Ambassador Buchan and the president of The Legacy, Eva García, offered a reception to recognize the strong collaboration between U.S. and Spanish military forces both now and throughout our shared history. The Ambassador emphasized that our two countries stand together in the defense of the freedom we share. Not “YO SOLO”, as Bernardo de Gálvez declared on that historic day in Pensacola, but “TODOS JUNTOS” as we face difficult challenges in the south, east, and cyberspace.
The event was attended high ranking Spanish officials like the Chief of Defense Staff, General Fernando Alejandre Martínez, the Undersecretary of Defense, Mr. Alejo de la Torre de la Calle, the Army Chief of Staff, General Varela Salas, the Navy Chief of Staff, Almiral López Calderón, the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Salto Martínez-Avial, and the Chief Military Advisor to H.M. The King, Admiral Juan Ruiz Casas. On the American side, BG Maria A. Biank, Director, J-6, Cyber/C4, U.S. European Command, CAPT Brett T. Fullerton, Senior Defense Official /Defense and Naval Attaché to Spain, CAPT Jason Weddle, Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation, and LTC Ben Shaha, Army Attaché to Spain;
The civil society, the cultural, academic and political fields were represented by the president of the Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos, Mr. Juan Lladó, Rector of the University of Alcalá de Henares, Mr. Javier Álvarez Pastor, Director of the Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos, Mr. Julio Cañero, the Mayor of Rota, Mr. José Javier Ruíz Arana, and the Second Deputy Mayor of Jeréz de la Frontera, Mr. Francisco Camas, among other guests.