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In 2005, I was the first member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG Corps) to attend a foreign command and general staff college (CGSC). This article provides a summary of my attendance at the Brazilian Army's Command and General Staff College-Escola de Comando e Estado Maior do Extrcito (ECEME). Through a unique series of events, I was selected and attended the Brazilian Army's ECEME, a ten-month CGSC equivalent, where I studied brigade and division-level operations through the lens of a foreign military. This rare opportunity not only afforded me a unique and valuable professional development experience, it served as an extraordinary and effective engagement tool-both legal and military-to-military-with the Brazilian Army and the other foreign students attending the course. Participation in this program was consistent with the Secretary of Defense's Defense Language Transformation Roadmap (DLTR)l goal of incorporating regional area education into Professional Military Education and Development and should serve as a model for future JAG Corps' efforts to integrate into this transformation process.



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