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november 26th, 2022

PRESS RELEASE XIV ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY – ALCOPAZ-

From Tuesday, 22 November to Friday, 25 November, the XIV Annual General Assembly of the Latin American Association of Training Centres for Peace Operations (ALCOPAZ) was held at the facilities of the Argentine Joint Training Centre for Peace Operations ( CAECOPAZ). It is worth mentioning that this year, Argentina, by means of CAECOPAZ, was once again in charge of the presidency of ALCOPAZ, as it did in 2009, which is consisted of government institutions and related organizations representing different States dedicated to the training of members of the Armed Forces, Security Forces and civilian personnel. ALCOPAZ presidency was exercised by the President Pro Tempore, Brigadier General Jorge Berredo, his secretary being Colonel Pablo Filippini, Director of CAECOPAZ. The opening ceremony was presided over by ALCOPAZ Secretary Pro Tempore, and on behalf of the president, Rear Admiral Marcelo Alejandro Dalle Nogare, who both welcomed the participants. To refer to the beginnings of the Association, Colonel (R) Raúl BERTOIA, former Director of CAECOPAZ, and first Secretary of ALCOPAZ in 2009, spoke to the audience. During the whole week, representatives from Germany, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay worked together to promote greater efficiency and effectiveness in the training of the personnel deployed to perform functions in Peacekeeping Operations, under the mandate of the United Nations. This year the main topic was ALCOPAZ regional course: “Environmental management in complex peace operations”. The aim is to understand how climate change affects the security and peace context in peacekeeping missions, identify climate-related security risks and assess the scale of their impact. Major Colonel (R) Adalberto Zucherino, Brigadier General (R) Nestor D`Ambra and Dr. Diaz Rivera from the National Ministry of Environment addressed on the subject.. The closing ceremony of the XIV general assembly was presided over by the Operational Commander and President of ALCOPAZ, Brigadier General Jorge Fabián Berredo. Military attachés from friendly countries, the Secretary of International Operations of Brazil, Brigadier Álvaro Marcelo Freixo, the commander of the B.A. Military Garrison Brigadier General Julio César Berden, Mr. Diego Rafael Mazzacone, Mr. Juan Estanislao Lopez Chorne, former Directors of CAECOPAZ, and representatives of ALCOPAZ participated in the conference. To conclude, the position of the presidency of ALCOPAZ was signed by both the outgoing president Brigadier General Jorge Fabián Berredo and the incoming president of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Brigadier Álvaro Marcelo Freixo. The latter committed himself to the association that has already completed 15 years at the service of peace. At the same time, ALCOPAZ awards were delivered to those who were worthy of them.

november 14th, 2022

VISIT OF THE US UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE

On 14 November, CAECOPAZ received the visit of Mr. Daniel P Erikson, US Undersecretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere, who was accompanied by personnel from the embassy of that country, and by Mr. Francisco Cafiero, Secretary of International Affairs for Defense. The authorities were received by the Director of the center, Colonel Pablo Alberto Filippini, who welcomed them. After a light lunch, Colonel Filippini expounded on the history of the center and the activities that take place there. They continued with a tour of the Education Department, where they had the opportunity to witness the activities of the "Protection of Civilians" course that is being taught at the center. Immediately afterwards, the delegation was invited to go through various practical training activities in the field, such as action against mines, 1st aid and finally, a simulated search, rescue and evacuation exercise of the wounded by air. We appreciate the visit to CAECOPAZ of such an outstanding international political figure, hoping that he has been able to appreciate the excellent work of our center.

