPAC goals of strengthening U.S./Burma relations.
8. Way Ahead/Recommendations. I recommend that when the next opportunity for key leader
engagement presents itself, MARFORPAC emphasized a visit to the administrative capital,
Nay Pyi Taw Burma. Rangoon is not actually the center of power in Burma; Nay Pyi Taw—
approximately three hours from Rangoon—provides opportunities to engage decision makers
in both the Burmese military and government and will facilitate increased access and insight
into future U.S./Burma relations and engagements.
Roberto L. Ibarra
Burma Desk Officer