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23rd August 2021

Arrival in Cyprus of the second flight of the ATF 58

On the 23rd of August the staff of the second flight of the Argentine Task Force (ATF) 58 arrived at the parade ground of Campo San Martìn after successfully completing their quarantine. The personnel were welcomed by the Head of the Argentine Contingent, LC Walter Alexander PARSZYK, who wished them the best of success in their mission. Afterwards, the staff started the performance of their administrative tasks. Thus ended the transition from ATF 57 to ATF 58, which is now fully staffed and operational.

20th August 2021

UN LOGISTICS COURSE

Between the 17th and the 20th August, CAECOPAZ held the UN Logistics Course online so as to train attendants in everything concerning logistic support in Peace Operations. Under the command of CT Gastón Maximiliano FASSON, the trainers from the Education and Doctrine Department, together with guest keynote speakers, lectured on different topics including ¨An Introduction to Peace Operations”, “A general description of Peacekeeping and the logistic support of the United Nations Organization (UNO)¨, ¨UN logistics in action¨, ¨UN medical system¨. ¨Financing UN Peacekeeping¨ and ¨Logistics during the implementation of a mission¨ among others. It is worth mentioning the enriching contribution made by all the speakers by sharing all the experience they gained on the field when deployed in Peace Missions. Finally, there was a closing ceremony headed by the Director of the Centre. Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI, the Head of the Education and Doctrine Department, Vice Commodore Javier CHIAPPAI and the Head of the course CT Gastón Maximiliano FASSON. CAECOPAZ congratulates all attendants on the effort and commitment shown during this training session.

10th August 2021

AIR FORCE DAY CEREMONY AT UN FLIGHT

Last 10th August Air Force Day was celebrated at UNFLIGHT in Nicosia – Cyprus. The ceremony was presided over by the Head of the Air Unit, Vice Commodore Nicolás Antonio DE NATALE and attended by the staff of the United Nations Force in Cyprus -UNFICYP- and special guests. First, the national flag was hoisted and then the National Anthem was sung. Lieutenant Santiago Julio JUÁREZ was in charge of the opening speech and after that, the Head of the Air Unit addressed the staff. As is de rigueur, the authorities asked to observe a minute’s silence in homage to all Air Force personnel who gave their lives for our nation in the South Atlantic Conflict and all those killed in action in the service of the force. After the ceremony finished, there was a cocktail in the premises.

10th August 2021

Argentine Army Captain Juan Carlo HERNÁNDEZ GÓMEZ appointed Operations Officer in UNMOGIP.

The United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) is made up of 43 military observers of different nationalities. From these will be chosen the personnel that will make up the Mission General Staff, who will advise and assist the Head of the Mission of the Military Component, General José ALCAIN from Uruguay, in the fulfilment of his role. We are pleased to announce that the Argentine Army Captain Juan Carlos HERNÁNDEZ GÓMEZ has been chosen as Operations Officer beside Lieutenant Colonel Al Burkley of the Philippine Army; said appointment resulted from a thorough selection process comprising different stages: the posting of the position opening, candidate applications by officers interested in that position and finally the meeting of a selection board made up of General Staff personnel that analyzed the candidates’ profiles, previous experience and performance while serving in the mission. At present, the Mission General Staff is working in two different locations at the same time, in Islamabad - capital city of Pakistan - and in Srinagar - capital of the Kashmir area En este momento el Estado Mayor de la Misión se encuentra operando en manera conjunta en dos locaciones diferentes, en Islamabad – Capital de Pakistán y además en Srinagar – Capital of the Indian-administered Kashmir, where Captain Juan Carlos HERNÁNDEZ GÓMEZ is deployed. To him go our warmest congratulations on his appointment together with our wishes for every success in this new challenge he is facing.

10th August 2021

Ceremonies: Chief of the Argentine Task Force 58 takes office. Change of Flag Bearer

On August 10, the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) held a ceremony as the Argentine Task force 58 (ATF 58) took over functions. The ceremony was chaired by the Force Commander Maj Gen Ingrid Margrethe GJERDE and LC Matías Jorge MONES RUIZ. The Argentine Task Force 57 (ATF 57) and also LC Matias Jorge MONES RUIZ were bid farewell at Campo San Martin. At this ceremony the new Chief of ATF 58 and the Argentine Contingent on the island, Lieutenant Colonel Walter Alexander PARSZYK, took office. In the same ceremony took place the change of the standard flag bearer. Thus, the operational tasks of Sector 1 are now formally in charge of the ATF 58. In his speech to the troops, LC Matías Jorge MONES RUIZ commended the ATF 57 for the daily work, selflessness and willingness they showed in the performance of their duties during their mission in UNFICYP. On the other hand, the Force Commander did the same, highlighting the work of the Argentine Contingent and encouraging the newly arrived personnel to continue with the mission in the same way as their peers.

10th August 2021

Transfer of command authority ceremony: CAECOPAZ Deputy Director takes office

On 10th August CAECOPAZ witnessed the transfer of command authority ceremony at which Infantry Navy Commander Captain Martín Gabriel CATARDI was replaced by the new Deputy Director Vice Commodore Javier CHIAPPAI. After his service record was read, Captain Martín Gabriel CATARDI warm-heartedly addressed the attendants to the ceremony. Next, the Centre Director Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI administered the oath of fidelity and respect for the national constitution to Vice Commodore Javier CHIAPPAI, who now in office asked the troops to take the customary oath of allegiance. Finally, a parade took place. CAECOPAZ is grateful to Infantry Navy Commander Captain Martín Gabriel CATARDI for all his hard work towards the growth of this Centre. We also bid welcome to the new Deputy Director, Vice Commodore Javier CHIAPPAI, and wish him every success in his term of office..

4th August 2021

Gender Focal Point training for ATF 58

At CAECOPAZ, and as a follow-up activity for the training of the ATF 58 aimed at complying with the Women, Peace and Security agenda, Lic. Ana TALAMONI and Captain Guillermo TORRES taught the lessons scheduled for the Gender Focal Point training on the 3rd and 4th of August. On the latter, Doctor Laura MASSON, director of Gender Policies of the Ministry of Defense, lectured about Gender, Women, Peace and Security. During these two intense training days, attendants could apply the theory to specific case studies. The Director of the Centre, Colonel Pablo FILIPPINI and the Head of the Education Department, Vicecommodore Javier CHIAPPAI, accompanied the attendants during their training.

24 July, 2021

Staff Officer Course at CCOPAB

Last May the Staff Officer course was held at the Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations in Brazil (CCOPAB) - Sergio Vieira de Mello. This was one of the first stages in the preparation for the peace mission (EPMP 2021.1). In this edition, the EPMP was divided into two stages and aimed at training the military personnel and the military police force. The aim of the first Stage (from April 19 to 30), which dealt with the second part of the Comprehensive Protection of Civilians Course (CPoC), was to train them to perform their duties in relation to the protection of civilians in the framework of UN Peacekeeping Operations. The second Stage (from May 03 to 21) dealt with the training of the personnel to perform their duties as United Nations Staff Officers (UNSO), Military Observers (UNMO) and Individual Police Officers (IPO). The Staff Officer course was conducted by LC CESAR FRAGNI (Argentine Army) as course chief and WO ABEL TOLAY (Argentine Navy) as his assistant, both belonging to the CAECOPAZ staff and currently acting as Guest Instructors at CCOPAB. Activities included an academic and a practical part. The theoretical part dealt with a description and explanation of the policy of the Comprehensive Evaluation and Planning Process, and of the United Nations Military Planning Process, both of which are applied at strategic and operational levels, among other STM topics. In the planning exercise, which lasted 4 days, the course spun around the phases of setting up the situation, analysis of the Operational environment, analysis of the mission and the decision phase and selection of the best course of action. The course had the support of Brazilian and also foreign instructors.

22 July, 2021

Final Meeting Zone of the first flight of the Argentine Task Force 58 – UNFLIGHT 56

Between the 8th and the 22nd July the staff of the first flight of the Argentine Task Force (ATF) 58 – UNFLIGHT 56 had their training sessions within the Final Meeting Zone before deploying to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). The trainers of the Centre focused their activities on firefighting, Women, Peace and Security, Airlift CASEVAC, Checkpoint manning, Observation post, Operation orders, Communications, Patrolling and First Aid, among others. Also, the contingent brushed up their linguistic skills in English under the supervision of the teachers of the Academic Secretary of this Centre. The Final Meeting Zone activities were carried out with the utmost professionalism displayed by our instructors in strict compliance with the biosecurity protocols set for the prevention of COVID-19.

09 July, 2021

Medal parade at Campo San Martin UNFICYP

On July 9, 2021, the United Nations held a medal parade at Campo San Martín, with special guests UNFICYP FC Maj Gen Ingrid GJERDE and ATF 57 chief, LC Matías Jorge MONEZ RUIZ. Since on that very same date Argentina celebrates Independence Day, the occasion was fit to commemorate the 205th anniversary of such a historical landmark in the same ceremony. In said celebration, the military personnel of Sector 1 participating in a peacekeeping mission for the first time were awarded medals and Force Commander Commendations were in turn awarded to those outstanding staff who, throughout the mission, displayed the virtues and capabilities necessary to deserve so. The Chief of the ATF 57 thanked in his speech all the deployed personnel for their effort and also highlighted the importance of the date by referring to Argentina’s Independence Day. In turn, the FC praised the mission and values of the United Nations, not only on the island of Cyprus, but also all over the world, by highlighting the sacrifice and abnegation shown throughout these five months by the personnel that make up the Argentine contingent, and by inspiring them to continue to hold the United Nations banners high.

09 July, 2021

Independence Day Celebration

On July 9th, a ceremony was held at CAECOPAZ to commemorate the anniversary of Argentina’s Declaration of Independence signed at the Congress of Tucumán in 1816. After the National Anthem was sung, Lieutenant Andrea NOBILE and the director of the Centre, Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI, addressed the audience in a warm speech in commemoration of such an important historical event.

