U.S. Government Recognizes Colombian Air Force Results in Fight against Drug Trafficking
By Dialogo April 17, 2013
Air Force General Tito Saúl Pinilla Pinilla, Colombian Air Force Commander, was honored with the ‘Legion of Merit in the Degree of Commander’ award at a military ceremony in Arlington Air Force Base, Virginia.
The U.S. Government awards this medal in recognition of the institution’s efforts to demonstrate commitment, collaboration and coordination in the fight against the misuse of air space, not only in Colombia, but also in other Latin American countries that have interdiction agreements for the fight against drug trafficking.
The United States recognizes the efforts made by the Colombian Air Force in strengthening its professionalism and training offered to crews taking a daily part in operations to counter insurgency, which has allowed them to be recognized internationally in recent years, particularly as seen by their participation in air combat exercise “Red Flag” last year, as well as in upcoming international cooperation strategic exercises, such as “Green Flag”, “Maple Flag” and “Angel Thunder”.
At the ceremony, the Air Force Commander General was acknowledged for the daily organization and training of crews that are responsible for safeguarding their national territory’s sovereignty, as well as for performing high-standard security operations, which make it possible for the Colombian Air Force to become the most operational institution in the continent, with cutting edge technology capable of operating 24/7 in order to guarantee the security of Colombia’s territory.
This honor makes Colombia more committed to accomplishing its constitutional mission and continuing its work to counter the misuse of air space through new technologies and training to remain at the head of Latin America’s fight against this scourge.
THE AMERICANS AREN'T INTERESTED IN HELPING COLOMBIA FIGHT DRUG TRAFFICKING. THEY HAVE OTHER INTERESTS.