Campo Grande (MS) – As part of Operation Pantanal 2023, troops from the Brigades of the Western Military Command (CMO) marched into combat, an offensive movement that allows a military force to approach the enemy and establish contact, and which normally precedes an attack.
During the march, different actions were practiced, just as they would be in the event of a real conflict. The 4th Mechanized Cavalry Brigade used its anti-aircraft defense elements. The 18th Pantanal Infantry Brigade carried out a watercourse crossing with specialized engineering support in reinforcement.
Operation Pantanal is part of the Western Military Command’s Advanced Training Program, which includes all Brigades, Major Commands and directly subordinate Military Organizations. The activity brings together around 3,000 military personnel and 400 vehicles, as well as helicopters, boats and resources from the Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON), which allow activities to be monitored in real time. The operation also includes military personnel from the Brazilian Navy and the Brazilian Air Force.
The exercise aims to train the troops involved to act in war situations; to exercise tactical planning aimed at external defence and to experiment with ways of using and organizing the Land Force.
Part of Operation Pantanal are soldiers from the 4th Mechanized Cavalry Brigade; the 13th Motorized Infantry Brigade; the 18th Pantanal Infantry Brigade; the 3rd Engineering Group; the 9th Logistics Group; the 9th Army Police Battalion; the 9th Communications and Electronic Warfare Battalion; the 9th Military Region; the 6th Military Intelligence Battalion; the CMO Administration and Support Base; the 3rd Army Aviation Battalion; the Special Operations Command; the Paratrooper Infantry Brigade (Santos Dumont Task Force), from Rio de Janeiro (RJ); and military personnel from the Brazilian Navy’s 6th Naval District and the Brazilian Air Force’s Campo Grande Air Base.