08 July, 2021

Infantry Lieutenant Colonel (LC) (I) Walter Alexander PARSZYK appointed Chief of the Argentine Task Force 58 (ATF 58) UNFICYP - CYPRUS

On July 8, on behalf of the Armed Forces Operational Commander, the director of CAECOPAZ, Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI, appointed Infantry Lieutenant Colonel (LC) (I) Walter Alexander PARSZYK Chief of the Argentine Task Force 58 (ATF 58) UNFICYP - CYPRUS. After taking the oath of fidelity and respect for the national constitution, the new head of the ATF 58, asked the contingent formed to take the customary oath of allegiance. Congratulations are in order for LC I Walter Alexander PARSZYK, and our warmest wishes of success in his appointment.

02 July, 2021

Arsenal Goods Review

On July 2, the Arsenal Goods Review at Caecopaz came to an end. Said review of those effects of the Argentine Army under the supervision and responsibility of CAECOPAZ, was in charge of supervisors reporting to the 9th Arsenal General Review Commision headed by Colonel Emilio Leonardo ANDRADA. We join in the congratulations by the director of the Centre, Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI, to the staff of the Support Group of this Centre for having had such an active and satisfactory participation in the preparation and presentation of both the goods under review and the thorough accompanying documents, namely MAJ ROGELIO TEJADA, LT ANDREA NOBILE, WO1 ROBERTO QUIROGA, CW3 LUIS CORONEL, CW2 IGNACIO SUAREZ, SSgt DAVID MANAGO, SSgt LUCAS BAZAN, SSgt WALTER POLANO, Sgt ARIEL CASASOLA, Cpl JORGE SCHUSTER QUIROZ, Cpl JUAN CORDOBA, Cpl BETSABE CONDORI, Cpl WALTER AQUINO, Cpl RAMON PAEZ. We extend our warm congratulations to them for the commitment and selflessness displayed in the performance of all their tasks, since these are values pertaining to all Argentine soldiers.

02 July, 2021

Farewell Speech by Lieutenant Colonel Benjamín SOUBRA

We want to share with you the farewell speech of Lieutenant Colonel Benjamín SOUBRA, who carried out his duties in the Department of Education and Doctrine from 10th August 2018 until today, his last day at CAECOPAZ. We wish you the best of success!

Farewell speech by Lieutenant Colonel Benjamín SOUBRA

“In August 2018, I landed in this same parade ground to be introduced to everyone in CAECOPAZ. It was a cold, misty winter morning, but warmed by the friendly Argentine sun. I had just arrived in Argentina and I must confess that I did not know what to expect, having never trodden Latin American land. I would never have imagined that the cold weather of the day of my arrival would be concealing the sunny warmth that I would feel later. Today, three years later, standing on the very same spot, it is already time to say goodbye, all too soon. It is not easy to summarize three years of my life in Latin America. In the first place, on a professional level, my mission has included several facets: as a guest instructor in this beloved CAECOPAZ, I have humbly participated in the training of contingents, corps and observers deployed in peace operations. It is important to highlight that CAECOPAZ is the oldest training center in Latin America. It is often a point of reference for the development of the other centres. Thus, the training provided by CAECOPAZ and its organization are the leading ones for the preparation of every United Nations Task Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and of the military observers and experts on mission participating in many of the United Nations Peace Operations. This is in perfect compliance with the commitment undertaken by the Argentine armed forces with the United Nations. In the last three years, I have had the chance to corroborate this by participating in the training of six task forces and three military observer teams. I will not talk about all the many other courses I was asked to take part in as an instructor. Each time was an enriching exchange with the participants, and I tried to transmit my modest experience in operations. As a French officer, I was also responsible for promoting and developing the teaching of French lessons. For this reason, we launched regular and intensive French courses that allowed us to teach the main tactical processes, the behaviours to show, and the vocabulary necessary to communicate in French within a Francophone environment in a peace operation. To that effect, since 2017, the French Defense and Security Cooperation Direction (DCSD) has paid for a full-time French teacher for CAECOPAZ from March to November every year. In this area, contrary to what one might think, the pandemic has helped us. The small number of students that we had face-to-face has increased considerably with the arrival of online courses. Today, there are almost 70 regular students who attend French classes. In three years, there have been 119 regular students and 124 students in the intensive courses, almost 250 students altogether who attended the technical French courses. Today, CAECOPAZ has a solidly established structure to scaffold this learning that must be considered an indispensable tool to serve in an operation. But my mission was not limited to Argentina. Due to its regional nature, I was able to represent CAECOPAZ and France in other training centers in Latin America. In total, there were six missions in Colombia, one in Paraguay and one in Uruguay. Those tours allowed me to improve my knowledge of the different cultures of this great continent. Every time was a tremendous experience. Then, on a personal level, I always had to answer the same two questions. The first: “What do you think of Argentina? Is there a cultural change?" I have to say that when I am walking in the street with my family, if I don't speak, anyone may think that I am Argentinian. That means that I feel in a familiar environment, of course I do, but although it may seem the same, Argentines have their own culture and I discovered it. I thought I knew how to speak Spanish, but I didn’t, and I learned the Argentine “castellano”. I thought I knew how to cook, but I didn’t. I learned how to make a barbecue while drinking mate. I liked fraternal embraces, and then I was met with the strong Argentine hugs from my bosses, my subordinates, as well as from anyone I was meeting for the first time. I have also traveled through the country and I will keep the image of a gigantic, enormous country, with a diverse geography; the beautiful red landscapes of Salta, the Iguazú waterfalls, the cold climate of the Pampas, the plains of Corrientes and its gauchos on horseback, the wind and glaciers of Patagonia, the ski slopes of Bariloche, the endless beaches of the coastline of Mar Azul. This country is a treasure of nature that I have enjoyed sailing. My family has also been transformed. My children pledged allegiance to the Argentine flag. On our arrival, they only knew how to say “hello” and “ thanks” in Spanish. They are leaving today speaking like “porteños” and making fun of my French accent. In short, to the second common question "How is Argentina treating you?" I now answer one more time, one last time: Argentina is a great country, a beautiful country, an ally, made up of a great people who opened their hearts, their lands, their culture, their good meat, and their tasty wine to me. Do I need more? Today, I understand better than ever why the sun itself is in the center of the Argentine flag. To reflect the beauty of this country. Therefore, I would like to thank all those people who have done their best for my mission to be a success: my bosses, of course: the defense attaché of the French Embassy who gave me total freedom in my work; the successive directors of CAECOPAZ, Colonel Miguel Angel Salguero and today Colonel Pablo Alberto Filippini who have laid all their trust on me. A special greeting goes to Brazil, to Lieutenant Colonel Cesar Fragni, who was my boss once and is a friend of mine today. Vice-Commodore Javier Chiappai, who last week offered me to participate in a mobile team. My partners too: all the instructors from the Department of Education, who I sometimes pushed to move the lines forward. I don't want to omit anyone, but I should mention in particular Fernando, Pablo, Gastón, Claudia, Néstor, and all the others, not to forget my comrades from Brazil and Chile. I also think of all the civilian personnel that make this department function the way it does: Isabel, Gabriel, Marina, María, Gabriela, and Emiliana. Likewise, to my successive French teachers: Marion, Johann and today Uriel. Finally, all the corps, officers and NCOs, and the soldiers from the staff, the support group, the kitchen, the IT guys, and all the others that work hard for the Center to fulfill its mission. Each in their own way has always offered me the best welcome. Finally, when I leave, for the first time there will be no successor taking over. Since 2002, France has been permanently present in CAECOPAZ. Seven officers and two noncommissioned officers succeeded each other. Today this support ends for reasons out of our reach. But the cooperation with CAECOPAZ will not end. The French teacher will stay until the end of the year and will be renewed if CAECOPAZ so wishes. Also, the military aid worker in Mexico may come and participate in the courses whenever CAECOPAZ requires it. In a few days, I will leave CAECOPAZ and the country. Not forever, because I'll be back. I must say that if my arrival was hard, my departure will be even harder. I leave part of my heart here in Argentina. Let everyone know that they have a friend in France. Thank you.” Lt. Colonel Benjamin SOUBRA.

25 June, 2021

Ceremony to commemorate the 26th Anniversary of CAECOPAZ

On June 25, a ceremony was held at the Parade Ground in CAECOPAZ to commemorate the 26th Anniversary of the Centre. In observation of the sanitary protocols that require social, preventive and mandatory distancing, there were no special guests present. The Operational Commander of the Armed Forces General of Division Martín DEIMUNDO ESCOBAL was the lead speaker, accompanied by the Undersecretary of International Affairs of the Ministry of Defense, Dr Roberto DE LUISE. After the Argentine National Anthem was played, the chaplain of the Centre, Father Bernardo CONTE GRANT, conducted a religious service after which a minute's silence was observed as homage to the personnel of the Armed Forces fallen in Military Peacekeeping Operations. Then, the Joint Special Aptitude of Instructor for Peace Operations award was presented to some members of the Centre staff as was a recognition to Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin SOUBRA of the French Army, soon to finish his commission as a cooperating instructor. The director of the Centre and the authorities present made their speeches to give closure to the military parade. Our gratitude goes to each member of the Argentine and worldwide Security and Armed Forces who served in CAECOPAZ, for their effort, commitment, and abnegation to make this a training center of excellence. Also, our appreciation goes to all the members who are at present responsible for maintaining and increasing the international prestige achieved by this Centre. Finally, we especially salute all the peacekeepers who, for more than 26 years, have rendered their valuable service to our Homeland and those who are now deployed all over the world working for Peace in United Nations missions. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAECOPAZ!

24 June, 2021

Intermediate Meeting Zone at Mechanized Infantry Regiment 7

From June 22 to 24, the pre-deployment Intermediate Meeting Zone of Argentine Task Force 58 was held at the Mechanized Infantry Regiment 7 «Colonel Conde» (RIMec7) in Arana. A mobile team of the Department of Education and Doctrine of CAECOPAZ was in charge of organizing and controlling the training activities there. Among other training activities, there were drills related to Fire Control, Checkpoint operations, crowd control, the planning and assembly of a United Nations operational training track (TONU), and the updating of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

20 June, 2021

End of the INTERMEDIATE TECHNICAL FRENCH FOR PEACE OPERATIONS Course

The INTERMEDIATE TECHNICAL FRENCH FOR PEACE OPERATIONS Course held at CAECOPAZ came to an end on June 18. During the virtual closing ceremony, the Head of the Course, Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin SOUBRA of the French Army and the Head of the Education and Doctrine Department of the Centre, Vice Commodore Javier CHIAPAI, delivered an end-of-course address. We congratulate the national and foreign students who participated and we thank the instructors and collaborators for the effort and commitment shown for the successful completion of this course.

