· The presence and operational deployment of the Armed Forces throughout the country has enabled society to return to normal, everyday life, especially in the regions most affected by violence, he declared.

· The Army, Navy and Air Force contribute with absolute dedication and patriotism to building the Mexico in peace that Mexicans deserve, he said.

· Through our good conduct, we will maintain institutional prestige and the trust deposited in us by society and honor the memory of our comrades who have fallen in the course of duty: General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda

To act in favor of justice is to behave impartially and in strict compliance with the law: Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz.

As he delivered awards and honorable mentions to Ministries of Defense and Navy personnel, President Enrique Peña Nieto said that, “In the Government, we remain firmly committed to restoring the freedom and peace of mind of Mexican families.”

He declared that the presence and operational deployment of the Armed Forces throughout the country has enabled society to return to normal, everyday life, especially in the regions most affected by violence. With decisive actions and precise operations, you have invariably demonstrated the strength and capacity of our Armed Forces.”

He said that, “No matter how delicate the missions or the risks they entail, soldiers of land, sea and air have always taken a step forward when it comes to protecting and assisting Mexicans.”

He recalled that throughout the nation's history, “The government has had the unconditional, institutional loyalty of our Armed Forces. In our times, the Army, Navy and Air Force have contributed with absolute dedication and patriotism to building the Mexico in peace that Mexicans deserve.

The president told the soldiers, sailors and airmen who received awards or honorable mentions today: “You make an outstanding group of Mexicans, which preserves and enriches the heritage and tradition of honor of our military institutions. Always bear in mind that as the first defenders of the nation, you are also the first to be obliged to act in strict accordance with the law and with full respect for human rights.”

He summoned them to continue, “Decisively and effectively tackling the missions with which you will be tasked in the future.”

“Keep working for your country. Keep fulfilling your commitment to Mexico and the Mexicans,” he urged them.

The president declared that today, in commemoration of the birth of Benito Juárez, Mexicans recall that, “He taught us a great lesson: that the law and the rule of law are essential to the progress of a society.”

“Juárez’s legacy continues to this day. The government is therefore working with determination and commitment to ensure legality and the rule of law throughout the country,” he said.

He added that in this collective effort, “Mexico has invaluable support: It has the loyalty and patriotism of its armed forces, institutions that protect Mexico and Mexicans every day.”

He said that today, military units in the Army, Navy and Air Force who have excelled in fulfilling the tasks assigned to them have been recognized. “Through this military event, we praise the excellence and esprit de corps with which soldiers, sailors and airmen have served in their high duties,” he added.

The president said that the Honorable Mention they have received today, “Is more than institutional recognition; it also represents the gratitude of Mexican society, which they serve.”

He expressed his appreciation and thanks for their professionalism, skill and effectiveness. “Rest assured that your actions are recognized and valued by our population. You  should feel proud of the results obtained by your units and their brave, determined action in favor of Mexico,” he said.

MILITARY INSTITUTIONS DO NOT PERMIT INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR THAT BREAKS THE RULES AND FAILS TO RESPECT PEOPLE GENERAL SALVADOR CIENFUEGOS

Minister of Defense General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda declared that, “Military institutions do not permit inappropriate behavior that breaks the rules and fails to respect people."

He declared: “Through our good conduct, we will maintain institutional prestige, the trust deposited in us by society and honor the memory of our comrades who have fallen in the course of duty.”

He urged members of the units that won awards today to continue to act, “Boldly and wisely, bravely and sensibly, with determination and intelligence in every mission assigned to them,” and to continue, “Acting in keeping with the law and preserving fundamental rights at all times.”

He noted that, “These units showed great responsibility to society, and like many Mexicans in other areas, they are serving the country.” He said that like them, the rest of the troops, under the president’s firm guidance, will continue to serve the loftiest causes of Mexico with integrity, dedication and passion.

“Keep in mind that Mexico is our first priority and its people the center of our actions,” he said, stressing that, “Being patriotic is a task that begins at home.” He therefore called for the strengthening of the "social cells that instill values in our children, strengthening national feelings among our families and achieving social cohesion.”

THE STRENGTH OF THE STATE WILL ALWAYS BE A CONTROLLED FORCE THAT SEEKS PEACE AND REJECTS VIOLENCE AT ALL COSTS: ADMIRAL SOBERÓN SANZ

Minister of the Navy Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz explained that, “The strength of the state is and always will be a controlled force that seeks peace and rejects violence at all costs. Our only real strength lies in the confidence of the people, not in the lethal power of weapons.”

He recalled that, “Three years ago, the Mexican Army, Air Force and Navy was tasked with dealing with the scourge of crime, a problem that affects society and extends beyond our borders.”

He said that this, “Is a great mission which, today more than ever, demands ongoing professional training and, above all, esprit de corps,” and said that, “Today, more than ever, soldiers, pilots and sailors are united, we are a single force.”

After saying that, “They are tactically and operationally ready for defense but never for aggression,” he said that at all times, the Armed Forces, “have shown willingness to cooperate with the corresponding authorities to clarify any event in which our personnel are involved.”

“The Mexican Army, Air Force and Navy operating units have an ongoing responsibility to promote, respect, protect and guarantee human rights,” he added.

He said that, “Acting in favor of justice means behaving fairly and in strict accordance with the law,” and stressed that, “Every day, the Armed Forces tirelessly conduct operations throughout our territory, airspace and seas against the trafficking of drugs, arms and people, kidnapping, violence and injustice,” because all we want is the well-being of this great nation. This is how we support your government’s policy to achieve a Mexico at peace,” he said.