Military region of Matanzas
The General Staff is, since its foundation, in General Betancourt No.254040, between Rest and Lift in the neighborhood of Playa. This installation belonged to a bourgeois family that owns a sugar mill. Its construction dates from 1948. Since 1962, it has become the heritage of the FAR. The military unit 1296, head of the Fourth Infantry Division of Matanzas, began to be established there. A year later, the Provincial Military Committee was established and in 1985 it began to function as a Provincial Staff.
In October of 1983 the first Defense Zone of the country was constituted, the ZD-05 in Jovellanos. It was founded by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro. On April 23, the Provincial School of Preparation for Defense (EPPD) was created, the first in the country. The EM was composed of 14 similar at the municipal level. His first boss was Brigadier General Rafael Moracén Limonta.
On March 25, 1990, the Political Organization of the Province was established. In 1986 the Bastion Strategic Exercise was carried out. He had the visit of the Minister of the FAR to the EMP and the Command Post. In that same year the process of declaration of the municipalities Ready for the Defense in the first stage begins, and in January of 1990 Matanzas is declared Ready for the Defense in the first stage.
In May of 1990, the Cuban Escudo maneuver was carried out with the participation of 23 units of the MTT and the Reserve. Two years later, the first Party Asset in the territory was celebrated. From April 4 to 19, the Tanque de la Victoria tour of the province was held as part of the 35th anniversary of the victory of Playa Girón.
Since June 18, 1999, the General Staff of the Military Region has been constituted on this site. Its first leaders were:
- Chief Military Region: Colonel Alberto Cabrera Valdez
- Chief of Staff: Colonel Conrado Echeverría Hernández
- Chief of Operations: Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Valdez Dávila
- Chief of the CMP: Lieutenant Colonel Fidel Bravo Luis
- Head of Logistics: Lieutenant Colonel César Arocha Massip
- Head of Political Section: Lieutenant Colonel Segundo Rodríguez Montoya
In addition, the Strategic Exercise 2004 Bastion was carried out, the largest task of the year. On August 1, 2006, Operation Caguairán begins in its first stage. During its course, visits are received from the top management of Minfar and the Army Headquarters. In 2008 the province was granted the headquarters of the central act for the 47th anniversary of the founding of the Central Army. At the end of the first stage of the Caguairán operation, in December 2006, more than 50,000 reservists and militiamen had been prepared. Task that has continued to develop successfully in the Military Region.
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