20 June, 2021

Pledge of allegiance to the flag by the 2nd ¨On Commission¨ volunteer soldiers of the ¨Agrupación 20 de Junio¨

On June 18 the parade ground of Caecopaz was the site of the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the 2nd ¨On Commission¨ volunteer soldiers of the ¨Agrupación 20 de Junio¨ in front of their families, special guests of the event. After the Deputy Director, Infantry Navy Commander Captain Martín Gabriel CATARDI, presented the formation to the Director of the center, Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI, the stanzas of the Argentine National Anthem were sung, followed by a religious invocation by the chaplain of the center, Father Bernardo CONTE GRANT. After that, the soldiers responded to the oath formula pronounced by the Director of the Centre. We congratulate the brand new soldiers of our nation, SOLDIERS: VOL 2 MAIA FABIANA CACERES, VOL 2 KARLA LUZ CASTILLO VILLALBA, VOL 2 LUCRECIA ALEJANDRA FERNANDEZ, VOL 2 MARIA GABRIELA LOPEZ, VOL 2 ROMINA MARIELA LUCCHIARI, VOL 2 PAMELA FLORENCIA ROMANO, VOL 2 VOL 2 AXEL NICOLÁS SOLANO, VOL 2 ALAN ISRAEL FRANCISCO, VOL 2 LUCAS ELIAN LOPEZ, VOL 2 GUILLERMO RODRIGUEZ, VOL 2 DAMIAN ALEJANDRO JUAREZ, VOL 2 BRIAN TOMAS SMAMKOFF GAITAN, VOL 2 BETTIANA ANDREA FLORES, VOL 2 YAMILA LUEN SAMANIEGO, VOL 2 ALEXANDER LUKAS ALVARADO, VOL 2 DAMIAN CHRISTIAN CRISTALDO CAPRIOTTI, VOL 2 JOSE GABRIEL GAUNA, VOL 2 MARTIN GABRIEL MORENO, VOL 2 JORGE MAMANI CAYO, VOL 2 MATIAS RAFAEL MIRANDA, VOL 2 NAHUEL RIQUELME, VOL 2 KEVIN LEANDRO VARGAS, VOL 2 MARICRUZ RIQUELME LOPEZ, VOL 2 MANUEL EMILIANO MÁRQUEZ, VOL 2 YAMILA HAIDEE ARIAS.

18 June, 2021

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL TECHNICAL FRENCH COURSE FOR PEACE OPERATIONS

From June 14 to 18 the INTERMEDIATE LEVEL TECHNICAL FRENCH COURSE FOR PEACE OPERATIONS was held online at CAECOPAZ. It was based on French language practices applied to technical aspects and procedures related to Peacekeeping Operations. Attendants to the course included officers and NCOs from the Armed and Security Forces from different provinces of Argentina, the Republic of Peru and the Federative Republic of Brazil. Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin SOUBRA served as the Course Chief, with the assistance of Professor Uriel Jorge HADDAD. Our heartfelt thanks go to the instructors who demonstrated their experience and collaborated in the development of the activities. Also, we congratulate the attendants who completed the course for the effort and dedication shown throughout.

14 June, 2021

STAFF AND LEADERS COURSE ATF 58 / UNFLIGHT 56 UNFICYP

From May 31 to June 14, Caecopaz was host to the online STAFF AND LEADERS COURSE of the ARGENTINE TASK FORCE 58 (FTA 58) and the AIR UNIT 56 (UNFLIGHT 56). The purpose of the course was to provide the next-to be-deployed Staff with the necessary core knowledge of Peace Operations, United Nations Operational Techniques and specific mission scenarios. On June 14, the closing date of the course, the participants sat for their online final test. During the virtual closing ceremony, the Deputy Director of the center, Infantry Navy Commander Captain Martin Gabriel CATARDI, addressed the participants and thanked them for their interest in the course. The head of the Department of Education and Doctrine, Vice Commodore Javier CHIAPPAI, and the Head of the Course, Mayor Gastón Federico ORTIZ were also present. Our most heartfelt thanks go to the instructors who demonstrated their expertise and collaborated in the development of the activities. Also, we congratulate the attendants for the effort and dedication shown for the successful completion of this course.

10 June, 2021

UNFICYP Force Commander visits ATF 57 - OP38

On June 10 UNFICYP Force Commander, Major General Ingrid GJERDE, visited the Argentine Peacekeepers of Sector 1 for the first time ever since taking office. The visit was mainly focused on OP 38, under the command of Lieutenant Juan de la Cruz MARINI, the sector chief, who briefed her on some basic aspects of his AOR. Next, the chief of the TF 57 delivered a second briefing on Sector 1, highlighting the most important topics, which were later fully detailed by the MOLO team officers. Finally, the newly-appointed Force Commander of the mission, commended the effort and commitment characteristic of Sector 1 and thanked them for the high degree of excellence displayed by everyone during her first tour of the premises..

03 June, 2021

Formation for the International Day of UN Peacekeepers at CCOPAB

On 28 May, the Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations of Brazil (CCOPAB), carried out a formation related to the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. Former Commanders of the Peace Operations Training Center and civil and military authorities as well as Sergio VIEIRA DE MELLO's nephew (CCOPAB patron), André SIMÕES, were present. During the ceremony, the invited authorities acknowledged the professionalism, dedication and courage of the men and women who served as peacekeepers, placing a wreath at the Monument to the Fallen in Haiti, which is made up of elements recovered from the Brazilian bases. on a mission to MINUSTAH after the 2010 earthquake. This was followed by a bugle call in honor of the 42 Brazilian military, police and civilians who fell in the line of duty. Then, the parade of the center staff, veterans of peacekeeping missions and motorized personnel took place. Finally, it was possible to visit the static exhibition of the Guaraní and Lince armored vehicles, which will be available for the United Nations Peace Capabilities System (UNPCRS).

03 June, 2021

International Stage for the Protection of Civilians of the United Nations in the CCOPAB

From May 19 to 30, the Joint Center for Peace Operations of Brazil "Sergio VIEIRA DE MELLO", (CCOPAB), developed the International Stage for the Protection of Civilians of the United Nations, within the framework of the preparation stage of the peace mission. The objective was to prepare soldiers and military police to perform functions related to the protection of civilians, within the framework of UN Peacekeeping operations. The course was in charge of Captain Camila PAIVA and was developed in two stages: the first one dealt with Core Pre-Deployment Training Material topics and the second part dealt with Specialized Training Material topics for the protection of civilians. The adjunct instructors from Argentina, Lieutenant Colonel Cesar FRAGNI and Second Chief Warrant Officer Abel TOLAY, who are developing the course for the second time, worked alongside CCOPAB Instructors and Monitors. In addition, instructors and invited panelists from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, Portugal and Uruguay joined the team. We congratulate the staff of Argentine instructors for the work they are developing in the peace training center of the Federative Republic of Brazil.

03 June, 2021

Ceremony to commemorate the 211st anniversary of the creation of the Argentine Army

On June 2, CAECOPAZ held a ceremony to commemorate the 211st anniversary of the creation of the Argentine Army. After the words relevant to the date by Major Leandro NAKAGAMA GASHÚ, the chaplain of the Centre “Father Bernando CONTE GRAND”, made a religious invocation and a military silence was played for the fallen in the service of the Homeland. Finally, the Argentine Army March was sung and the parade took place. Our affectionate greetings and appreciation to the men and women that make up the Argentine Army, the retired personnel and those who are stationed throughout the country, fulfilling particular missions or in support of the community within the framework of the global pandemic that affects us all, in custody of national sovereignty, in Antarctic bases and especially those deployed serving in different peacekeeping missions. "With the values that our Heroes of Malvinas have bequeathed to us, subordination and courage, to defend the COUNTRY!"

01 June, 2021

High Intensity Language Training week at CCOPAB

In the week of April 05 to 09, 2021, the Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations of Brazil - Sergio VIEIRA DE MELLO Center, Brazilian Army Teaching Establishment (CCOPAB), developed a week of high intensity language training (High Intensity Language Training), during the training course for Military Observers, Staff Officers and Police, to be deployed soon in different peace missions in the Middle East and Africa. During the course, the adjunct instructors of Argentina Lieutenant Colonel Cesar FRAGNI and Second Chief Warrant Officer Abel TOLAY, in charge of the Spanish teacher Major Christiani LIMA, gave classes in Spanish of military terminology, referring to Pre-deployment of a contingent of United Nations, general situations of the missions of Haiti (MINUSTAH) and Cyprus (UNFICYP). Finally, presentations were given on missions, tasks and functions of the different roles to be filled in a command post. It should be noted that these personnel will be deployed in UNITED NATIONS INTERIM FORCE IN LEBANON (UNIFIL), at the command post of the Spanish military base Miguel de Cervantes, located in a region near the heights of GOLAN, in the vicinity of the town of KEFAR GIL. ADI.

31 May, 2021

United Nations Group of Military Observers in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

We are sharing photographic material sent to us by the Argentine troop members Captain Juan Carlos Hernández GÓMEZ and Captain Agustín SEÑORANS, who are part of the United Nations Group of Military Observers in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). On this occasion, they are at the observatory post, in the area of responsibility of the Rawalakot Base, and they are monitoring the positions of the Opposing Forces on the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. We congratulate our peacekeepers for the task they are carrying out, lending prestige to the Argentine Armed Forces, at the service of Peace in the world.

21 May, 2021

Closure of the STAFF OFFICER Course (UNSOC) and the BASIC TECHNICAL FRENCH COURSE FOR PEACE OPERATIONS

On May 21, the closure of the STAFF OFFICER Course (UNSOC) and the BASIC TECHNICAL FRENCH FOR PEACE OPERATIONS course, respectively, was held in CAECOPAZ. During the virtual ceremony, the head of the STAFF OFFICER Course Major Leandro NAKAGAMA GASHU, the head of the TECHNICAL FRENCH Course, Lieutenant Colonel of the French Army, Benjamin SOUBRA and finally the director of the center, Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI took the floor. We congratulate the national and foreign students and we thank the instructors and team members for the effort, commitment and dedication shown for the successful completion of these courses..

