During a ceremony held this Friday (06/10), personalities and Military Organizations of the Armed Forces were awarded the Order of Merit of Defense

Air Force Agency, by Lieutenant Marayane and Major Oliveira Lima

On Friday (10), the solemnity of the 23rd anniversary of the creation of the Ministry of Defense took place. The event, which took place at the Aeronautics Club, in Brasilia (DF), was presided over by Minister Paulo Sérgio Nogueira de Oliveira, and was attended by Ministers of State; the Commanders of the Brazilian Navy, Admiral of Fleet Almir Garnier Santos of the Brazilian Army, Army General Marco Antônio Freire Gomes; and of the Brazilian Air Force, Air Lieutenant Brigadier Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior; Justices of the Superior Military Court (STM); General Officers of the Armed Forces; among other civil and military authorities.

In his speech, Minister Paulo Sérgio Nogueira highlighted some important achievements of the Defense and the Armed Forces. “The Ministry, through the General Secretariat, fulfills a variety of tasks, contributing to Brazil’s development and to the well-being of Brazilians. This is evidenced by actions such as the monitoring of the environment in the Amazon; the Northern Border Program; the support to the defense industrial base; the social programs; the personnel sector guidelines; health and social assistance; among others,” he highlighted.


Created by the Decree nº 4.263, of June 10th, 2002, the Order of Defense Merit (OMD) is awarded to those who render relevant services to the Ministry of Defense, to the Brazilian Armed Forces, as a whole, or to a Singular Force, with positive reflexes on the other Forces. Also honored are military personnel who stand out in the exercise of their profession, as well as flags and banners of military organizations and civilian institutions.

During the ceremony, 265 personalities and three Military Organizations were honored. In the Air Force, the organization that received the honor was the Canoas Air Base (BACO).

Promoted to the rank of Grand Cross of the Order of Defense Merit, the Chief of Strategic Affairs of the Armed Forces Joint Staff, Air Lieutenant Brigadier Hudson Costa Potiguara, spoke about the honor. “I feel very proud to be being decorated. It is the highest degree of the Order of Merit of Defense and the fruit of the work we do for our country, not only through Defense, but also through our Singular Forces,” he said.

With 22 years of service to the Armed Forces, Suboficial Officer Administration Specialist Adriana Lima Santos de Almeida also celebrated receiving the decoration. “I feel very honored to receive this honor and very happy for the recognition of 22 years of service to the Brazilian Air Force. This commendation serves as motivation for us to increasingly improve our work and to do justice to this recognition,” she emphasized.

Ministry of Defense

Created on July 10, 1999, through Complementary Law number 97, the Ministry of Defense is responsible for ensuring the preparation of the Armed Forces, so that they are in a permanent state of readiness to be employed in the defense of the homeland, in the guarantee of constitutional powers, law, and order.

Text: Lieutenant Marayane / CECOMSAER – Photos: Petty Officer Manfrim and Sergeant Müller / CECOMSAER – Video: Petty Officer Barros / CECOMSAER *** Translated by DEFCONPress Team ***

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