september 30th, 2022

UNMOC COURSE 2022

From 5 to 30 September, the United Nations Military Observer Course (UNMOC) was held at CAECOPAZ facilities. Its purpose was to prepare the students as Military Observers to carry out different tasks in a Peace Operation Mission so that they are able to: Implement the mandates of Peace Operations in military aspects according to the principles and guidelines of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO), carry out military functions in an effective, professional and integrated manner, as well as understand and apply the core values and competencies of the United Nations. The UNMOC 2022 edition was coordinated by Major Gastón Ortiz (AAF) as Course leader and by Major Leandro Nakagama (AA) as Director of the final verification exercise. A total of 25 men and women belonging to the Armed Forces of the Argentine Republic and the Republic of Chile, as well as the Argentine Federal Police, participated in the course. During the development of the course we had the high honor of having the visit of Mr. Jean-Pierre LACROIX, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, who was accompanied by the Operational Commander of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Jorge Fabián BERREDO, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations organization in Argentina Magister Claudia MOJICA, the Undersecretary for International Affairs, Mr. Diego Rafael MAZZOCCONE, the special assistant to the United Nations Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations Mr. Alexis BERTHIER and the Human Rights Advisor to the Resident Coordinator Dr. Valeria GUERRA. The Argentine Joint Training Center for Peacekeeping Operations appreciates the visit of Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, which reflected the commitment assumed by Argentina, embodied in its state policy, in reference to Peace Missions under the standards established by the United Nations Organization. The course had a theoretical-practical learning stage where instructions related to the doctrine established by the United Nations were given according to the role they must develop as Military Observers. Finally, the final verification exercise was carried out in which the students, divided into teams and immersed in a hypothetical situation similar to the Peace Missions to which they will deploy, had to apply the knowledge and skills acquired by solving military problems that were happening on the ground and, in this way, test the skills acquired during the development of the course.

august 26th, 2022

Course “Women, Peace and Security”

From 22 to 26 August, the course “Women, Peace and Security” was held at CAECOPAZ jointly with the NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL (NPS). The purpose of the course "Women, Peace and Security" was to provide relevant and up-to-date information on the gender perspective in Peace Operations, so that the students have the basic and fundamental knowledge to advise people within their field of work in the framework of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. The course was given thanks to the cooperation of the GPOI and the US Embassy.The instructors were Dr. Debora Gibbons (NPS), Lic Ana Talamoni, Senior Petty Officer Rodrigo Nieto and Lieutenant Colonel Pablo Petrocelli (CAECOPAZ).

august 19th, 2022

Course "Civil-Military Coordination in Peace Operations" (CIMIC) was held at CAECOPAZ

The Course "Civil-Military Coordination in Peace Operations" (CIMIC) was held at CAECOPAZ, from 08 to 19 August. The purpose of the course was to train the students to be able to develop a correct analysis and how to proceed on Civil-Military Coordination issues in the United Nations environment. Furthermore, it was also aimed to foster interaction and cooperation between the military and civilian components. It is worth mentioning the participation of personnel of different nationalities such as: Chile, Colombia and the United States; as well as personnel from the Armed Forces, the Argentine Army Reserve, the Security Forces and civilian personnel. Assessment was carried out with an exercise based on a hypothetical situation of humanitarian crisis in a Peace Mission, within which the students were divided into teams, played the role of Civil-Military Coordinators at the mission level (U9) and in relation to the needs raised by the different humanitarian actors, they had to make an estimate of the Humanitarian Crisis, advising the head of the mission accordingly regarding the situation presented. It is important to stress that during the course we had the presence of the Director of the United Nations Training Centre of the German Armed Forces; Colonel Werner Klaffus who shared with us this final activity and we profited from his experience as well.

jule 03th, 2022

VISIT of NAVY CAPTAIN MWV FERNANDO BERNABÉ SANTOS

On Wednesday, July 06, 2022 at CAECOPAZ, within the framework of ¨THE MALVINAS WAR RESONATES 40 YEARS ON¨, we were pleased to receive the MWV Navy Captain Fernando Bernabé Santos, who shared his experience in the Malvinas conflict on board of a Polar transport (turned into a hospital) ARA Bahía Paraíso. The ship was engaged in the Malvinas heroic deed, and operated between March 22 and June 27, 1982, performing services in all phases of the operation: readiness, recovery of the islands, logistical support and withdrawal. Not only did the ship serve as logistical support for the recovery of the Georgias Islands but also as a hospital ship since it was transformed into one in the Malvinas Islands. MWV Navy Captain Fernando Bernabé Santos emphasized in his recollections “the importance of the silent work reflected in the crew's esprit de corps so that this naval unit fulfills all its tasks”. We are grateful for the visit of our hero from Malvinas who marked our ascendancy through his story in defense of our sovereignty in the Malvinas heroic deed and the South Atlantic Islands. Some important facts about Polar ARA Bahía Paraíso in its first year: Operated for 6 months, Sailed 25,000 miles,300 beds as a hospital ship, 100 days after joining the ARA, he opened his war diary