13 May, 2021

Ceremony to commemorate the 207th anniversary of the creation of the Argentine Navy

On 17 May, a ceremony to commemorate the 207th anniversary of the creation of the Argentine Navy was held at CAECOPAZ. The Deputy Director Infantry Navy Commander Martín Gabriel CATARDI referred to the historical importance and the fundamental role that the Argentine Navy plays to this day. Then, the Director Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI followed suit. Finally, the parade and the rendering of honors of the center took place. We extend our affectionate greetings and appreciation to the personnel that make up the prestigious Argentine Navy, who serve in all corners of the country and work for world peace.

13 May, 2021

First conference of reflection and dialogue on Prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation in Peacekeeping Operations

On 13 May, the Director of CAECOPAZ Colonel Pablo Filippini, together with the center's staff, participated in the 1st conference of reflection and dialogue on Prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation in Peacekeeping Operations. The dissertation was given by Dr. Susan Bartels, who presented the results of her academic research on the subject in Haiti and Congo. The session was moderated by Ms. Luciana Micha, director of the Center for International Policy Studies (CEPI). We’d like to express our gratitude for the invitation.

11 May, 2021

COURSE OF TECHNICAL FRENCH FOR PEACE OPERATIONS (Basic Level)

From May 11 to 21, the Basic Level Course of Technical French for Peace Operations was carried out in CAECOPAZ in online mode, with the coordination of Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin SOUBRA and the cooperation of Uriel Jorge HADDAD as a teacher. The objective is to train the participants in basic level tactical techniques and linguistic practices that include frequent technical terms used in oral and written communications in the framework of Peacekeeping Operations. The course has students from the three Armed Forces, the Gendarmerie, the Police, and personnel from Bolivia and Peru. Lieutenant Colonel SOUBRA gave a presentation on the development of the course and the importance of learning French today as a tool in United Nations operations. Mr. Uriel Jorge HADDAD taught the first French classes according to the following topics: Useful resources, new sounds, accents and the cedilla and French prosody among others.

30 April, 2021

CIVIL-MILITARY COORDINATION IN PEACE OPERATIONS COURSE (CIMIC) 2021

From April 26 to 30, the Civil-Military Coordination Course in Peace Operations (CIMIC) was carried out online, under the leadership of Captain Claudia Nelda FABIAN and the participation of the Instructors of the Department of Education and Doctrine of CAECOPAZ and invited instructors. The course was developed from presentations by instructors and experts in order to increase the tools associated with integrated planning with the purpose of promoting a suitable coordination in the daily task, in the framework of challenging situations that require appropriate interaction between civilians and the military. The following topics were dealt with on the agenda: ¨Principles of Peacekeeping in the United Nations¨; ¨The Functioning of the mandates in Peacekeeping Operations¨; ¨Introduction, principles and functions of the United Nations Civil-Military Coordination¨; ¨Civil-military humanitarian coordination¨; ¨The communication of the Civil-Military Coordination of the United Nations¨; ¨Link, exchange of information, planning and presentation of reports¨; ¨The relationship between CIMIC and the Protection of Civilians¨; ¨Support for humanitarian action in response to emergencies and disasters¨; and the ¨Reform of the security sector and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) ¨ among others. As a closing, a virtual ceremony was held presided over by the Director of CAECOPAZ Colonel Pablo FILIPPINI together with the authorities of the center.

23 April, 2021

“Evaluation of Sectors and Force Troops Units of Sector 1”

During the week of April 12 to 16 and on April 22 and 23 of the current year, an inspection visit was carried out by UNFICYP Headquarters personnel. The purpose of the visit was to evaluate the different standard operating procedures (SOPs) and level of instruction of the peacekeepers of Sector 1. In the first part, between April 12 and 16, Sector 1 was evaluated in the logistical aspects by means of the Mission Support Continuity Audit (MSCA), by DCOS Ops Sup, TC Pak Zaka ULLAH. The objective of this inspection was to ensure compliance with the UN regulations and personnel, infrastructure and logistics management processes. In the second part of the inspection, on April 22 and 23, the ATF 57 was evaluated in its operational aspects, through the FC's Evaluation of Sectors and Force Troops Units. As a first activity, on April 22, a presentation was made by the Chief of the ATF 57, Lieutenant Colonel Matías Jorge MONES RUIZ and his staff, to the Officer in Charge of the military component, CN Neil WRIGHT and part of the General Staff of the HQ. After that, each evaluator supervised that the existing documentation of each area was updated. Then, they toured the facilities and checked on the operation of the Sector's Tactical Operations Center. The enlistment of the different reserves available to the Task Force was carried out. The means and vehicles were supervised, and the personnel were checked in their particular missions. The following day and to complete the inspection, different exercises were carried out in the Buffer Zone. The first situation sought to stage the entry to it of unauthorized civilian personnel (farmers and shepherds), in the proximity of an Observation Post (OP) of our Area of Responsibility (AOR). Sequentially, other moments emerged with the aim of worsening the situation, such as the appearance of part of the opposition forces, the local political authorities and even the press. All the security systems as well as the links and reserves, were put to the test. In a second situation, a CAR CRASH (vehicle accident) was staged in the vicinity of OP 39. Once notified about what had happened, the personnel assigned for this purpose prepared their means to go to the place of the alleged incident. Once there, they proceeded to resolve the different situations by executing particular procedures in each issue, including a ground evacuation of the wounded. Both exercises ended with a criticism on the part of the evaluating staff, expressing their agreement with the results in relation to the theoretical and practical concepts observed during the activity. In this way, the Argentine Task Force 57 was formally evaluated at all levels of management, procedures, good practices and recommendations were made to achieve the improvement of all management areas.

23 April, 2021

CONVERSATION WORKSHOPS - INTERMEDIATE LEVEL AND ADVANCED LEVEL-

From April 5, conversation workshops for intermediate level students (A1 + / A2) and advanced level students (B1 / B2) of French are being carried out. Each month, a topic on current affairs is proposed (cinema, languages, literature, games, health, food, and so on), around which the different meetings are organized. The topic of the month has been worked on in each class from different authentic materials (press articles, comics, fragments of stories, poems, songs, videos, advertisements, radio broadcasts, short films, etc.). They serve to enliven the debate and conversation, but also allow students to review or learn some points about the functioning of the language, be it grammatical, lexical or phonetic. Additionally, participants work with writing exercises or activities.

23 April, 2021

REGULAR MILITARY FRENCH COURSE FOR BEGINNERS - FIRST MODULE -

From April 05 to 16, the first module of the REGULAR MILITARY FRENCH COURSE FOR BEGINNERS was taught online under the coordination of Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin SOUBRA and the participation as a teacher of Uriel Jorge HADDAD. This course, which is intended for military and civilian personnel with little or no knowledge of the language, allows participants to reach (after 5 modules - each of two learning weeks, totalling 80 hours of work) an introductory level of French (level A1 of the CEFR), but oriented to professional situations in military life. During Module 1 the following topics were developed: pronouncing in French; communicating in class; counting from 0 to 69; getting to know the equivalence of ranks of the army between France and Argentina; spelling their first and last names; greeting and introducing themselves militarily and expressing their nationality and profession / occupation in the army, among others. We congratulate the students for their performance and effort evinced throughout the course.

23 April, 2021

Videoconference with the International School of Security Forces (EIFORCES) of Cameroon

On Friday, 23 April, a videoconference was held between management personnel of the International School of Security Forces (EIFORCES) of Cameroon and the Argentine Joint Training Centre for Peace Operations (CAECOPAZ) of Argentina. The meeting was attended by personnel from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cameroon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of Argentina, the Embassy of Cameroon in Brazil and authorities from both training centers. CAECOPAZ and EIFORCES expressed their willingness to continue advancing in mutual cooperation agreements in training and research, in pursuit of the mission of training personnel for Peacekeeping Operations.

23 April, 2021

Celebration for the day of the Argentine Army’s Cavalry Branch and its Patron Saint George in Campo ¨San Martín¨-Cyprus UNFICYP-

On 23 April, a military parade was held in the Parade ground of Campo "SAN MARTIN" to celebrate the day of the Argentine Army’s Cavalry Branch and its Patron Saint George. The ceremony was presided over by the Chief of the Argentine Task Force 57, Lieutenant Colonel (Cavalry) Matías Jorge MONES RUIZ. Cavalry Lieutenant Lucas Gabriel D'JALLAD delivered a speech with words relevant to the date, extolling the Argentine Army’s Cavalry Branch and recalling Artigas’s Blandengues, Necochea’s Hunters, Lavalle’s Cuirassiers, Zelaya’s Dragons, Güemes’s Infernales, Pueyrredón’s Hussars, General Paz’s Lancers and of course General San Martín’s Grenadiers and their endless, glorious charges in Argentine history. Finally, the Chief of the FTA 57 addressed a few words to the lined up personnel, highlighting the self-denial and value of the self-sacrificing Cavalry, which, together with the other branches, TOE, technical troops and services, the Argentine Air Force, the Argentine Navy and the Armed Forces of friendly countries, work jointly and collaboratively to hold up high the professionalism. and self-sacrifice of the Argentine Contingent in Cyprus.

21 April, 2021

Ceremony for the Day of the Army of the Federative Republic of Brazil

On April 21, a ceremony was held in CAECOPAZ to commemorate a new anniversary of the creation of the Army of the Federative Republic of Brazil dated April 19. Lieutenant Colonel Alisson Alencar DAVID, Head of the Evaluation Secretariat and the Doctrine Division, referred to this date and then they were greeted by the authorities of the center. He was accompanied by Warrant Officer Class I CLODOALDO Pedrosa Miranda, CAECOPAZ instructor, Captain Danilo MAGON García and Captain RENATO COSTA Esteves, assigned to the Directorate of Operational Education, and Sergeant Leonardo CALEGARI from the School of Army non-commissioned Officers "Sargento Cabral". We greet our Brazilian colleagues, to whom we are bound by strong ties of friendship and cooperation, and we especially thank our guest instructors who, day by day, honor CAECOPAZ with their dedication and professionalism.

