Ecuadorean Army Receives Heliports Donated by United States

In a ceremony presided over by Lieutenant General Marco Vera Ríos, the commander of the Ecuadorean Land Force, the South American country inaugurated two heliports donated by the United States as part of a cooperation agreement to support the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism along Ecuador’s northern border.
WRITER-ID | 27 June 2012

Lieutenant General Marco Vera Ríos of the Ecuadorean Land Force and Colonel William Fleming, the commander of the U.S. Military Group in Ecuador, cut the symbolic ribbon to inaugurate the heliports on June 25, 2012. (Photo: Infodefensa.com)

In a ceremony presided over by Lieutenant General Marco Vera Ríos, the commander of the Ecuadorean Land Force, the South American country inaugurated two heliports donated by the United States as part of a cooperation agreement to support the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism along Ecuador’s northern border.

The heliports are located in towns within the provinces of Imbabura and Carchi, and will be under the responsibility of the 36th (“Yaguachi”) Mechanized Cavalry Group.

The event was attended by Colonel William Fleming, commander of the U.S. Military Group in Ecuador; Major General Gelio Zambrano, director of the Land Operations Command; Major General Hugo Villegas Torres, commander of the 1st (“Shyris”) Division of the Ecuadorean Army; Major General Fernando Proaño, commander of the 1st “Norte” Operational Group; General César Merizalde, delegate from the Operations Directorate of the Armed Forces Joint Command; and prominent politicians and civilians from the city of Quito.

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