june 30th, 2022

Ceremony to commemorate the 27th Anniversary of CAECOPAZ

On June 30, a ceremony was held at the Parade Ground in CAECOPAZ to commemorate the 27th Anniversary of the Centre. It was presided over by the Minister of Defense Jorge Taiana, B.A., together with the chief of the Joint General Staff and the chiefs of the three Armed Forces. After the Argentine National Anthem was played, the chaplain of the Centre, Father Eduardo Castellanos, conducted a religious service. White doves were released to denote peace around the world and homage was paid to the personnel of the Armed Forces who have served in Military Peacekeeping Operations for over 60 years. Once the Director of the Center gave his speech, the professional files were delivered to the civilian staff of this center that during the current year have received the retirement benefit as well as those of the military personnel who went into retirement while serving in CAECOPAZ. Subsequently, the distinction was given to the military personnel who have been awarded the “joint special aptitude” as an instructor in peace operations during the year 2021. Closing the ceremony, the Minister of Defense of the Nation thanked the center for its commitment and their contribution to the Peace Missions in the world. It should be noted that CAECOPAZ has contributed to peacekeeping by training more than 25,000 men and women. Our appreciation goes to the support of the "Ituzaingó" military band, belonging to the Artillery Regiment 1 "Brigadier General Tomás de Iriarte". We also extend our thanks to all the staff for their collaboration so that the ceremony could take place. Today we are proud to be the oldest training center for Peacekeeping Operations in South America, celebrating 27 years training soldiers for Peace.

june 03th, 2022

STAFF OFFICER COURSE

From May 16 to June 3, the United Nations Staff Officers Course was held in CAECOPAZ under the direction of the Navy Captain Pablo Cabrio. The aim of this course is to improve knowledge and foster the development of the abilities required to operate successfully as an officer or noncommissioned Officer on the staff of a United Nations peacekeeping mission. Trainers with extensive expertise in United Nations peacekeeping missions were invited to participate in the workshop. A peacekeeping exercise was conducted at the end of the training to ensure that all participants had developed the decision-making abilities required to operate effectively in a United Nations peacekeeping mission.

mayo 30th, 2022

COURSE ON COMMUNICATIVE STRATEGIES IN ENGLISH FOR PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS (ELSPO)

During May, the course on Communicative Strategies in English for Peacekeeping Operations (ELSPO) was held in a virtual mode by Caecopaz. The course was delivered through the MOODLE/SEADEA platform. The general objective was to improve the four skills of the English language (reading, written expression, oral expression and listening comprehension) applied in the framework of United Nations Peace Operations. The course was in charge of the tutor, Prof. Sandra N Pizzorno; Professors Graciela Bertello, Gladys Juncos and the teacher assistant Eugenia Cornejo.

mayo 17th, 2022

VISIT OF WAR VETERAN SILVIA BARRERA

On 30 May and within the framework of "the 40 years Malvinas war anniversary" we received in Caecopaz, SILVIA BARRERA, Malvinas War Veteran, who was a surgical instrumentalist in the war along with five other volunteers. At that time Silvia, 23 years old, left everything to go to war. Her speech evidenced courage, dedication and professionalism, virtues that were essential at war. She had to overcome obstacles and uncertainties for female personnel, taking into account that at that time it was a men's context . But nothing and no one could make Silvia Barrera change her mind. Although her posting was at the Puerto Argentino Military Hospital, she finally stayed on board the ARA Almirante Irízar hospital ship, in the operating room, with the wounded. She was there, helped to smooth pains and physical wounds, many of which would last forever. She also tried to heal the soul, and the pride of those brave soldiers. Thank you for all you did!

mayo 17th, 2022

DAY OF THE ARGENTINE NAVY

On May 17, 1814, Admiral Guillermo Brown, the Commander of the national fleet defeated the Spanish fleet in the Montevideo naval battle, and thereby drove the Spanish Armada out of Rio de la Plata. This action allowed General San Martin to focus his resources on the emancipation fight, prompting him to declare that “Admiral Brown’s triumph was the most crucial milestone so far in the American Revolution”. In remembrance of the great battle, the 17th of May has been recognized as Argentina Navy Day since 1960.

