The Minister of Defense thanks BRIPAC for its involvement and dedication in Operation Balmis

Robles stressed that the Armed Forces are writing "a glorious page in the history of Spain". And he assured that "we will never thank you enough for your generous and effective participation in Operation Balmis." At the same time, he stressed that "Spain will face a better future, thanks to the effort, generosity and dedication of" the Paracas "".

BRIPAC is one of the Army units that has been most involved in the fight against the coronavirus in Madrid, epicenter of the pandemic.

During her visit, the minister held a meeting with the BRIPAC chief, General Luis Sáez Rocandio, who offered a detailed explanation of the actions carried out by this unit and its deployment in various Spanish provinces.

He has also been able to hear the testimonies of the members of this unit who have worked and continue to work "on the ground" to combat COVID-19.

So far, 2,680 of its troops have participated directly in Operation Balmis, and have undertaken 291 actions in various areas: disinfection of public and private spaces, transfer of deceased, surveillance and patrol, in addition to the execution of tasks for the maintenance of security in various facilities.

Likewise, personnel from this unit are supporting hospitals such as Alcalá de Henares or IFEMA and collaborating in the distribution of medicines.

BRIPAC is currently deployed in seven provinces: Madrid, Toledo, Guadalajara, Cuenca, Albacete, Murcia and Valencia.

The minister has also been able to find out first-hand which are the social areas that require the most urgent support after having an interview with each of those responsible for the tasks assigned to this unit.

Lastly, Robles was interested in the masks that the BRIPAC logistics group has begun to manufacture.

So far, 90,000 soldiers have participated in Operation Balmis developed by the Armed Forces in response to the coronavirus epidemic that affects Spain.

These troops have carried out, since March 15 when they began their deployment, more than 11,000 interventions in 1,207 towns, operating in all the autonomous communities, both peninsular and insular and in the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla.

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