• Liaison program director honored by Brazil

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    Robert Greene, director of the Combined Arms Center’s International Liaison Program, was presented the Brazilian Army Medal by Col. Danilo Alencar, Brazilian liaison officer to CAC, Aug. 25 in a ceremony in Grant Auditorium.
    Alencar said the ceremony coincided with Brazilian Soldier’s Day and reflected the importance of Brazilian Army Day (April 19).
    “Although (this ceremony is) simple in its format, it represents a significant homage to Mr. Greene,” Alencar said. “This is the third highest award granted by the (Brazilian) Army to civilians.”
    Alencar said the Brazilian Army Medal was created to distinguish people and organizations for outstanding service in support of the interests and reputation of the Brazilian Army. He said the award selection process was rigorous and vetting included a consensus of the Brazilian liaison officers who have served at Fort Leavenworth.
    “The process of granting this medal begins with the recommendation of a general officer,” Alencar said. “There are essential conditions (to qualify for receipt of the award).”
    Alencar said having the opportunity to present the medal on behalf of Brazilian Army Attache Maj. Gen. Fabio Benvenutti Castro was humbling.
    “Normally, this medal is presented by a general officer,” Alencar said. “I am honored to have been selected for the opportunity to be the messenger in this expression of gratitude.”
    The award narrative cited Greene for his many years of dedicated leadership and support to Brazilian Army officers, their families and mentoring senior colonels. His noted efforts included strengthen- ing the bilateral relationship between the United States and Brazil.
    “I’m obviously pleased and elated, but I never thought I would receive recognition such as this award,” Greene said. “More than anything, I think I am very humbled to receive the third highest award (for a civilian) from the Brazilian Army.”
    Greene said that any award he had ever received during his career was not achieved by his efforts alone. He said being presented an award is the result of everyone doing exceptional work that ultimately makes the recipient look good.
    “Here at CAC we have a tremendous staff ... who make my life very easy,” Greene said. “The directors, as subject matter experts, allow me to bring the interoperability piece to our international (liaisons).”
    Greene said his passion for the work he does is motivation and to receive an award for doing what he loves is special.
    “(Army Chief of Staff) General (Mark) Milley describes it as having a fire in the pit of your belly, and if you don’t have that fire, you have no business in the Army,” Greene said. “I’m a soldier for life. I served in uniform. I did a quick stint as a contractor and now I have served as a Department of the Army Civilian for 12 years. Thirty-four years of my adult life, I have been in the Army.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Greene said his wife, Jennifer, is also a former soldier who works at Munson Army Health Center as a civilian. He said the slogan phrase “Army for Life” is a fitting descriptor of him and his family.
    “We are an Army family,” Greene said. “Through this job, I have the opportunity to work with soldiers every day. That fire General Milley spoke of is burning in my belly still — it’s the want and desire to be here to serve.”
    Jennifer said she was proud of her husband for the work he does that resulted in the award. She said Greene has a genuine passion for working with the international community.
    “It’s well-deserved recognition, in my opinion, because I know how passionate he is about serving the officers and their families,” Jennifer said. “He’s very good at enveloping the entire family into the program.”
    Greene said the CAC International Liaison Program was established to facilitate the mutual exchange of information within the CAC core functions of leader development, education, training and mission command, develop interoperability with allied partners and cultivate international relationships.
    “Sixteen international colonels and one international sergeant major make up the program,” Greene said. “The director is entrusted to coach, counsel, mentor and support the international liaison officers and their families.”
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