Escámez opted for adopting the new sequence of employment in foreign operations and in this sense supporting the contingent generated by this Command to carry out tasks in Lebanon, Turkey or Iraq, as well as “continuing to contribute to cooperative security activities in the countries of our North African environment ”. He expressed his willingness to send the Canary Islands Command units to training centers on the Peninsula to “train essential capabilities or to participate in the main exercises of our Army or the Armed Forces.”
“We will continue to contribute to cooperative security in North Africa”
The general promised to improve “the infrastructures of instruction and training, as well as those of life and operation.” In addition, he raised the importance of joining the challenges of digital transformation or material resources, with the incorporation of the new logistics transport ship Ysabel. He expressed his interest in continuing to collaborate “decisively, frankly and loyally” with local, regional and national authorities, “being a participant in the multicultural and social heritage of all the cities that host us.”
Considers anticipation and organization important, making the most of time and resources, assuming that inaccuracies or mistakes have pernicious consequences, for which reason it defends precision and efficiency, «removing or overcoming obstacles to continue progressing, innovating and adding value to what let it be done ”, as well as avoiding boredom and routine, applying imagination in the way of instructing and training. He encouraged his subordinates to act “with initiative and a critical spirit, always ready to contradict without obstinacy”, as well as flee from relativism, especially from the moral point of view.
“I know that I am joining in difficult times for the Islands, and particularly for La Palma,” said the new head of the Canary Islands Command. “But I join with the mandate of being available when it is necessary to provide the support that mitigates this or any other situation, in collaboration with the rest of the essential services of our islands or in any part of the geographical scope that commits this command”, in relation to Ceuta, Melilla or the Balearic Islands, Escámez pointed out.
The new head of the Canary Islands Command had words of remembrance for his predecessor, Lieutenant General Carlos Palacios Zaforteza, who is currently serving as Second Chief of Staff of the Army. “Throughout these years there have been many achievements in the organizational, institutional, operational, resources or facing complex situations in the framework of the Balmis, Baluarte operations or derived from migratory pressure,” said General de Division.
Along these lines, he admitted that “it leaves me the level of efficiency in a very high place, but this will give me additional motivation to try to enrich what I receive in order to constantly apply continuous improvement”, Escámez pointed out.
“You have to avoid boredom and routine, and apply your imagination to the hour”
Also present at the event were General Amador Enseñat y Berea, Chief of the General Staff of the Army, as well as his second and last chief of the Canary Islands Command, Lieutenant General Carlos Palacios Zaforteza. Enseñat y Berea had words of appreciation for Escámez and Palacios Zaforteza. Of the latter, he highlighted the work in his previous assignment, with achievements in the organizational and operational level, since he expanded the area of action of the Canary Islands Command to the general commands of Ceuta, Melilla or the Balearic Islands; He was in charge of the Joint Land Command of the Balmis and Baluarte operations, at the same time that he faced the migratory crises in the Archipelago, Ceuta and Melilla.