mayo 13th, 2022

FAREWELL OF Mrs. ISABEL MUZIO Psy.D., AND CIVIL SERVANT Mrs GLADYS LILIAN

On May 13, at the parade ground in CAECOPAZ, there was a gathering for the farewell of Mrs Isabel Muzio and the civil agent Gladys Lilian Galeano, who retired after having been part of the permanent staff of the center since its creation. The Director of the center, Colonel Pablo Alberto Filippini, thanked both Lilian and Isabel for the professionalism and dedication shown after so many years of service in the center in pursuit of its mission: the training of Peacekeepers to deploy in a Peace Mission. We wish both of them the best of success in this new stage of their lives and we thank them for their work, dedication and commitment. Your print will remain in the center and our doors will be open forever.

mayo 06th, 2022

COURSE ON JOURNALISTS IN HOSTILE AREAS

The course on Journalists in Hostile Areas (fifth edition) was held at Caecopaz from May 2-6. Its main objective was to train media professionals on basic, theoretical and practical issues so that they can perform their tasks in conflict and post-conflict areas. Since those tasks are generally carried out in hostile environments, the training provides the reporters with the necessary strategies and techniques to do their job in war zones. It was aimed at press workers and technical personnel from civil, military and police communications media. It should be noted that the course included full board so that all the activities planned could be carried out throughout the week at all times, contemplating all the necessary security measures, both for the students and for the instructors and logistical support staff involved. Among the classroom activities, our instructors delivered classes related to United Nations Peace Operations, negotiation and International Humanitarian Law. In turn, theoretical-practical lessons related to displacement in urban environments were dealt with, as well as Introduction to Operations in NBC environments, first aid in the field, stress management, filming in risk situations, aircraft operation, navigation, orientation and survival track among others. In Addition, we had the honor of receiving keynote guest speakers who are currently leaders in the area of journalism as war correspondents such as: Carolina Amoroso, Elizabetta Piqué and Dr. Nelson Castro. The course "Journalists in Hostile Areas" 2022 ended with an academic closing ceremony presided over by Brigadier General Jorge Berredo and by the center's director, Colonel Pablo Alberto Filippini. 36 students from all over the country and abroad participated in the course and were awarded their certificates of completion and achievement.

april 20th, 2022

SEMINAR ON THE MALVINAS WAR

In April at CAECOPAZ and within the framework of "THE MALVINAS WAR RESONATES 40 YEARS ON" a series of talks were held, honored by of the presence of Brigadier General MWV (R ) Sergio Fernández, MWV Colonel (R) Jorge Pasolli, MWV Major Commodore (R) Alejandro Vergara, NI MWV Regimental Sergeant Major (R) Ricardo Akins and Regimental Sergeant Major NI MWV (R) Carlos Sini. Each of them narrated their experiences on the battlefield, expressing the values that made their performance stand out: honor, professionalism, training and dedication just to name some of them. They all made it clear that "A soldier must always be prepared for war since it comes up like a partridge, when one least expects it". The Director of the Center, Colonel Pablo Alberto Filippini, thanked the keynote speakers for their testimonies since "it helps us to reaffirm what we do every day: joint and combined work, and today's testimonies under different scenarios help us, day by day, to understand that everyone counts in this organization¨. Here, at CAECOPAZ and each of its members, we take these stories and experiences as a guide, which should constantly lead the way forward within the Armed Forces. We must not fail to preserve this legacy transmitted in the story of each of our former combatants. This legacy is the basis on which we must lay the foundation and grounding of our armed forces training, as well as the importance of meeting the challenges that might come along. We infinitely appreciate the experience and knowledge transmitted, we value the dedication and competence within and outside the mission area since after each talk, it becomes clear that the spirit of a soldier is shown at all times. We highlight the words of our director, Pablo Alberto Filippini: "You are soldiers for a lifetime."

april 08th, 2022

TRAIN THE TRAINERS

From March 28th to April 8th, the TRAIN THE TRAINERS Course with mixed modality (online/on site) was held at CAECOPAZ. Its main purpose is to provide the trainees with the theoretical-practical tools necessary to develop trainers´ skills and work as a Peacekeeping Operations Instructor. The center's instructors delivered different lessons such as: Cartography, MGRS System and GIS, First aid, Operation with aircraft (MEDEVAC), methodological strategies and the application of the updated training package of the UN (STM) regarding the TTT, physical training planning, stress management, use of TIC for class planning, scenarios design and planning , role playing for exercises on the ground as well as riot control instruction among others. It is worth mentioning that, as a final check out on the ground, the students in teams developed different topics that are the basis of the operational techniques of the United Nations, thus applying the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course.

