As he led the commemoration of Mexican Air Force Day, President Enrique Peña Nieto said that the institution, "Is ready to spread its wings, and together with Mexico and with Mexico next to it, is taking off to fly across the vast horizon of the 21st century."
The president said that the government is committed to compensating for the vocation of service that the Army and the Mexican Air Force have shown the country. He added, "I am determined to consolidate these great institutions, by improving professionalization and training those who form part of them. "
He said that, "Those who serve and defend Mexico, risking their physical integrity, and even their lives, deserve to be recognized with actions that expand their opportunities for development and those of their families."
During the commemoration of the 98th anniversary of the Mexican Air Force, President Peña Nieto announced that work will continue on the construction of the School of the Air, "for Air Force cadets to have new facilities, suitable for their professional training as future officers. "
In the event, which was held at the Santa Lucia Air Base, the president stressed that the Army and Air Force have been guarantors of the integrity of the Mexican state. "They have also been strongholds in the effort to ensure the peace, domestic security and sovereignty of our nation," he added.
"In addition to protecting national airspace, the Army fulfils a meets a social and humanistic purpose: the Armed Forces have been essential to coping with and overcoming the emergencies and natural catastrophes our population has experienced," he added.
The president confirmed the public’s gratitude to members of the Secretariats of Defense and the Navy who participated in the rescue and relief work at the Petróleos Mexicanos administrative center a few days ago.
He said the Air Force wings also, "Represent the solidarity of Mexican arms when we support other countries through humanitarian aid missions. In this way, you help to extend the links of brotherhood and cooperation that Mexico has with the world. "
President Peña Nieto indicated that the greatest value of the soldiers of the air is their loyalty to the nation. As Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the country, he urged them, "To continue wearing this uniform with pride and dignity, since it identifies and distinguishes them as women and men in the service of Mexico."
He instructed them to, "Renew your commitment to Mexico and to fulfill the motto of this prestigious Institution with impeccable conduct: Serve with honor, courage and loyalty." Continue to perform your activities," he added, "With the great professionalism that distinguishes you, effectively and according to the law and respect for the human rights of all Mexicans."
BEING THE CUSTODIANS OF THE COUNTRY’S WEAPONS IS AN ASSIGNMENT THAT CONFERS PRIDE ON MEXICANS AND OUR FAMILIES: LEONARDO GONZALEZ GARCIA
For his part, Major General Aviation Pilot of the General Air Staff Leonardo González García, Commander of the Mexican Air Force, said: "The people of Mexico know they have an ally in us, and that with absolute loyalty we will contribute to the enormous task of building a prosperous, just, democratic country with greater opportunities for everyone. "
Let us, he said, take flight every day in fulfillment of our mission, following the example of all those who gave us justice, freedom and self-determination. Within this exceptional commemorative framework, this legacy leads us to confirm our loyalty to Mexico’s institutions.
"Being custodians of the national arms," concluded González García, "is a lofty mission that finds the incentive for behavior that makes our fellow countrymen and families proud in the reasoning, assimilation and application of laws."
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