Training Soldiers of Peace

Por Dialogo
abril 01, 2011

I participated in various Operations in all Haiti, while serving at the same time in the city of (Port au Prince) with a right to an extension for a period of 18 months, January 12, 20010. What a shame that NOBODY remembers!!, I did not lead anyone but I remained stationed in Les Cayes. So many times to be a good person, or to be very professional implies to be very busy. While others sit back and tell jokes and days go by while they count their days to go on leave and the dollars spent, all this happens until we see the things that we see!! In the end the only good thing that we have as human beings, is the most gratifying moment when we did something for someone (Service Vocation). A lot of training, a lot of teaching, but we’d rather not speak of support to the personnel. Perhaps I saw things that you did not want to see!! I did things that you did not want to do, Mr/ Don. What is Intellect worth without Will? A man with too much intellect, is a nobody Without Will!! A lot of will power from anonymity. Will power is useless if it comes with cowardice. Render the service straight, looking into the eyes. That is how a man behaves. There is no more resentful human being than a frustrated one.
There's no doubt that the man who posts anonymously was not able to get into a certain institute and enrolled in another one. He deserves pity for his frustration. The words coming out of his "mouth" are out of frustration. And in addition, he lies and he knows it. Nobody is entitled to an extension. Poor guy.

During Haiti’s earthquake in January 2010, many buildings collapsed,
including prisons. To prevent a massive jail escape and to secure inmates, the
Uruguayan peacekeeping forces acted quickly.
“Those were my troops,” said Col. Raúl Passarino, commander of the Uruguayan
Battalion assigned to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or
MINUSTAH, at the time. During an interview with Diálogo, Col. Passarino, current
director of the National School of Peacekeeping Operations of Uruguay, or ENOPU,
said, “They successfully applied all the lessons learned here at the school to
situations that occurred during their time in Haiti.”
ENOPU’s instructors are active and retired military officers from all three
branches of the Uruguayan Armed Forces, as well as officers from other countries.
These officers, along with civilians, bring extensive knowledge from their
experiences in past peacekeeping missions, providing unique contributions toward
course content.
Since 1995, in order to satisfy the need for properly trained forces to
participate in peacekeeping missions worldwide, the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense
established the Training Center for Peacekeeping Operations of the Army. This was
followed by the creation of the School of Army Peace Operations in 1998 and, 10
years later, when peacekeeping operations became a joint operation including all
three branches of the Armed Forces, ENOPU was created.
Col. Passarino affirmed the importance of the school’s mission and of
affording its students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in real world
scenarios. “It is to train our troops,” he said. “And perhaps most important of all,
collect information and lessons learned from those who have been out on these
peacekeeping missions.”

A BUSY PEACEKEEPING FORCE Uruguay has been involved in peacekeeping
operations throughout the world for close to 75 years. Despite the country’s
relatively small population of approximately 3 million, Uruguay is one of the
busiest peacekeeping forces in the world. The South American country’s military has
supported U.N. peacekeeping operations since the mid-1930s, participating in 25
different peacekeeping missions in countries as far away as the Democratic Republic
of Congo. During this time, more than 20,000 Uruguayans have contributed to world
peace. Some have even given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty; more than 40
have lost their lives while serving in efforts for peace.
Uruguay’s first foray into peacekeeping operations predates the U.N. when, in
1935, the Army served as a member of the Neutral Military Commission observing the
Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia. Several years later, Uruguay began its
50-year support of U.N. peacekeeping missions with the Kashmir conflict in 1952.

Since then, the country has supported peacekeeping operations throughout the
world, including Angola, Cambodia, Mozambique and the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
Uruguay ranks first in the world, on a per capita basis, for its contributions to
U.N. peacekeeping forces, with 2,513 Soldiers and officers in 10 U.N. peacekeeping
missions.
Currently, Uruguay is participating in the U.N. missions of the Democratic
Republic of the Congo and Haiti with personnel from their Army, Air Force and Navy.
Some of their tasks include security, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance,
and if called for, helping to fight criminal activity. Each branch has different
rotations for its contingents, with the Navy and Air Force serving one-year
rotations, while the Army alternated from six- to nine-month rotations.
Once the Uruguayan government commits to support a peacekeeping mission,
specialized training for the Armed Forces begins approximately 90 days prior to
deployment. Part of the training involves one month at ENOPU, where students are
taught courses in U.N. regulations, rules of engagement, logistics, and theories and
practices.

“We, as a country, do not have any interest other than that of peace,” said
Col. Passarino. “[U.N. peacekeepers] are recognizable representatives of selfless
aid anywhere we go. This is not something we learn, but rather an innate solidarity
toward our neighbors.”
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