President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro, led the 41st Armored Brigade of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) in military activities that took place Saturday at Fort Paramacay while preparing for upcoming military exercises in February.
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"We are preparing the most important exercises in the history of Venezuela, because we are going to demonstrate the military power of an armed force with operational capacity, combat, defense," said the president who also serves as commander-in-chief of the army.
In addition, the Bolivarian leader said that "in order to guarantee peace we have to prepare ourselves: in this world the brave, the courageous are respected, and we have to make people respect the Venezuelan nation’s military power".
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Nicolas Maduro spoke with the troops and assured them that he felt he was a part of them. "Believe that this laborer, humbly forged in the barrios (neighborhoods), who had Comandante Chávez as his teacher, is another soldier."
At this event, the military reiterated their support for the Bolivarian Revolution, the constitution and the defense of the homeland.
The Venezuelan head of state then moved on to Naval Base C / A Agustin Armario, in the state of Carabobo to continue preparing the soldiers.
From Feb.10 to 15, Venezuela will engage in its largest military exercise in its history. Though these types of events happen year after year, this one will take place under the backdrop of deep foreign antagonism against the nation.