Soldier in the spotlight
By Capt. Luis Barber
First published in
SFOR Informer #99, October 25, 2000
Lt. Col. Horacio Miguel Acuña's military
career began in 1976 in the Argentine Army Military Academy. As a cavalry
officer, he has experience in commanding armour units, but he has also
followed different courses in Argentina, the United States and Canada
in Parachuting, Special Forces, Jungle Warfare and Staff College.
he not only travelled for combat training. In 1994, he started a series
of missions abroad. He served in the Former Yugoslavia with UNPROFOR.
ONUSAL, and as a Military Observer in El Salvador.
"Everybody has a lot of knowledge to give and take in a multinational
environment. The most important thing is to try to give more than you
take," said Acuña.
Appointed to CJ9 HQ SFOR, as the leader of the Political Team, he works
in the Democratisation Area, besides being the Argentinean Senior Officer.
"Here I have found a nice group of people who not only share the
usual aspects of our work, but also many other things. Also, from my position
you can see the progress made in this country towards liberty and democracy,
through the efforts of SFOR," he said.
There is also a strong family side to the colonel. He has a total of eight
children ranging from 15 years to only seven months old. Four sons and
four daughters. Acuña's eyes light up when he talks about them.
"My family is a very tightly-knit one. I have a very wonderful wife
and she is the driving force in our home. I really love them," he
said. "We are trying to bring up my children to learn languages and
computer systems. Being able to communicate with others is very important
in our world," said Acuña.
After this tour, Acuña will complete his Masters in International
Co-operation and Integration in Argentina. "When I return my home,
I will stay there for a long time. Perhaps I will be given a regiment
Nations of SFOR: Argentina