20 April, 2021

Visit of the Military Attachés of the Federative Republic of Brazil

On April 20, CAECOPAZ received the formal visit of the Military Attachés of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Colonel Mauricio BARROS GUIMARÃES (outgoing) and Colonel Paulo Roberto Do BOMFIM E ARAUJO, (incoming). The delegation was received by the Director Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI, who updated them on the Education and Training activities that are carried out in the center. They asserted their intention of cooperation in supporting the training of contingents for Peacekeeping Operations that exists between both countries.

16 April, 2021

Visit of Commander Basilio Heriberto ROMERO, Head of the Training Center for Peace Police Operations (CENCAPOPAZ) and authorities

On 16 April, CAECOPAZ was visited by Commander Basilio Heriberto ROMERO, Head of the Training Center for Peace Police Operations (CENCAPOPAZ), together with the 2nd Commander Carlos PEREYRA. After being greeted by the Director Colonel Pablo FILIPPINI, they toured the center facilities accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel (Air Force) Javier CHIAPPAI, Head of the Department of Education and Doctrine. We are grateful for the honor of CENCAPOPAZ personnel’s visit. They are the true pioneers in the training of Argentine Blue Helmets and the ones who have contributed for 27 years to the training of the future "Sentinels of Peace" of the National Gendarmerie.

16 April, 2021

PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS COURSE (POC)

From April 12 to April 16, the Protection of Civilians Course (POC from its acronym in English) was carried out in CAECOPAZ under a mixed modality (face-to-face and online). The course was developed from presentations by instructors and experts in order to promote the understanding of the basic principles, guides and policies of the United Nations related to the Protection of Civilians and Children and to know the interaction and cooperation between the Military and Civil Components in Peacekeeping Operations with a mandate to Protect Civilians. Lieutenant Colonel Alisson DAVID acted as Course leader and worked with CAECOPAZ instructors and assigned and invited instructors. The following topics were developed on the agenda: ¨POC Operational Concept¨; ¨special considerations about Conflict-related Sexual Violence (CRSV- for its acronym in English) ¨; ¨special considerations about Child Protection¨; ¨POC Principles¨; ¨considerations to be taken into account about the tactical decision-making process¨ among others. By way of closing, a virtual ceremony was held presided over by the Director Colonel Pablo FILIPPINI together with the authorities of the center.

14 April, 2021

Ceremony in recognition of the recently promoted staff of the center

On 14 April, a ceremony was held at CAECOPAZ to congratulate the staff of the center recently promoted to the next rank. They are: - Lieutenant -Arsenals Andrea NOBILE - Regimental Sergeant Major - Communications Carlos Alberto MARQUEZ - Regimental Sergeant Major - Infantry Roberto Carlos QUIROGA - Regimental Sergeant Major - Motor Vehicle Driver Gregorio Amado ORTIGOZA - Regimental Sergeant Major - Installation mechanic Walter David GALARZA Our appreciation to each of them for their great professionalism, sense of esprit de corps and willingness to cooperate. We wish them the greatest success in this new stage that begins at the service of our Armed Forces.

13 April, 2021

International Day for Landmine Awareness and Demining Assistance at CCOPAB

On April 8, the Joint Center for Peace Operations of Brazil "Sergio Vieira de Mello", the Brazilian Army Training Center (CCOPAB), recalled the International Day for Landmine Awareness and Demining Assistance. On 4 April, 2006, it was established by the United Nations with the objective of raising awareness in the international community about the danger of antipersonnel landmines. During the seminar, in addition to a static display on the subject of landmines and related bibliography, what stood out was the participation, by videoconference, of the Engineering Colonel of the Brazilian Army CLEBER Machado Arruda, Head of the Group of Inter-American Monitors in Colombia (GMI-JID / OEA) and Ms. LINA María Castillo Méndez, Coordinator of Operations, Technical Assistance and Quality Management, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), Colombia. The adjunct instructors from Argentina Lieutenant Colonel Cesar FRAGNI and Second Chief Warrant Officer Abel TOLAY, together with the CCOPAB instructors and monitors, participated in the seminar and in the activity of instructors of the Engineering Arm of the School of Continuing Education for Officers and Military of the Paratrooper Combat Engineering Company.

08 April, 2021

Malvinas Seminar - Exposition by Retired MWV Col (Air Force) Luis Antonio LONGAR -

On 08 April, CAECOPAZ was honored by the visit of Retired Col (Air Force) Luis Antonio LONGAR, who is a Malvinas War Veteran (MWV). Col Luis Antonio LONGAR, who is from San Luis province, graduated from the Military Aviation School in 1976. In 1978, he took the Helicopter Pilot course. In 1982, when he was a Lieutenant, he was put to the test in the Malvinas War. During the lecture, he narrated his experiences as a pilot of the Bell 212 (H83) helicopter, in which he carried out search and rescue trips for ejected Air Force pilots, personnel from the Río Iguazú patrol boat of the Argentine Coast Guard and the members of the Observers from Aires from Condor Base who had been isolated during the war. We pay our tribute to a sensitive man, who continues to testify to the courage and love for the Homeland that our Veterans and Heroes showed in the Malvinas War.

08 April, 2021

Visit of the Military Attaché to the French Embassy in Argentina Lieutenant Colonel Patrick CABANES

On 08 April, CAECOPAZ was visited by the Military Attaché to the French Embassy in Argentina Lieutenant Colonel Patrick CABANES. The purpose of his visit was to tour the center and to take part in a work meeting aimed at strengthening the bilateral cooperation agreements between ARGENTINA and FRANCE. Since 2002, CAECOPAZ has counted on the support of French instructors and teachers in the Education Department, which has been of the utmost importance to the center. They contribute to the preparation of the Argentine contingents that will be employed in the different missions and also collaborate in the various courses and internships that the center gives to the military, the police force, the gendarmerie and the civilians, even from friendly countries. CAECOPAZ is thankful for their presence and celebrates the strengthening of the friendly ties between both nations.

06 April, 2021

"MALVINAS¨SEMINAR"

On the occasion of having commemorated on 2 April, a new anniversary of the beginning of the conflict in the Malvinas Islands and the South Atlantic, CAECOPAZ organized a series of conferences called the “MALVINAS” Seminar, where ex-combatants and specialists spoke on the subject and narrated their experiences. On 6 April, we had the honor of receiving Captain Fernando Bernabé SANTOS of the Argentine Navy, Malvinas War Veteran, who narrated his experience when he embarked with the rank of Accountant Midshipman in the Polar Transport ARA Bahía Paraíso, during the conflict. We appreciate his testimony and his virtual presence and in him, we honor and recognize all the veterans, Heroes of Malvinas who still walk with us.

02 April, 2021

Anniversary of the recovery of our Falkland Islands and the Day of the War Veteran in Campo "SAN MARTIN" ceremony

On April 2, a military parade was held in "SAN MARTIN Camp" to commemorate a new Anniversary of the recovery of our Falkland Islands and the Day of the War Veteran. The ceremony was held by the Chief of the Argentine Task Force 57, Lieutenant Colonel Matías Jorge MONES RUIZ. The Chaplain of the Task Force, Priest Daniel Alfredo CIRCICCIONE prayed for the victims and a minute of silence was done in honor of the fallen during the conflict. Captain Federico Mauricio MIÑO referred to the recovery of national sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands and South Georgia. By the ceremony, the Chief of the Argentine Task Force 57, addressed the troops, praising the heroes, those who returned alive and the 649 who remained on the Malvinas grounds. A similar ceremony took place in "General Julio Argentino ROCA" Camp, , which was in charge of Major Enrique Andrés BRACHETTI, chief of the camp. "Glory and Honor to our Heroes and Veterans of the Malvinas War

31 March, 2021

Military formation in commemoration of 2 April, for the conflict of ”Malvinas Islands and South Atlantic¨ and celebration of Holy Week

On Wednesday, 31 March, a ceremony was held in CAECOPAZ for a new anniversary of the conflict of ”Malvinas Islands and South Atlantic¨ in commemoration of 2 April and the start of Holy Week, which is a religious festival running up to Easter Sunday. After singing the stanzas of the Argentine National Anthem, Captain Gastón Maximiliano FASSON referred to the heroic deed of Malvinas and in recognition of our Heroes who died in combat, a bugle call was played. After that, the chaplain from Padre Bernardo Conte Grand Center conducted a religious invocation and blessing of the lined up personnel. Finally, the Director of CAECOPAZ Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI made the ceremony come to a close with some words related to the date.

22 March, 2021

United Nations Military Observer Group Mission in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

We share some images of the activities of the Argentine blue helmets in the United Nations Military Observer Group Mission in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). In this case, they carried out an area survey in the vicinity of the control line, in the town of Rawalakot, which is located at 2,600 meters above sea level. The function of the reconnaissance is to keep abreast of the general situation in the conflict area and to show the presence of the United Nations.

18 March, 2021

Work meeting with authorities of the Ministry of Defense

On 18 March, a work meeting was held in CAECOPAZ, which was attended by the Director of the center, Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI, as well as by Doctor Roberto Mario DE LUISE Undersecretary of International Affairs, Dr. Juan LOPEZ CHORNE, National Director of Cooperation for the Peacekeeping and by managerial staff of the center. The topics dealt with in the meeting were its academic offer, the possible agreements in the national and international agenda and the renewed commitment of the parties to work together with the intention of enhancing the training of the Argentinian Blue Helmets. The meeting also served the purpose of making Caecopaz Shooting Simulator (SIIMRA II) public..

10 March, 2021

VISIT OF THE OPERATIONAL COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES

On March 10 CAECOPAZ received a visit from the Operational Commander of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Martín DEIMUNDO ESCOBAL. He was welcomed by the Director Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI and after greeting the personnel in formation in the parade ground, he toured the facilities. The visit was intended to evaluate the current situation of the center and its educational offer, to make contact with the staff and to exchange ideas in order to continue advancing in the objectives of maintaining CAECOPAZ as an international training center of excellence. The objective is to take greater challenges together. Caecopaz personnel had the chance of interviewing Brigadier General Martín DEIMUNDO ESCOBAL. This interview will be published in the 4th edition of our “Peacekeeper” Magazine next April.

