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See the profiles of the new Army, Navy and Air Force commanders

BRASÍLIA, DF (FOLHAPRESS) – The new commanders of the Armed Forces, announced on Wednesday (31), have, in addition to the profile that obeys the criteria of seniority, dear to the military, the fact that they have already held key positions in management passed. General Paulo Sérgio Nogueira de Oliveira was chosen for the Army. For the Navy, Admiral Almir Garnier, close to the previous Defense administration but seen as a moderate Bolsonarist. In the Air Force, Brigadier Carlos Almeida Baptista Jr., close to Bolsonarism. In announcing the new names, the new defense minister, Walter Braga Netto, affirmed that the country’s greatest assets are “the guarantee of democracy and the freedom of its people”. He said that he reinforced this observation “on that historic day”, without saying what he was referring to. The general, in his first act at the helm, drew up an order of the day, to be read in the barracks, in which he says that the 1964 military coup is part of Brazil’s “historical trajectory” and that the events of March 31 that year should be “understood and celebrated”. The three new commanders were present at the announcement, which lasted less than three minutes. Neither the minister nor the new commanders were willing to answer questions from the press. The fight against Covid-19 is the main challenge facing the country, according to him, and the forces have helped to fight the pandemic, he said. “The military has not been lacking in the past and will not be lacking whenever the country needs it. The Forces are faithful to their constitutional missions, to defend the homeland, to guarantee constitutional powers and democratic freedoms,” said the minister. See the profile of each one of them. ? ARMY The new army commander, General Paulo Sérgio de Oliveira, is described by colleagues in uniform as a soldier with a personality closer to Eduardo Villas Bôas than to Edson Leal Pujol, his two predecessors in office. Villas Bôas is a Bolsonarist, had political positions in favor of the President during his command and won a post at the Planalto Palace since January 2019. Pujol was fired by Jair Bolsonaro, in an unprecedented military crisis. Oliveira came to the position of commander, being the third longest-lived in his career, among the four-star generals who remain on active duty. Among the military, this seniority criterion is acceptable and does not represent a breach of hierarchy. The general had until then held the position of head of the Army Personnel Department, a role he served for two years. The new commander is easy to deal with, expansive and maintained good relations both with Villas Bôas and his group and with Pujol, according to his colleagues in uniform. As soon as he was promoted to general four stars, the highest rank, he was sent to Belém, to be military commander of the North. He has already been an attaché in Mexico and has also served on the Army Promotions Directorate. Oliveira is from Ceará and is 59 years old. He is from the class of 1980 at Aman (Academia Militar das Agulhas Negras). NAVY Squadron admiral Almir Garnier Santos, 60, new navy commander, was born in Cascadura, in Rio de Janeiro. It is the second oldest in the Force. He joined the Naval School in 1978 and graduated three years later. For ten years, he served on board ships of the Brazilian fleet. He reached the top of the hierarchy in the Navy in November 2018. Garnier was secretary-general in the Defense portfolio during the administration of Fernando Azevedo e Silva, dismissed by President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday (29). The new commander also assisted ex-ministers Celso Amorim, Jaques Wagner and Aldo Rebelo, during the government of ex-president Dilma Rousseff (PT), and Raul Jungmann, in the administration of ex-president Michel Temer (MDB). He has a master’s degree at the Naval Postgraduate School, in the United States, and was previously director of the Naval Warfare School of Aeronautics. Garnier’s wife, Selma Foligne Crespio de Pinho, retired from the Navy, has held a commissioned position since 2019 at the General Secretariat of the Presidency. She is the Director of Standardization Strategy and Project Monitoring. A son of Garnier, the lawyer Almir Garnier Santos Junior, as reported by UOL last year, was hired in July 2019 for a post of free provision at Emgepron (Ship Management Company), a state-owned company linked to the Navy. AERONÁUTICA Appointed by Jair Bolsonaro to command the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), Carlos Almeida Baptista Junior joined the agency in 1975 and became lieutenant-brigadier, the highest position of the corporation, in March 2018. He assumes the position that he once held. his father, Carlos de Almeida Baptista, who was commander of the Air Force from 1999 to 2003, under the government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso, of the PSDB. Baptista Junior has already performed several functions in the FAB and was, until this week, commander of the General Support Command, the division responsible for the corporation’s logistics. He has also served as deputy chief of staff of the Air Force and chief of operations for the Armed Forces General Staff. Fighter pilot, has 4 thousand hours of flight, being 2.2 thousand in fighter aircraft. Father and son took first place in the Officer Improvement Course – one in 1965, the other in 1991.

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