march 16, 2022

FAREWELL OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALISSON ALENCAR DAVID

On March 16, at the parade ground at CAECOPAZ, we bid farewell to Lieutenant Colonel Alisson Alencar David from the Army of the Federative Republic of Brazil , who was posted for 2 years as a guest instructor at our center. After the religious invocation and blessing on behalf of the Chief of the Joint General Staff carried out by the Military Chaplain Father Bernando, the Director of the center, Colonel Pablo Alberto Filippini awarded a medal to Lieutenant Colonel David on behalf of the Chief of the Joint General Staff. Lieutenant Colonel David has left his own mark on those who had the opportunity to work alongside him, characterized by his perseverance, tenacity and integrity. Therefore, CAECOPAZ deeply appreciates the dedication, commitment and professionalism shown to raise the excellence of the center. In his words, Lieutenant Colonel David highlighted the fact that "...for more than 20 years there has been, and there will always be a regional sister Brazilian flag flying over at this parade ground". He also highlighted the bonds of friendship, mutual learning and experiences exchanged, not only professionally, but also family and social ones.

march 06, 2022

PARTICIPATION OF CAECOPAZ IN TECNÓPOLIS

On February 18 and 25, and March 6, at the Ministry of Defense stand in Tecnópolis, different CAECOPAZ personnel commissions spoke about the activities of the center and the important participation of the Argentine blue helmets around the world to collaborate with the maintenance of peace. Some of the meetings were attended by the Secretary for International Affairs of the Ministry of Defense, Mr. José Francisco Cafiero B.A., and the Director of Cooperation for Peacekeeping, Dr. Juan Lopez Chorne. Mr. Cafiero focused on the professionalism and international acknowledgement that our blue helmets have, highlighting the work carried out by CAECOPAZ in regard to their pre-deployment training. We keep on building bridges between our peacekeepers and the community in order to enhance the work done by so many Argentine soldiers deployed for peace in the world.

february 08, 2022

FAREWELL OF WW2 CLODOALDO PEDROSA MIRANDA

On February 08 at CAECOPAZ, a formation session was held to formally bid farewell to WW2 Clodoaldo Pedrosa Miranda of the Army of the Federative Republic of Brazil, who ended his posting as an exchange instructor at this center after 13 months. WW2 Clodoaldo raised the national flag, while the verses of the song Aurora were sung. Addressing a few words of farewell, he expressed his gratitude to all the Argentine people, and especially to the center, for the warm welcome and kindness shown to himself and his family. Extremely moved, he recognized Argentina as his second homeland. Immediately afterwards, the director of the center, Colonel Pablo Filippini, highlighted the professionalism, effort, and dedication of SP Clodoaldo, to whom he wished the greatest success on his return to Brazil. CAECOPAZ thanks you for all your contribution, but especially for the joy you brought to the center every day. Success and good luck ! "See you soon" Clodoaldo!

january 10, 2022

ATF 59 / UNFLIGHT 57 PRE DEPLOYMENT COURSE - FINAL ASSEMBLY ZONE

From January 10 and during 47 long days of isolation in CAECOPAZ, the personnel of the ARGENTINE TASK FORCE 59 and UNFLIGHT 57 completed the pre-deployment training and subsequent certification in the Final Assembly Zone, under a strict protocol of prevention of COVID 19, complying with the standards that the United Nations establishes. The Blue Helmets made up of men and women from the Argentine Army, Navy and Air Force, deployed on several flights to take over from the contingent deployed in the UNFICYP Mission (United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus). It should be noted that, during the farewell ceremony of the contingent, the Minister of Defense, Mr. Jorge TAIANA, and the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Mr. Juan Martín PALEO, were present. This ceremony was in charge of the Director of the center, Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI.

