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Margarita Robles presides over an act of “Recognizing the Protagonists of Our Recent History”. on the occasion of 23F

Defense Minister Margarita Robles thanked Adolfo Suárez, Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado and Santiago Carrillo for their special personal and institutional dignity during the attack on the Congress of Deputies in the attempted coup on February 23, 1981.

The act of recognizing the protagonists of our recent history? He also remembered the then President and Vice-President of the then government as a promoter of the intensive reform, transformation and modernization of the armed forces since the 1978 constitution.

Minister Robles remembered with emotion and pride the image of these three men from different worlds who left a legacy of generosity and tolerance. “Many thanks to all three, the institutions that defended democracy and, above all, showed that people have values ​​in them and that we don’t have to look for differences,” said Robles.

“Uniting all will show how we will continue to give better generations who work for peace, dignity and equality,” as the armed forces do every day, modern and connected to society, he recalled.

Earlier, the Defense Minister’s Chief of Staff Diego igñiguez reported on these dramatic hours, which began at 6:23 p.m. and that thanks to media workers it was recorded for posterity.

“They were not” heroes of retreat, “as Javier Cercas writes. They were heroes because they embody the civic virtues of their and our time,” Íñiguez emphasized about men who showed not only extraordinary personal courage, but also the dignity of They defended the constitutional functions they represented. “And they were pioneers, because in their work is the first essential step of what was later built,” he added.

Family members of Captain General Gutiérrez Mellado attended this meeting; the Duchess of Suarez, Alejandra Romero; Santiago Carrillo’s son, Professor José Carrillo Menéndez; and Professor Manuel Núñez Encabo, who represents the MPs of the first legislature, was retained on 23-F.

?? The video from 23-F is the best commercial for the personal dignity of Manuel Gutiérrez Mellado ??, summarized the granddaughter of Lieutenant General Ana Gorostegui, for whom her grandfather was someone with an innate kindness, credibility and strength? ?.

For his part, José Carrillo, rector of the Complutense University of Madrid and son of the communist leader of the transition, who behaved that night with the power of the sage in the face of the crisis, in the words of Íñiguez, stressed the importance of gestures in history.

“That night an attempt was made to kidnap democracy, but thanks to the three people we are honoring today, the dignity of Parliament and this country was not kidnapped, they stopped and lived,” said Carrillo Menéndez. The dignity of political representation above any ideology? This was emphasized by the former deputy and professor Manuel Nuñez Encabo.

In the second part of the law, attention has focused on the role of the armed forces. To illustrate this chapter, Vice Admiral Ignacio Horcada, Lieutenant General Fernando López del Pozo, and Lieutenant Colonel Margarita Pardo de Santayana have explained some of the milestones of this period of great change that changed the army.

Retired Vice Admiral Ignacio Horcada, who worked in and with NATO for 20 years, pointed out that Spain’s accession to the Alliance was another important protagonist in recent history as it was a crucial step in the normalization of our country in Europe Is it material after more than a century and a half of isolation from continental and even global security and defense issues?

Del Pozo has stopped at the forefront of “Operations Abroad” as it has advanced the development of the armed forces we know today and multiplied Spain’s influence on the international arena. “More than 60 different operations (humanitarian aid, reconstruction, collective defense, emergency or deterrence) that have been carried out with enthusiasm by the FAS and know how to adapt to new situations without ever giving up their values,” said López del Pozo . Who would not have been possible without the delivery and the sacrifice? of the 188,000 soldiers stationed at some point and of those who made it possible from national territory.

“We must reserve our greatest gratitude for the 191 soldiers and civilians, men and women, who gave their lives during the operations for the safety of their compatriots and in the service of Spain,” has come to an end.

For her part, Lieutenant Colonel Margarita Pardo de Santayana spoke about two important processes of change in the current armed forces: professionalisation after the elimination of compulsory military service and the integration of women. Women currently make up 12.8% of the strength of our armed forces. While this number is not very high yet, the upward trend is continuing and, more importantly, there are no restrictions on access or career opportunities.

?? (The professionalization) was recently started with participation in ?? Operation Balmis ?? On the occasion of the COVID-19 pandemic or with the contribution of troops to alleviate the effects of Storm Filomena ?? Pardo de Santayana pointed out a well-prepared army that is permanently available and based on values ​​such as discipline. the spirit of sacrifice, camaraderie and constant calling to serve Spain?

The Director of the Higher Center for National Defense Studies (CESEDEN), Lieutenant General Francisco de Paula Bisbal, hosted a ceremony attended by the Secretary of State for Defense, Esperanza Casteleiro. the director of the CNI, Paz Esteban; the Undersecretary of State for Defense, Amparo Valcarce, and the Chiefs of Staff of the Army and Air Force and the Navy, among other civil and military authorities.

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