Luanda — At least 79 officers with the Land Forces Command were promoted to various ranks on Monday in Luanda during a ceremony celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Angola Armed Forces (FAA), December 17.
The ceremony took place in the 101st Brigade of Tanks in the locality of Funda, near Luanda, attended by the chief of FAA Staff, gen. Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda, and the commanders of the Navy and Air Force and defence attaches accredited to Angola.
On the occasion, the Land Forces commander, gen. Lúcio Gonçalves Amaral, mentioned as challenges for 2013, the continued implementation of programmes of combat and control of Great endemics, training of staff and equipping of military training institutions.
Other objectives for the Land Forces include the rehabilitation of the medium level institute of training coupled with training of staff both locally and abroad.
As to the year 2012, gen. Amaral mentioned the authorities are concerned about the staff's health and medical assistance, in view of the various programmes implemented within the ranks of the armed forces intended to fight such diseases as tuberculosis, malaria, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS and others.
The Land Forces were established on 17 December 1992 as a component of the Angolan Armed Forces, following the Bicesse (Portugal) Peace Accord of 31 May 1991, signed to put an end to decades of armed conflict.