Strategic Command Operations (Venezuela)

Summary

The Strategic Operations Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (CEOFANB) (Spanish: Comando Estratégico Operacional de la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana) is one of the six branches of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela. It has the responsibility of guiding operations of the Venezuelan Armed Forces.

Strategic Operations Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces
Comando Estratégico Operacional de la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana
Seal of the Strategic Operations Command of Venezuela.
FoundedSeptember 26, 2005; 18 years ago (2005-09-26)
Country Venezuela
Part ofNational Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela
Commanders
Minister of the People's Power for DefenseVladimir Padrino López
Commandant of the OSC-NBAFRemigio Ceballos
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Admiral Remigio Ceballos is the current Commandant of the OSC, with Major General Jose Ornellas Ferreira as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (as of 2017), and the roles of the OSC have been updated with a recent amendment of the Organic Law of the National Armed Forces in 2014.

History edit

The Strategic Operations Command of Venezuela was founded by the late President Hugo Chávez on 26 September 2005, replacing the Unified Command of the National Armed Forces (CUFAN).[1] Its mandate is to be the operational command for any operations that can be conducted by the National Armed Forces.

The OSC is led by a Commandant, assisted by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who is also the deputy commandant. As it reports directly to the President and the Ministry of Defense, in recent years the Commandant has also been the Minister of Defense as well. He or she is appointed or relieved by the President.

Mission edit

The mission of the Strategic Operations Command of Venezuela is to assist the Venezuelan National Armed Forces in geographical and aerospace operations.[2]

Part of its responsibility is providing a unified national air defense capability, as well as for holding joint exercises to enhance combat readiness.

Commanders edit

The commandants of the OSC have been:

No. Portrait Commander Took office Left office Time in office Ref.
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Pérez, CarlosMajor General
Carlos Enrique Acosta Pérez
20 July 20066 months[3]
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González, JesúsMajor General
Jesús Alfonzo González González
September 2008March 20096 months[4]
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Figueroa, CarlosGeneral-in-Chief
Carlos José Mata Figueroa*
March 2009July 20101 year, 4 months
?
 
Silva, HenryGeneral-in-Chief
Henry Rangel Silva*
(born 1961)
July 2010July 20122 years[5]
?
 
Fernández, WilmerMajor General
Wilmer Omar Barrientos Fernández [es]
(born 1959)
July 2012July 20131 year
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López, VladimirGeneral-in-Chief
Vladimir Padrino López*
(born 1963)
July 2013June 20173 years, 11 months
?
 
López, VladimirAdmiral-in-Chief
Remigio Ceballos*
(born 1963)
June 20178 July 20214 years, 1 month
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Lárez, DomingoGeneral-in-Chief
Domingo Hernández Lárez [es]
(born 1965)
8 July 2021Incumbent2 years, 10 months[6]

(*): They were subsequently appointed defense ministers, and they were also promoted to the rank while holding the office of the OSC Commandant.

References edit

  1. ^ "Reseña Histórica". CEOFANB. FANB. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Misión". CEOFANB. FANB. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Venezuela.- El ministro de Defensa formaliza la designación del nuevo alto mando de las Fuerzas Armadas del país". notimerica.com (in Spanish). Europa Press. 20 July 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  4. ^ Prensa Presidencial. "General Gustavo Rangel Briceño primer oficial con cuatro soles". Aporrea. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Asamblea Nacional". Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Más cambios en la cúpula militar chavista: Nicolás Maduro destituyó a Remigio Ceballos y designó a Domingo Hernández Lárez al frente de la FANB". Infobae (in Spanish). 8 July 2021. Retrieved 11 October 2021.