08 March, 2021

CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IN CAECOPAZ

On 8 March, CAECOPAZ celebrated International Women's Day, a date to commemorate women’s achievements in tearing down barriers and making themselves become the authors of history by creating a more inclusive world of equal opportunities and with respect for differences. The United Nations slogan for this year "Women Leaders: For an equal future in the world of Covid-19", is an invitation to highlight and recognize the important work of health and education workers, the Armed Forces and Security Forces and of all those women who are on the front line mitigating the spread of this pandemic. On this day, CAECOPAZ would like to express well-deserved recognition to the "WOMAN", just for the worthy fact of being one and deserving due respect as such.

08 March, 2021

FORMATION TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY IN SAN MARTÍN CAMP (REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS)

On 8 March, a formation took place to celebrate International Women's Day in San Martín camp, headquarters of the Argentine Contingent in the United Nations Force UNFICYP in Cyprus. Recognition diplomas were awarded and women were invited to continue upholding the “esprit de corps and camaraderie” that characterize our workers for Peace. These women were the representatives of all the Argentine Women in Peacekeeping who participated in the different missions of the United Nations and have put their professionalism, courage and spirit of sacrifice at the service of the Nation.

08 March, 2021

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

As they usually do in our countries, the women of the three Armed Forces, together with those of the brother nation of Paraguay, fulfill different functions as part of the Argentine Contingent in the United Nations UNFICYP Peacekeeping Force in the Republic of Cyprus. In this sense, the Head of the Contingent Lieutenant Colonel Matías Jorge MONES RUIZ, is pleased to greet all the women of the mission, on the occasion of the celebration of "International Women's Day" on 8 March. We would like to highlight the professionalism, self-sacrifice and willingness shown in the fulfillment of their tasks, either as part of the UNFICYP HQ, the UNFICYP, in the HQ Security Platoon, or in the ATF 57. CAECOPAZ supports this recognition and congratulates them for having accepted the challenge of being an example, so that every day there are more Women working for world Peace.

08 March, 2021

START OF THE TRAIN THE TRAINERS (TTT) COURSE

On Monday, 8 March, the TRAIN THE TRAINERS (TTT) course started online modality and will take place until Friday, 19 March, under the general coordination of Captain Gastón FASSON and the participation of the Instructors of the Department of Education and Doctrine from CAECOPAZ. The objective of the TTT 2021 Course is: to train the participant personnel in the use of the training material, methods and techniques related to United Nations Peace Operations, as well as to practise other methodological strategies, different from the traditional ones, in order to allow a better pedagogical performance of future instructors. After giving a presentation of the course and the course directives, Captain Gastón FASSON gave an instruction on the Introduction to Peacekeeping Operations and their fundamental Principles. Then Lieutenant Colonel Alisson DAVID made a presentation on the establishment and implementation of the Security Council mandates as well as the Operation of Peacekeeping Operations. Finally, Major Leandro NAKAGAMA referred to the United Nations Training System, pre-deployment training as well as the mission of the Argentine Armed Forces. The Director of CAECOPAZ Colonel Pablo FILIPPINI welcomed the TRAIN THE TRAINERS COURSE 2021, especially thanking the participants from the Friendly Countries of Paraguay, Ecuador and Peru as well as the representative of the Training Center for Peace Police Operations (CENCAPOPAZ ) and wished everyone the best of success in this new instance of training and improvement.

03 March, 2021

Visit of the delegation of the Military Attaché Office of the Federative Republic of Brazil in Argentina

During the morning of March 3, authorities and foreign instructors from CAECOPAZ received the delegation from the Military Attaché Office of the Federative Republic of Brazil in Argentina. The visit was made up of the Military Attaché of the Brazilian Army CR MAURICIO BARROS GUIMARÃES, TC FABIO DOS ANJOS DE SANTANA; CMG LEONARDO CAVALCANTI DE SOUZA LIMA of the Brazilian Navy and CR Av MARCELO FILGUEIRAS DE SENA of the Brazilian Air Force. The delegation was received by the Director Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI, staff of national and foreign officers and NCOs from the center. After touring the facilities, the Deputy Director of the Marine Infantry Captain, Martín Gabriel CATARDI made a presentation on the most relevant issues that characterize and highlight this center of excellence.

26 February, 2021

Redeployment of FTA 56

On 26 February, the personnel of the Argentine Task Force 56 (FTA 56), stationed in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Republic of Cyprus - UNFICYP, were redeployed. The Chief of Task Force 57, Lieutenant Colonel Matías Jorge MONES RUIZ, said goodbye and remarked on the professionalism, commitment and willingness to accomplish their duties during the six months. Then the staff boarded the buses towards the LARNACA Airport and after making a stopover in MADRID (SPAIN), they arrived safe and sound in Argentina. We wish them a successful new posting and a happy reunion with their beloved ones.

24 February, 2021

Arrival of the 2nd flight of FTA 57 to the Republic of Cyprus

The personnel of the second flight of the Argentine Task Force 57 UNFICYP have already arrived in the Republic of Cyprus safe and sound and will begin their quarantine phase there.

24 February, 2021

Farewell to Lieutenant Colonel of the Brazilian Army, Jefferson Jesús CAVALCANTI SILVA MENDES

On 24 February, Lieutenant Colonel of the Brazilian Army Jefferson Jesús CAVALCANTI SILVA MENDES, who finished his two-year deployment as an instructor, was bid farewell and offered a present from CAECOPAZ. Lieutenant Colonel Alencar Alisson DAVID will replace him on his duties, and we wish him a successful period. Our recognition to Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson SILVA MENDES for his outstanding participation in leading and directing various courses delivered in person and online; and special thanks for his kind heartedness since he was able to earn the respect and admiration of all who are part of this training center.

22 February, 2021

First activities carried out by the Argentine Military Observers in the territory of Kashmir

Within the framework of the United Nations Military Observer Group Mission in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), the Argentine peacekeepers, deployed at the ¨Domel¨ Field Station in the territory of Kashmir, are carrying out the first activities of patrolling the area and monitoring the maintenance of the ceasefire between India and Pakistan.

22 February, 2021

Departure of the 2nd flight of AFF 57

On 22 February, Colonel FILIPPINI bid farewell to the personnel of the second flight of the Argentine Task Force 57 UNFICYP, before leaving for Ezeiza International Airport. The director of CAECOPAZ expressed his deep satisfaction with the results obtained in the final preparation stage. After wishing them success in this professional challenge that is beginning, he asked them to bear in mind the indispensable military expression: "Argentine Task Force 57: Subordination and Courage to defend the Homeland!" CAECOPAZ adheres to these expressions and wishes them the greatest success in this mission, trusting that they will be worthy representatives of our Homeland, at the service of the United Nations and of Peace.

19 February, 2021

Training sessions on Gender, Women, Peace and Security - 2nd. Flight of ATF 57

From Feb 15 to Feb 19, CAECOPAZ held the Training sessions on Gender, Women, Peace and Security, for the personnel who will deploy on 22 February to the UNFICYP Mission in Cyprus. The speakers were Dr. Laura MASSON, Director of Gender Policies of the Ministry of Defense and her advisor Marilina MONTIEL, while Colonel Pablo FILIPPINI and the Gender focal points of the Center, Captain Guillermo TORRES and Ms. Ana TALAMONI, acted as moderators. Contents related to discrimination and equality were presented and Law N° 26485 of comprehensive protection was worked on to prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women in the areas in which they develop their interpersonal relationships.

19 February, 2021

Farewell videoconference to the second flight of FTA 57

On 19 February, the Operational Commander of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Martín DEIMUNDO ESCOBAL, bid farewell to the staff members of the SECOND FLIGHT of the ARGENTINE TASK FORCE 57 (FTA 57) by a video conference. On Monday, 22 February, they will deploy to the Republic of Cyprus. Joint Staff authorities, the Director of CAECOPAZ, the Chief of the FTA 56 and the second Chief of the FTA 57, both currently in Cyprus, participated in the ceremony. The Operational Commander said a few words of acknowledgement to our blue berets and wished them success in the mission they will soon begin, working for Peace in support of the United Nations.

17 February, 2021

National Flag hoisted for the first time in the UNMOGIP Mission

On 17 February, the National Flag hoisting ceremony was held for the first time at the UNMOGIP Mission Headquarters (United Nations Group of Military Observers in India and Pakistan). This date also marked the beginning of the Induction Training. The Chief of Military Observers, the Chief of staff and Mission Staff were in the ceremony. On that occasion, a present was given to the Chief of Mission, the Uruguayan Army General José Alcain, by the first Argentine Military Observers deployed in UNMOGIP, Captain Juan Carlos HERNANDEZ GOMEZ and Captain Agustín SEÑORANS.

17 February, 2021

Ash Wednesday Celebration Mass

On 17 February, the personnel of the 2nd flight of the Argentine Task Force 57 UNFICYP, participated in the celebration Mass on Ash Wednesday at Caecopaz by the Military Chaplain of the contingent, Priest Daniel Alfredo CIRRINCION.

17 February, 2021

First flight of the FTA 57 arrives at San Martin Camp

On 17 February, the personnel from the first flight of the Argentine Task Force 57 arrived at SAN MARTIN Camp and at ROCA Camp, respectively. They had been in isolation since 03 February and completed satisfactorily the quarantine period. The personnel were received by the Chief of the Argentine Contingent, Lieutenant Colonel Matias Jorge MONES RUIZ. Thus, the replacement and deployment process of the FTA in the UNFICYP mission was started.

17 February, 2021

Boot Camp Training (NIB in Spanish)

In CAECOPAZ, the Basic training (NIB) continues to be developed for the Professional Volunteer Soldiers recently posted to the center. On 16 February, they participated in a weapon training session carried out jointly with staff from the "Sargento CABRAL" NCO school from the army. It should be pointed out that CAECOPAZ does not enlist volunteer soldiers..

13 February, 2021

"CASCOS AZULES"(Blue Beret) radio programme staff visit. 87.5 Soldiers FM.

On 12 February CAECOPAZ received a visit from Retired Col. Eduardo CUNDINS, Director and Host of the "Blue Berets" programme on 87.5 SOLDADOS FM radio, and his son, Federico CUNDINS, producer and announcer. The purpose of the visit was to interview Col. Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI, as peacekeeper and new director of the Center, which will be broadcasted on the Blue Berets programme at the beginning of March, this year. We appreciate his presence and we wish them success in the communication of all the activities carried out by our Argentine “Blue Berets” around the world.

