Last updated on January 8, 2020
Mexico City, Mexico — In a ceremony, the United States presents The Legion of Merit award to Mexico’s National Defense and Navy for exceptional work done during the administration which allowed greater cooperation between both counties.
The Legión al Mérito award was presented to Mexico’s General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Secretary of National Defense and Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, Secretary of the Navy by US General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Commander of the North Command and Aerospace Defense of North America.
The Legion of Merit was awarded for the outstanding performance by the Mexican Armed Forces for the exceptional work done during this administration, which has contributed to greater cooperation between the Armed Forces from both countries.
In his acceptance speech, General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda stressed that the United States and Mexico are united, rather than by common borders, by the strong bond of friendship, which characterizes both countries, but above all to women and men in arms, ties that have been strengthened through dialogue and collaboration.Photo: Los Secretarios de Defensa Nacional y Marina
Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, thanked the US for such a distinguished deference saying “I will always treasure this with honor because it represents the strong alliance that we have managed to build throughout time that frames the hard work of each one of the members of the Navy of Mexico. Work that we will continue to strengthen at every opportunity in order to provide and give the best for both countries and benefit our peoples.”
He stressed that “Both the United States and Mexico have seen reason to preserve their bilateral relations in multiple areas, especially in those that concern us as members of the Armed Forces.”
The Mexican Armed Forces maintains the bonds of friendship with the United States of America, reinforcing valuable collaboration in the exchange of initiatives and cooperation plans, which has allowed both sides to recognize the common interests between both nations.