Uruguayan Army Soldiers Help Civilians Through Operation Soldado Amigo

Uruguayan Army Soldiers Help Civilians Through Operation Soldado Amigo

By Geraldine Cook
June 11, 2015

The Uruguayan Army’s “Brigadier General Juan A. Lavalleja” 11th Infantry Battalion – located in the city of Minas, department of Lavalleja – performed another community support task during a 48-hour marathon in locations throughout the department.

The Uruguayan Army recently has once again proven its committment to the civilian population with an outreach effort in the department of Lavalleja on May 21-22.

Troops with the “Brigadier General Juan A. Lavalleja” 11th Infantry Battalion moved throughout the department to help civilians with various tasks, such as painting, masonry, carpentry, metal works, sanitation, electrical work, wiring, pruning, mowing lawns, gardening, and general cleaning. They also provided haircuts and medical and dental treatment, and hosted recreational activities and musical shows at 18 public institutions in Lavalleja.

Overall, 160 Soldiers participated in the operation, using nine heavy and light vehicles and travelling even to remote towns such as Mariscala, Colón, and Pirarajá.

“Beyond performing an important social welfare activity, ‘Operation Soldado Amigo’ has woven strong ties between citizens and our service members, without distinction of rank or sex,” said Lieutenant Colonel Julio Giménez, chief of the “Brigadier General Juan A. Lavalleja” 11th Infantry Battalion. “From the initial planning stages of this Military operation, we have committed completely to this operation so we can successfully achieve the objectives set before us.”

“We can unequivocally say that this operation not only contributed to improving the general welfare of citizens, but it was also, as it always has been, a cause of celebration for our Soldiers.”

Armed Forces ongoing support to Uruguayan society

Since the Uruguayan Armed Forces were founded in 1828, the National Army has continually interacted with society — a history reflected in the unconditional call to service that stems from a profound empathy with citizens, Lt. Col. Giménez said. The strong relationships established with the residents of Lavalleja, where his unit is headquartered, is just one example of this.

“This decision to serve…is not only a decision to support our country, but an act of patriotism… They are one and the same, represented in the simple, profound fact of being a Soldier.”

That patriotism is expressed in a variety of efforts to support the civilian population throughout the year. For example, on February 24, service members of the 4th Artillery 105mm 1825 Liberation Crusade Group offered logistical support and provided Military tents to a civil association that has provided services to youths and adults with developmental disabilities for 12 years. The Creciendo Juntos
[Growing Together] Civil Association, located in Minas, works with disabled people and their families and provides experiences that focus on improving quality of life and self-determination.

“Thanks to the Army’s assistance, Creciendo Juntos
was able to hold its first camping event in tents, which were erected at the association’s facilities,” said Nilda Guerrero, director of Creciendo Juntos
.

The Uruguayan Army recently has once again proven its committment to the civilian population with an outreach effort in the department of Lavalleja on May 21-22.

Troops with the “Brigadier General Juan A. Lavalleja” 11th Infantry Battalion moved throughout the department to help civilians with various tasks, such as painting, masonry, carpentry, metal works, sanitation, electrical work, wiring, pruning, mowing lawns, gardening, and general cleaning. They also provided haircuts and medical and dental treatment, and hosted recreational activities and musical shows at 18 public institutions in Lavalleja.

Overall, 160 Soldiers participated in the operation, using nine heavy and light vehicles and travelling even to remote towns such as Mariscala, Colón, and Pirarajá.

“Beyond performing an important social welfare activity, ‘Operation Soldado Amigo’ has woven strong ties between citizens and our service members, without distinction of rank or sex,” said Lieutenant Colonel Julio Giménez, chief of the “Brigadier General Juan A. Lavalleja” 11th Infantry Battalion. “From the initial planning stages of this Military operation, we have committed completely to this operation so we can successfully achieve the objectives set before us.”

“We can unequivocally say that this operation not only contributed to improving the general welfare of citizens, but it was also, as it always has been, a cause of celebration for our Soldiers.”

Armed Forces ongoing support to Uruguayan society

Since the Uruguayan Armed Forces were founded in 1828, the National Army has continually interacted with society — a history reflected in the unconditional call to service that stems from a profound empathy with citizens, Lt. Col. Giménez said. The strong relationships established with the residents of Lavalleja, where his unit is headquartered, is just one example of this.

“This decision to serve…is not only a decision to support our country, but an act of patriotism… They are one and the same, represented in the simple, profound fact of being a Soldier.”

That patriotism is expressed in a variety of efforts to support the civilian population throughout the year. For example, on February 24, service members of the 4th Artillery 105mm 1825 Liberation Crusade Group offered logistical support and provided Military tents to a civil association that has provided services to youths and adults with developmental disabilities for 12 years. The Creciendo Juntos
[Growing Together] Civil Association, located in Minas, works with disabled people and their families and provides experiences that focus on improving quality of life and self-determination.

“Thanks to the Army’s assistance, Creciendo Juntos
was able to hold its first camping event in tents, which were erected at the association’s facilities,” said Nilda Guerrero, director of Creciendo Juntos
.

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