08 February, 2021

Nasal swab of the personnel of the second flight of ATF 57

On February 8, at CAECOPAZ, respiratory samples (nasal swabs) were taken from the personnel of the second flight of the Argentine Task Force 57. The objective of this is to guarantee the detection and early diagnosis of a possible case of coronavirus (COVID-19) and to allow its adequate care, as a preventive and control measure before being deployed to Cyprus. We thank Ms. Marcela OVEJERO and the health and welfare team of the Armed Forces for their work.

08 February, 2021

Start of Final Meeting Area of the second flight of the Argentine Task Force 57

On February 8, the personnel belonging to the second flight of the Argentine Task Force 57 (FTA 57) began its training phase in the Final Meeting Area, prior to being deployed to the Peace Mission in Cyprus. UNFICYP was received at CAECOPAZ. The Director Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI, welcomed them and wished them a pleasant stay in the center during these fifteen days of preventive isolation. The center staff, putting into practice the experiences acquired in this time of pandemic, have taken the necessary biosecurity measures: sanitation tunnel, disinfection of the material, social distancing, among others, to avoid outbreaks of COVID-19 among the members of ATF 57 or the center members, as well. After the instructors from the Department of Education gave instructions about the Coexistence and Biosafety Standards, the contingent proceeded to prepare their passports.

03 February, 2021

Farewell to the invited instructors from Chile and Brazil

On February 3, CAECOPAZ bid farewell to the instructors from friendly countries who are finishing their tour of duty here and gave them reminders in recognition of their visit to this training center. They are: - Captain of the Chilean Navy Andrés PASTENE ROJO, WO Class I of the Brazilian Army Odair José DALLA CORTE, WO Class I of the Brazilian Army Elton Luis SODER. CAECOPAZ thanks you for the services provided and for your cooperation in the training of the Argentine blue helmets.

01 February, 2021

Video Conference with the Minister of Defense and staff members of the first flight of the Argentine Task Force 57

On February 1, the Minister of Defense, Engineer Agustín ROSSI, bid farewell, through a videoconference, to the personnel of the FIRST FLIGHT of the ARGENTINE TASK FORCE 57 (FTA 57) - UNFICYP Peace Mission, who will deploy to Cyprus tomorrow. It was attended by national authorities from the Ministry of Defense, the Joint Chief of Staff, the Operational Commander, the Director of CAECOPAZ, the Chief of ATF 56 currently in Cyprus and the 2nd Chief, who is in charge of the contingent. The Minister expressed his satisfaction to the blue helmets for the effort made during their training stage and wished them the best of luck in the mission that they will soon begin, representing our Armed Forces and Argentina at the United Nations.

28 January, 2021

Deputy Chief of the Argentine 57 Task Force appointment

On 28 January, the Director of CAECOPAZ Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI, appointed the Major Engineer Pablo Roberto LARA in the position of 2nd Chief of the Argentine Task Force 57 as directed by the Operational Commander of the Armed Forces. CAECOPAZ congratulates the new Deputy Chief on his position and wishes him a successful administration in the Argentina-UNFICYP Peace Mission in the Republic of Cyprus..

27 January, 2021

International Challenges Forum for Peacekeeping

On 27 January, Ana Talamoni, representing the CAECOPAZ authorities, took part in the online meeting of partners for the International Challenges Forum for Peacekeeping. During the occasion, several contributions about the future of peace operations were made and the intention to seek synergies on how to better contribute and to make them more effective, strengthening the collective impact was also discussed.

25 January, 2021

Final Meeting Area starts - First Flight Argentine Task Force 57

The training activities for the 1st flight of the 57 Argentine Task Force (FTA 57) UNFICYP - Cyprus have begun in CAECOPAZ, within the framework of the Final Meeting Area. Topics such as "Fire Fight", "Women, peace and security", "Tactical Operation Center (TOC) and 4x4 Vehicle Management, among others, will be reviewed. Moreover, the members of Staff Officers, Molos and the Security Platoon of the ATF 57, will carry out a virtual English language training, an activity held by the teachers of the centre daily. Each day they will work on different topics such as: cultural diversity everyday life, radio procedures reports, briefing, military career, checkpoints, press conferences and will have to complete tasks through the Google Classroom platform. Activities are being carried out with the professional standard that characterizes our instructors, prioritizing strict compliance with the safety protocols established for COVID-19. Our blue helmets continue to prepare to comply with its functions effectively and efficiently in the Peacekeeping mission in the Republic of Cyprus.

18 December 2020

Commemoration for the 20 years of the signing of the Bilateral cooperation agreement between ARGENTINA and BRAZIL

On December 18, we celebrated 20 years after the signing of the Bilateral cooperation agreement between ARGENTINA and BRAZIL. The mission began in 2000, in CAECOPAZ, with the appointment of a Senior Officer QEMA and in 2012, it was expanded to two Officers and two NCOs. All serve as instructors in the Department of Education, contributing to the training tasks of the Argentine Contingent that will be performed in the CYPRUS mission (UNFICYP) and individual missions (Observers, General Staff and Liaison Officers). They also participate in conducting and directing the various courses and internships that the center delivers to the military, police and civilians, also from friendly countries. We celebrate 20 years of strengthening the ties of friendship and camaraderie between the Brazilian Army and the Argentine Armed Forces and we toast to a greater exchange of knowledge, doctrines and experiences, to face together new challenges in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. We congratulate and thank: - Lieutenant Colonel of the Brazilian Army Alisson DAVID - Lieutenant Colonel of the Brazilian Army Jefferson Jesús SILVA MENDES. - Chief Warrant Officer of the Brazilian Army Odair José DALLA CORTE. - Chief Warrant Officer of the Brazilian Army Elton Luis SODER.

14 December 2020

Ceremony of replacement and commissioning of the new Director at CAECOPAZ

On 14th December Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI took office as the new Director of CAECOPAZ in a ceremony presided by the Operational Commander of the Armed Forces Brigadier General Martín DEIMUNDO ESCOBAL. Said ceremony was attended by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Defense Licenciado José Francisco CAFIERO, the Deputy Secretary of International Affairs Doctor Roberto Mario DE LUISE, the National Director for Peacekeeping Cooperation Doctor Juan LÓPEZ CHORNE and the National Director of International Policy of Defense Licenciada María Natalia TINI, together with military authorities and families. After his farewell speech, the outgoing Director Colonel Miguel Ángel Salguero received from the NCOIC Regimental Sergeant Major Rodrigo NIETO a chest containing the Flag displayed during his command. Afterwards, Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI pledged allegiance to the National Constitution and took office effectively, after which he asked the staff of the “Doctor Carlos Saavedra Lamas” unit to take the customary oath of obedience and service. At the end of the ceremony honours were paid and a parade took place. CAECOPAZ thanks our outgoing Director for everything he did for this Centre and bids welcome to our brand new Director wishing him every success in his mission.

11 December 2020

Badge- presentation ceremony 2020

On 11th December, a badge-presentation ceremony was held at CAECOPAZ for the staff who were promoted. The promoted staff were: - Major Gustavo CHAVEZ LEGUINA, - Warrant Officer Gregorio Amado ORTIGOZA, - Warrant Officer Roberto Carlos QUIROGA, - Warrant Officer Jorge Adrián SANCHEZ, - Warrant Officer Walter David GALARZA, - Sergeant Mauricio Andrés LATTAR, - Sergeant Matías Jesús RUGGERI, - Sergeant Walter Alejandro POLANO, - Corporal Ariel Alejandro CASASOLA, - Corporal Walter Horacio AQUINO. Afterwards, the following staff received gifts after being assigned to new posts: - Major Gustavo CHAVEZ LEGUINA, - Sergeant Mauricio Andrés LATTAR, - Corporal Alejandro RUIZ To conclude, Colonel Miguel Ángel Salguero was awarded the “Outstanding Services Order” and received the badge for “Special Joint Skill as Peace Operations Instructor” (AECIOP, for its initials in Spanish), after which he briefed the audience. Our congratulations go to those who were promoted for their well-deserved achievement and wish those who leave us a promising future in their new posts..

09 December 2020

Award ceremony for foreign trainers and farewell to retired Private

On 9th December the Parade Square at CAECOPAZ witnessed a ceremony in which foreign trainers were given special awards and a retiring Private was bid farewell. First, Father Néstor Claudio ROCCA FRAIRE from the 1st Artillery Regiment made a religious invocation and blessed the medals and awards to be presented. Later, CAECOPAZ director Colonel Miguel Ángel SALGUERO awarded the “Outstanding Services Order” to the following foreign trainers: - Warrant Officer Odair José DALLA CORTE from the Brazilian Army - Warrant Officer Elton Luis SODER from the Brazilian Army- - First Lieutenant Edgardo Andrés PASTENE ROJO from the Chilean Marine Corps Next, the badge for “Special Joint Skill as Peace Operations Instructor” (AECIOP, for its initials in Spanish) was awarded to the following visiting trainers: - First Lieutenant Jefferson Jesús CAVALCANTI SILVA MENDES from the Brazilian Army. - Warrant Officer Odair José DALLA CORTE from the Brazilian Army - Warrant Officer Elton Luis SODER from the Brazilian Army- - First Lieutenant Edgardo Andrés PASTENE ROJO from the Chilean Marine Corps - First Lieutenant Benjamin SOUBRA from the French Army Finally, Private First Class Yesica Magdalena ROMERO received an award in recognition for her term of service as she is retiring after having completed her active duty time in the Force.

27 November 2020

ARGENTINE TASK FORCE 57 AND UNFLIGHT 55 STAFF OFFICERS COURSE

From 9th to 27th November, the Argentine Task Force 57 and UNFLIGHT 55 Staff Officers Online Course took place at CAECOPAZ as part of the Final Meeting Zone pre-deployment stage of the contingent to be deployed to the UNFICYP mission in 2021 coordinated by Air Force Major Gastón Federico ORTIZ, the officer in charge. Local and invited trainers approached the core of specific knowledge underlying Peace Operations, UN Operational Techniques and Specific mission scenarios, so that the attendants acquire the necessary knowledge to perform the roles assigned to them efficiently and effectively in keeping with the United Nations standards set for the mission. As closure to the course, Colonel Miguel Ángel Salguero, Director of the Centre, addressed the audience thus: “Both CAECOPAZ and you are getting ready for a real-life mission and to serve as soldiers in Peace Operations. Upon returning, you will be better professionals and human beings. I wish you all the best of luck on your tour of duty. Farewell!” CAECOPAZ acknowledges every effort made by the attendants and recognizes the standards of excellence displayed by the trainers in charge of the different classes of the course..

