Colombian President Appoints New Armed Forces Leadership

By Dialogo
August 14, 2013

In a surprising move, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos replaced the entire command of the Armed Forces on August 12, after praising the work achieved by the departing leadership.

The announcement came from the presidential palace Casa de Nariño , a few days after the president began the last of his four years in office on August 7, escorted by Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón, and the outgoing and incoming commanders.

Army Major General Leonardo Barrero was appointed commander of the Military Forces, while Major General Juan Pablo Rodríguez was appointed the new Army Commander.

Vice Admiral Hernando Wills was named the new head of the National Navy, while Air Force Major General Guillermo León was appointed as the new Air Force Commander.

The police, part of the Armed Forces in Colombia, are now led by Major General Rodolfo Palomino, while the president of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is Air Force Major General Hugo Acosta.

The new leadership “has the paramount responsibility of succeeding the Armed Forces leadership that has achieved the most results in countering terrorism, drug trafficking, criminal gangs, and common crime in Colombia’s recent history,” Santos said when announcing the new command.