December 18, 2021

PRESENTATION OF THE “COMMEMORATIVE STAMP OF BLUE BERETS”

On 18 December, in a ceremony held in the “Libertador” Building of the Ministry of Defense, the "COMMEMORATIVE STAMP of BLUE BERETS" was presented. This initiative to spread the work of our Armed Forces in Peace Missions through the first stamp of ARGENTINE BLUE BERETS was carried out by the joint work of the Argentine Post, the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, CAECOPAZ and representatives of the United Nations in Argentina.

December 10, 2021

CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE YEAR 2021 AT CAECOPAZ

On 10 December, there was an official handing over of badges and acknowledgements to the personnel who have been posted to different military units as well as a warm farewell at CAECOPAZ. On this occasion, the insignia corresponding to the personnel of the Argentine Navy being promoted was delivered, they are the Second Warrant Officer Victor PENA and the Second Warrant Officer Juan SOLÍS. Then, gifts to the personnel to serve in different assignment posts: - Argentine Army Infantry Captain Gastón FASSON. - Chief Warrant Officer of the Argentine Navy Hugo Martín SOSA. - Sergeant of the Argentine Army Manuel Pio Antonio CARDOZO. Voluntary Soldier of First Milton LENCINAS SOTO was also acknowledged for his years of service. Lastly, diplomas were awarded to volunteer soldiers who completed the Adapted Basic Instruction Nucleus. They are: - VS "Ec" Elías Gabriel ALVAREZ - VS "Ec" Ariana Micaela DOMINGUEZ - VS Jennifer Nicole JOLLIMAN - VS " Selene Belén LIQUITAY - VS Ivana NAVARRO - VS Ximena MILLARES - VS Gisella Amelia OVIEDO - VS Vanina Magali ROTTOLI - VS Franco Lautaro VARELA - VS Alexis Nahuel VERDUN

December 4, 2021

POPE FRANCIS VISITS TASK FORCE 58 IN CYPRUS

On 4 December, Pope Francis visited the Argentine Task Force 58 in the Republic of Cyprus. Before the end of his visit to the Mediterranean country, Pope Francis approached the Nunciature of Nicosia, to meet the Argentine soldiers serving in the UNFICYP Peace Mission. During the meeting, the pope gave them rosaries and blessed the Task Force Flags and religious objects. For 50 years, our country has participated in the Peace Missions, fighting for peace and social stability in the region. There, our soldiers work daily in support of the communities with the aim of maintaining peace between the parties in conflict.

30th November 2021

INTERMEDIATE MEETING AREA - TASK FORCE 59

During November, the Intermediate Meeting Area was held in the 15th Cavalry Regiment of Mountain Reconnaissance “Libertador Simón Bolívar” (RC M 15 in Spanish), stationed in Campo los Andes, Mendoza Province. The mobile team of the Education and Doctrine Department of CAECOPAZ gave classes on cartography, stress management, aircraft operations, TONU runway, among others. To conclude, an “Integrated Activity” was carried out so that the members of Task Force 59 could apply knowledge acquired during training. Likewise, within the framework of the activities, the Commander of the 8th Mountain Brigade, Brigadier General Marcelo TEMER YAPUR, visited the Regiment and monitored the activities that were being carried out in the Intermediate Meeting Area by the personnel in charge of the Director of CAECOPAZ.

26th November 2021

Uruguay - Argentina Handover ceremony for the Chairmanship of ALCOPAZ

On the 26th of November, and after three very busy days, Montevideo, Uruguay was host to the closing ceremony of the Annual Conference and International Seminar “Supporting Peace Operations Actions” within the 13th General Assembly of the Latin American Association of Training Centres for Peace Operations (ALCOPAZ, for its initials in Spanish). On this occasion, the Director of CAECOPAZ Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI, took over the pro-tempore chairmanship and secretary of said Association. Argentina was the first country to chair the Association back in 2009, when the Foundational Assembly of ALCOPAZ was held in this country. The chairmanship of the Association is a rotating post held by all of its members in turn following the alphabetical order, thus allowing each full member state to hold this important annual event. We wish all members of CAECOPAZ every success in addressing the ensuing challenge in this coming year.