11 November 2020

10TH INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON GENDER, WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY IN PEACE OPERATIONS

On 2nd, 6th and 9th November, the 10th International Seminar on Gender, Women, Peace and Security in Peace Operations was held online at CAECOPAZ. Lic. Ana Talamoni, head of the International Relations Department and Gender Focal Point of the Centre, together with Captain Guillermo TORRES, Head of the ICT Department. Said course aimed at providing attendants with relevant, up-to-date information on gender policy in peace operations so that they can handle the fundamentals they need in order to be good advisors within their area of responsibility in UN Peace Operations. An outstanding group of national and international experts discussed core topics on the subject. At the end of the seminar, the Minister of Defense, B.E. Agustín Rossi said: “The participation of women within the Forces is the most important cultural shift that has taken place in the Argentine Armed Forces.” We thank each and every one of the attendants from all of Latin America and we encourage them to keep working together towards the inclusion of “Gender, Women, Peace and Security” in the UN agenda.

10 November 2020

12th Annual Meeting of full-pledged partners of the Latin American Association of Training Centres for Peace Operations (ALCOPAZ)

The 12th annual meeting of the full-pledged partners of the Latin American Association of Training Centres for Peace Operations (ALCOPAZ for its initials in Spanish) took place on the 12th and 13th November. Among the topics discussed were some related with operational matters and technical and professional support issues involved in peace operations. International speakers and full-pledged partners shared experiences and lessons learnt in the context of current peace operations. At the meeting, there was a special presentation by the Military Advisor of the UN Secretary General and Head of the Office of Military Affairs, Lieutenant General Carlos H. LOITEY. CAECOPAZ Director Colonel Miguel Ángel Salguero and high-ranking officers of the Centre were among the attendants as well.

10 November 2020

Webinar "Más allá de las Fronteras - Beyond frontiers"

The first session of the Webinar "Mas alla de las Fronteras - Beyond frontiers" began on November 10, within the framework of the Annual Meeting of the full-pledged partners of the Latin American Association of Training Centers for Peacekeeping Operations, ALCOPAZ, organized jointly with the International Association of Training Centers for Peacekeeping (IAPTC). The aim was to hold an inclusive event, with a projection of the capacities and the image of Latin America and its interaction with other regions, focusing mainly on education for peace operations. The first day session featured excellent international speakers and Latin American officers had the chance of sharing experiences and lessons learned directly in their different Peacekeeping missions. Then, on the second day, the topics discussed included Education and Training for tomorrow’s Peace Operations, and the motivations and opportunities for a qualitative change. The Director of CAECOPAZ Miguel Ángel SALGUERO and high-ranking staff of the Centre took part in it as well, and there were high-level speakers and moderators from the United Nations as well as staff currently serving in different Peacekeeping missions around the world. Our congratulations go to the organizers of such a prestigious event..

30 October 2020

Technical French Course for Peace Operations in CAECOPAZ

From 19 to 30 October, the Basic Level Technical French Course for Peacekeeping Operations was held online with the general coordination of Lieutenant Colonel Benjamín SOUBRA and tutor Johann MORA. The purpose of the course was to train the students in the strategies used in the framework of the “United Nations Peace Operations” and in a military setting with French or French-speaking business partners. In relation to the teaching method used; the course had a theoretical basis accomplished by presentations of the instructors and also a practical stage by means of tasks carried out by solving tactical situations applying the knowledge acquired. At the end of the course, the students participated in a virtual exam putting into practice the four basic French-speaking communication strategies: listening, speaking, reading and writing. CAECOPAZ appreciates the efforts of the participants and the efficiency of the instructors during the course.

30 October 2020

MILITARY EXPERTS ON MISSION AND UN MILITARY OBSERVERS COURSE

From 5 to 30 October, CAECOPAZ held the online Course in English for Military Experts on Mission (MEoM) and UN Military Observers for Officers from different Latin American countries. It was in charge of Major Gastón ORTIZ, together with Lieutenant Colonel Guillermo LARREYNA and Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson SILVA MENDES. Instructors of the Centre and some guests participated in the delivery of the course as well. The participants attended different lessons regarding the United Nations Standard Operational Procedure Manual (STM) in order to acquire the training standards established by the Integrated Training Service (ITS) of the Operations Department of the United Nations (DPO). The purpose was to provide them with tools to fulfil their tasks efficiently as Military Observers, Liaison Officers or as Inspectors in the United Nations Peace Missions 2021. It is worth mentioning the special participation of the international Instructors of the Peace Operations Intelligence Coordinating Team (PKI) belonging to the Department of Peace Operations (DPO); Mr. Guillaume DARMÉ, Colonel Lucian ANDREI of the Romanian Army who serves as Head of the Evaluation Team of the Office of Military Affairs, together with his Deputy Officer Lieutenant Colonel Oluwaseun SANNI from Nigeria, and the instructor Mrs. Celia RICHARDSON, who currently serves as Head of the Joint Mission Analysis Centre (JMAC) at UNFICYP. We congratulate the students for their performance during the course and the instructors for the professionalism and dedication.

26 October 2020

BEGINNING OF THE FIRST PART OF THE ANTARCTIC PERSONNEL’S PREVENTIVE ISOLATION

CAECOPAZ has organized the Quarantine Zone for the Antarctic Joint Command personnel (COCOANTAR), who will take over from those currently deployed in the Argentine Antarctic Bases, in order to facilitate their training and enable their deployment free of COVID-19. Today we received the first part of the Antarctic personnel that started the quarantine stage prior to their deployment, scheduled for November 11, 2020. By putting into practice the experiences acquired in this time of pandemic, the center has taken the necessary biosecurity measures, sanitation tunnel, disinfection of material and equipment, among others, to allow their entry and stay so as to minimize the risks of contagion.

2 October 2020 , 2020

Argentine Federal Police celebration

On Friday, 2nd October, CAECOPAZ celebrated the Argentine Federal Police week in recognition of the instructors and staff assigned to the centre. They were congratulated on their commitment and professionalism in the appointed tasks. Deputy Commissioner Néstor CARMONA praised teamwork as well as the joint effort of all individuals. After that, a one-minute silence was observed to remember the Federal Policemen and the Mounted Police inspector Juan Pablo ROLDÁN, "fallen on duty who will enjoy lasting glory ... “. The director of the centre, Colonel Miguel Ángel SALGUERO, greeted and congratulated the instructors of the Argentine Federal Police: Deputy Commissioner Néstor CARMONA, Inspector Agustín MUÑOZ, First Sergeant Fernando CROCCE and First Corporal Pablo LANGONE. Next, the NCOs mentioned above received the award “Aptitud Especial Conjunto de Instructor en Operaciones de Paz” (Joint Special Aptitude of Instructor in Peace Operations), awarded by the Joint Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces.

1 October, 2020

Brazil Independence Day

On Thursday, 1st October, CAECOPAZ held a ceremony commemorating Brazil Independence Day. The Military Attaché of the Brazilian Army, Colonel Maurício Barros Guimarães, and Brazilian officers and NCOs who serve in different training institutes in Argentina participated in the ceremony. Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson CAVALCANTI SILVA MENDES delivered a speech related to the 198th anniversary of the declaration of Independence of Brazil, celebrated on 7th September. Afterwards, the director of the centre, Colonel Miguel Ángel SALGUERO, greeted and congratulated the Brazilian instructors: Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson CAVALCANTI SILVA MENDES, Lieutenant Colonel Alisson DAVID, Chief Warrant Officer Odair José DALLA CORTE and Senior Warrant Officer Elton Luis SODER, for their commitment and professionalism in all the activities performed in the centre.

18 September , 2020

STAFF OFFICER COURSE

The Staff Officer course was held in CAECOPAZ from 7th to 18th September. It was delivered online and in English. It was in charge of Lieutenant Colonel Alisson DAVID, an instructor from Brazil. The objective was to increase knowledge and promote the development of theoretical and practical skills necessary for the personnel who will serve as a Staff Officer within the framework of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. The trainees participated virtually in lessons such as United Nations Peace Operations, Responsibility to Protect and Action for Peacekeeping (R2P and A4P), United Nations Organizational Structure, Protection of Civilians, Women, Peace and Security and Human Rights among others. Finally, they carried out a leadership exercise as a Senior Staff in a hypothetical situation similar to that which can take place within a United Nations Peace Mission. We congratulate the students for their performance during the course and the instructors for their professionalism and dedication which bestows the recognition of the centre worldwide.

14 September , 2020

1st Meeting of the Cycle ¨The relationship between Defense and Argentine Foreign Policy¨

From 1st to 4th September, the 1st Meeting of the Cycle ¨The relationship between Defense and Argentine Foreign Policy¨ was held, organized and moderated by its director, Licenciada Luciana MICHA, director of the Center for International Policy Studies - UBA ( CEPI UBA) which had the cooperation of SAAP (Argentine Society for Political Analysis) and GIPEA (Argentine Foreign Policy Research Group) .It should be noted that CEPI UBA is a platform whose mission is to prioritize and promote the analysis of social, political and economic problems linked to International Politics. It is made up of the following Observatories: Humanitarian Affairs, International Politics, Defense and Security and International Political Economy. At the 3rd meeting of the Cycle, the Director of CAECOPAZ Colonel Miguel Ángel SALGUERO made a presentation on “Cooperation for peace and Humanitarian Assistance” together with Ambassador Fernando PETRELLA and the Ambassador of the White Helmets; Marina CARDELLI who also spoke about this topic according to their corresponding area. The cycle was highly relevant and was attended by more than 150 users, many of whom are highly important personalities for the country's Defense and Foreign Policy. To access the conference ¨Cooperation for Peace and Humanitarian Assistance¨, we would appreciate your access to our Facebook Fan Page @ caecopazoficial.1995.

8rd September , 2020

Second FTA 55 flight returns home.

Last Tuesday 8th September the staff of the second UNFICYP ATF 55 flight arrived safe and sound at Ezeiza International Airport. We wish them all well on their return to their units and a happy reunion with their beloved. Mission accomplished!