Peruvian Blue Helmets Fostering Peace

first_imgBy Dialogo December 09, 2010 I am a officer police of the Militar Police of state Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, and would like to participate of the peacekeeping missions, I am sub-lieutenant and I am 47 years age, and would like to know the age limit for a brasilian component? Barrios Coloma: We don’t teach military skills. We train them to face crises with the premise they already have some military training. Barrios Coloma: Of our 18 missions, 12 have ended and six are ongoing. A total of 3,538 members of Peru’s armed forces have participated in peace missions. LIMA, Peru – The Joint Training Center for Peace Operations (CECOPAZ) was established in Peru in 2003 to train military and civilian personnel participating in peacekeeping missions. Naval Capt. Roberto Barrios Coloma, the director of CECOPAZ, recently sat down with for an exclusive interview to discuss Peruvian peacekeeping contingents and their work worldwide. Barrios Coloma: There are 403 Peruvians deployed to six peacekeeping missions. The main contingent is in Haiti (366). We’re also in Sudan (19), Congo (7), Liberia (5), Ivory Coast (3) and Cyprus (3). We’re preparing to send to Haiti a contingent comprised of women. Is each branch of the military represented in peacekeeping missions? What is the role of Peruvian Blue Helmets deployed to a peacekeeping mission? What is the selection process? Have any Peruvian women participated in peacekeeping missions? Barrios Coloma: The level of tension they’re under calls for rotating these contingents every six months. The idea is for the personnel not to remain there forever, but instead to be always in rotation. How many missions have had Peruvian involvement? What is the required training? Is there a selection process to participate in these peacekeeping missions? What is the role of the civilians who take part in the missions? Barrios Coloma: From the military standpoint, the peacekeeping troops operate under the Force Commander, and their role is to provide security for the convoys. They are in charge of the refugee camps, as well as patrolling and maintaining checkpoints. In the case of observers, their task is to verify on the ground that a separation is maintained between two forces in conflict and to make sure there are no more confrontations. This job can be dangerous because they must move across fields containing landmines. center_img Barrios Coloma: Unlike other countries, the peacekeeping missions are supported by all entities, be it with tangible means or with qualified personnel. For instance, the Peru Company in Haiti includes members of the navy, army and air force. Barrios Coloma: In the specific case of Haiti, for example, we figured that as an airborne company the participants needed to be skilled in parachuting and swimming. Generally speaking, to make the final selection for these peace missions you must pass a professional military background test, as well as a physical examination. The scores are made public immediately after the tests are completed. Where are your peacekeepers performing missions? Barrios Coloma: Peacekeepers must be vaccinated for all missions. In the particular case of cholera, the Peru Company in Haiti includes a doctor who oversees the health of all personnel. Also, those who’ve returned from Haiti have been quarantined and subjected to a series of tests, with none of them showing evidence of any potentially contagious diseases. Barrios Coloma: The benefit of participating as a peacekeeping soldier is that it strengthens the participant’s service record. He or she is able to improve his or her skills, with the understanding that it’s an honor to serve a people who need his or her help. They are also remunerated for their service, and the armed forces are compensated for incurred expenses, training and the use of equipment. Are there any benefits to the career of the participant, or are these peace missions taken by volunteers willing to serve their country? What are the requirements? Barrios Coloma: There is an age limit, which normally means you must be younger than 35. In the case of observers, they must be commanders or majors, or their equivalent, depending on the force. They also have to be proficient in English and be physically fit. Barrios Coloma: We are represented by two types of civilians. We train journalists so they can provide coverage as correspondents, taking into account security measures. And we train United Nations officials, who as part of their regulations must take security training. We are their support. What preventive measures are taken to protect peacekeepers? For instance, how have you dealt with the outbreak of cholera in Haiti? How long is deployment? Barrios Coloma: The Joint Training Center for Peace Operations comes up with a vacancy announcement. It’s then up to each force to devise its own procedures for selecting and evaluating [candidates] to reach the number of peacekeeping troops needed. On top of that, a list of potential candidates must be added, in case you need to replace anyone who fails the academic requirements. Barrios Coloma: A total of 11 women have taken part in the peace missions, with two active. One is with the Joint Chiefs for the Peru Company in Haiti. Her duties include observing and reporting within her area of responsibility. We also have a woman who is an observer in a mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.last_img read more

Trojans Grapplers Capture Sectional Crown-Lots Of Area Regional Qualifiers

first_imgThe East Central Trojans Wrestling team continue their winning ways this season by capturing The Wrestling Sectional Team Championship at Franklin on Saturday, February 1st, at Franklin County. Coach Adam Wolf’s squad won six individual weight titles en route to repeating as Sectional Champs and all Trojans Wrestlers participating also Regional bound. The overall team results. 2-Milan, 3-South Dearborn, 4-Rushville, 5-Lawrenceburg, 6-Franklin County, 7-Connersville, 8-Greensburg, 9-Batesville, 10-Union County.The Batesville High School wrestling team traveled to Franklin County to compete in Sections with 9 other teams. Despite the 9th place finish, The Bulldogs had a strong individual performance with half the team that participated in placing and 3 moving on to regionals.Sophomore Josh Mobley had the best finish with a 2nd place finish at 152. Mobley went 2-1 with a pin and a 9-3 victory. Josh lost in the finals to number 3 ranked Bryar Hall form East Central. JT Linkel went 3-1 on his way to a 3rd place finish at 145. Linkel had 1 pin and 2 decision victories. Alex Murphy went 2-2 finishing 4th with 2 pins. All three will be moving on to regionals next week in Richmond. Seniors Nick Nobbe and Axel Garcia both placed 6th at 160 and 170. Other participants were Jonathan Lamping at 126, Jonathan Schrank at 138, Jy’lil Chappell at 182, Christian Garcia at 195, and Brandon Manning at 220. The team placed 9th with 55 points.Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoThe top four wrestlers from each individual weight class will advance to The Regionals at Richmond on Saturday, February 8th, starting at 9 AM.Congrats to our area qualifying wrestlers at The Sectionals and good luck at The Regionals.last_img read more