20th November 2021

Major Gastón Federico ORTIZ Commission to Germany

Last October CAECOPAZ Major Gastón Federico ORTIZ was a guest speaker at the United Nations Military Observers Course at the “German Armed Forces United Nation Training Center” in Bundeswehr, Hammelburg, Federal Republic of Germany. The staff included fifteen military trainers not only local but also from Hungary, Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Poland, Finland and the Netherlands. The course was attended by twenty-one students, some of them from Ukraine, Slovenia, Ivory Coast and Mexico. CAECOPAZ thanks the German Armed Forces United Nation Training Center for their invitation to participate. This is an example of how international cooperation is the cornerstone for the enrichment of our Centre, for a training of excellence and also to train our trainers in the context of the United Nations. We would also like to congratulate Major Gastón ORTIZ of the Argentine Air Force for his outstanding performance in the face of such an internationally relevant appointment, which, also, honours not only CAECOPAZ but also all the Argentine Armed Forces.

20th November 2021

“JOURNALISTS IN HOSTILE AREAS” Course

On the 20th November the “Journalists in Hostile Areas” 2021 course came to an end. During the closing ceremony, the chaplain of the Centre led a short religious service and attendees received their certificates of participation. Afterwards, the Director of the Centre Colonel Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI congratulated them on their outstanding attainment of the course objectives. He also particularly thanked all the people and institutions behind the successful, top-notch outcome of this course. The aim of this course was to provide media professionals, journalists and press members with knowledge and basic practical skills to carry out their work in conflict and post-conflict areas and with the survival tools they need to keep safe while they are there. CAECOPAZ congratulates all graduates on their effort and sustained commitment shown during the course.

15th November 2021

English Language Strategies in Peace Operations (ELSPO) course

Last November, the ELSPO online course took place on the SEADEA (Argentine Army Remote Learning System, for its initials in Spanish) Moodle platform. The main goal of the course is for students to improve their English communicative skills in the context of UN Peace Operations. This course, unique worldwide in its aim and scope, was designed by the Academic Secretary staff: Prof Sandra PIZZORNO, BA Graciela BERTELLO, BA Gladys JUNCOS, BA Pablo LABANDEIRA, BA Marta FALCO and Teaching Assistant Ms Eugenia CORNEJO. We thank the amazing work and the outstanding effort of our staff. We also thank all attendees for their enthusiasm, active participation and sustained commitment shown in every task they did.

12th November 2021

Human Rights and Gender Course

The Human Rights and Gender in Peace Operations course was held at CAECOPAZ between the 8th and the 12th of November. In his closing speech, the Director of the Centre CL Pablo Alberto FILIPPINI thanked both speakers for creating excellent opportunities of work and reflection and attendees for their participation. We thank guest trainers for their contribution of knowledge and expertise to the course: BA Delfina HAMILTON from UNO Women in Argentina; LT CL Duilia TURNER, Chief of the Women, Peace and Security Program (USA); LT CL Ivana Mara, Gender Advisor of the Brazilian Navy; Dr Crystina Wyler and BA Marisol Chávez. We thank all of them for having been with us on this occasion and extend an invitation to keep delving into Human Rights and Gender issues.

5th November, 2021

DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration) Online Course

The DDR online course took place at CAECOPAZ between the 1st and the 5th of November. Deputy Police Commissioner Pablo RUIZ ASSEM was the course Chief and CW3 Clodoaldo PEDROZA MIRANDA the officer in charge, both of them part of CAECOPAZ staff. The aim of the course was to train attendees in the DDR procedures. in the framework of Peace Operations. Among guest speakers were LT CL (Navy) Marcelo SAENZ HINTZE (Ret.), Vice Commodore Marco SAVOIA, who spoke about “The UN approach to DDR” ans “DDR programmes”. CAECOPAZ thanks all civilian and military attendees from both Armed and Security Forces of Argentina and Latin America who honoured our course with their participation.

October 29th, 2021

Visit to UNFICYP of the Ambassador of Argentina in Israel and Cyprus

On October 29th, the Ambassador of Argentina in Israel and Cyprus, Mr. Sergio Daniel Urribarri, visited the peacekeepers of the Argentine Contingent at UNFICYP. The visit took place in Campo San Martin, where the Chief of the Argentine Task Force 58, Lieutenant Colonel Walter Alexander PARSZYK presented the lined-up troops to the Ambassador, who then addressed the contingent. Later on, he greeted the personnel, highlighting his pride for the responsibility and professionalism in the task they perform, which have made them deserving of respect and admiration throughout the world. Finally, a camaraderie lunch was held in the officers' mess hall.

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.