The Juruá Border Command / 61st Jungle Infantry Battalion participated in Operation Castanheira II, carried out by the 17th Jungle Infantry Brigade, from June 6th to 10th. The main purpose of the operation was to fight cross-border and environmental crimes, and to intensify the presence of the Brazilian State on the border strip.
With the support of the public security and environmental inspection agencies, both federal and state, military operations were carried out in an interagency environment, eminently preventive and repressive, in the Integrated Protection Sector (SEPI) of the Marechal Thaumaturgo de Azevedo Battalion, in the municipalities of Mancio Lima and Rodrigues Alves. The actions took place along rivers and streams, therefore encompassing land and river operations.
The intensification of the Brazilian Army’s presence in the borderland takes place on both sides of the “Strong Arm, Friendly Hand” motto, combining defense and security with a Civic-Social Action in the Puyanawas Indigenous Land. The local citizens were able to enjoy basic health services, such as medical and hospital care (medical and dental care, vaccination, distribution of medicines, etc.), as well as recreational activities for children.
At the end of the Operation, a civic-military parade was held in the city of Mancio Lima, which was attended by civil and military authorities.
Source: Juruá Border Command