Defense Secretary Margarita Robles presided over a ceremonial tribute to the 27 victims of COVID-19 in the armed forces at the War School on the occasion of the commemoration of the 1st anniversary of the military operations to combat the pandemic. The event, streamed online, consisted of a Tribute to the Fallen, in which the song Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen was performed by Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Enseat, followed by a wreath in which family members placed a white rose in memory of all those who died.
Minister Robles has reached out to the families of the victims to convey their support and affection, as well as that of the entire family of the armed forces. At the same time, she asked them to pay the best tribute to those who are no longer with them We are that you have strength for life and keep working.
This year we will never forget it, a page of Spanish history has been written, with great pain and with great pride also for the work of the armed forces, stressed Robles.
After paying homage to the fallen, it marked the first anniversary of the fight against the pandemic, an unknown enemy of enormous size that required the greatest peacetime military effort to fight it yet.
The Commander of the Operations Command (CMOPS), Lieutenant General Francisco Braco, has reviewed the numerous activities of the military, first with Balmis and now with Baluarte, which was launched in September 2020 and the tasks of the Army with tracing the contacts and variants of the virus; the distribution and appointment of vaccines; and the protection of computer networks.
This pandemic, without looking for it or wanting it, has shown society that it has the armed forces for whatever it needs, when it is needed and where it is needed, stressed the general, making sure we did not fail to respond to a single request for assistance to the authorities.
Operation Balmis was in operation for 98 days. During this time, almost 190,000 soldiers carried out more than 20,000 interventions, more than half in disinfection in homes, hospitals or infrastructures in a total of 2,303 population groups in Spanish geography.
We are proud to have helped save lives and improve the well-being of our compatriots, concluded the Commander of Operations, emphasizing that the spirit of sacrifice and professional excellence should guide the community that should leave no one behind to encourage and demand the exact fulfillment of duty, inspired by love for Spain, honor, discipline and courage Civil and military authorities attended the ceremony, which observed the strict protocols of anti-COVID measures, including Chief of Staff of Defense, Admiral General Teodoro Lpez Caldern; 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 Navy. BALMIS MEDALS The Minister, Foreign Minister and JEMAD have finally tasked 24 soldiers and civilians from the Armies, Navy, UME, PUG, Royal Guard and General Health Inspection with the imposition of the Balmis Medal.
The ship’s captain, Jos M. Martn Dapena, represented the winners and thanked the award, noting that (the medal), although we should be proud of it, is a lasting reminder of the high level of commitment, efficiency, example and example should be a sense of duty that Spain and the Spaniards demand of us. With their actions in the fight against the pandemic, the armed forces have written a page on the history of Spain that has brought a tremendous amount of effort and effort in the media and social networks that have allowed citizens to learn and appreciate their armies more.
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