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November 17 2016

Manual of Uniforms, Medals, Badges, Flags and Coat of Arms of the Republic of Cuba

Jose Marti Son

Objective of the Manual
To chronologically document the emergence and development of military uniforms, badges and medals of the Armed Forces of Cuba at different historical stages, and compile the first encyclopedic work on the Cuban Military Uniformology in an organized manner. The Manual will also include the Ceremonial Protocol, Uniforms, Civilian Medals and Flags and the Coats of Arm of the Republic and Government Agencies.

Volume I
 Volume I consists of a general presentation of the over-all project, with a brief introduction to the military uniformology, especially those of the nations which influenced our history through the creation of the Cuban uniforms and medals.

A. Flags and Coats of Arm of Cuba
Bandera de Cuba    Bandera de Yara    Rayos y Soles de Bolivar

B. Cuban Liberation Army Uniforms and Ranks 1868-1902
Tres Insignes Patriotas

C. Medals and Awards of the Colonial Era
D. Medals and Awards of the Republic of Cuba
E. Uniforms of the Cuban Army
F. Cuban Navy and Merchant Marine
G. Civil Protocol and Uniforms used by the Cuban Government

What is the main source of documentation for this Project
All of the laws, resolutions, decrees, circulars, military orders, manuals, etc., that were issued by the Armed Forces of Cuba during its different historical periods, which reflect and document the different regulations, modifications or provisions officially published on the use of the military uniforms, including references related to both the Cuban military history and that of the armies of the world. These references include up to 30,000 photographs, movies and videos.

A similar procedure will be followed for the Civil Uniforms.

Click the Coat of Arm of Cuba to see the Project on UTube:

Escudo de Cuba

Mayo 14 2015

Ceremony Honoring Our Veterans of WWII

The Association for Research and Dissemination of Cuban Naval History with

The City of Miami Logo

the City of Miami

Welcomes You

USCG and Cuban Navy Parade
  Armed Forces Day

 Commemorating the US Military, with A Remembrance of the Allied Cuban Navy of World War II

Page 2 Ceremony
Page 3 Ceremony

Wesley P. Wheeler (great grandson)
 As you know, the Wheeler Shipbuilding Corporation was responsible for the construction of CS-13, which was one of 242, 83 foot wooden ‘sub-busters’ built by our family for the US Coast Guard and Navy during the Second World War. These ships were all built in Brooklyn, New York between 1941 and 1944. CS-13 began its life as a US Coast Guard cutter (CG 83338) and transferred to the Cuban Navy as part of the lend-lease program.

To complete the story, you may know that sixty of these 83’ Coast Guard cutters were transported to England and participated in the DD invasion in Normandy. The so-called ‘match box fleet’, officially known as ‘Rescue Flotilla One’, were converted into rescue vessels and credited with saving the lives of 1,438 men and women who were rescued from the English Channel. In all, the Wheeler family produced over 400 ships for the US Coast Guard, US Navy and US Army to support the war effort.

As Wheelers, we are extremely proud to have participated in the war effort, which as it turns out, includes the Cuban Navy as well! We appreciate the invitation to the Ceremony on Saturday, May 16th at 12:00. Please send any further information which you feel is necessary prior to our travel to Miami.
Regards, Wes

April 24 2015

Invitation to Honor our Cuban and American WW2 Veterans

Invitation Ceremony to Honor Our Vets 

 Personas que han contribuido a la ceremonia para honrar a los Veteranos Navales de la II Guerra Mundial programada para el 16 de Mayo 2015

Enero 22  2015 Capt Juan Carlos Parera $300.00
Febrero 1  2015 Wilfredo Díaz $35.00
  Total: $335.00
Febrero 1  2015 Cargo Bancario Intl. - $15.00
Febrero 6  2015 Global Offshore Sailing Team
supporting this fantastic memorial initiative.
Jochen Werne - Skipper & GOST Co-Founder
Febrero 7 2015 Fernando Otero $100.00
Febrero 17  2015 Eladio Bas Trespalacios $100.00
Febrero 22  2015 Cdr. Joseph S. Pérez USN $40.00
                            Grand Total: $ 660.00

Queremos expresar nuestro profundo agradecimiento por la ayuda y cooperación que estamos recibiendo para el Acto en Honor a Nuestros Veteranos programado para Mayo 16 a las 12:00 PM.

 Si usted desea participar nos puede enviar un correo a:
April 15  2015

Observance of the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC DAY

The future Miami Military Museum and Memorial
Cordially invites you to our 2015
World War One Remembrance
--With a special debut exhibit of the African American soldiers Experience of WWI--
and the Observance of the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Day


April 25, 1915 the ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) landed at Gallipoli.

So many were lost in the battle that ever since then Australia and New Zealand honor the date as their national Day, the only one observed by two nations. We honor these brave U.S. Allies who have always served beside us, and the French and British equally who gave their lives in the same battle.

 At the Zoo Miami Center Next to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum
 12450 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177

Saturday April 25 from 10 AM to 11 AM

An Australian Consulate and Dade Heritage Days event

Ample free parking
.  Free and open to the public

Navigation Chart of the Island of Cuba

Navigation Chart of cuba

 February 14   2014

Cuban Government economic reforms

To the uninitiated, occasional news of “Cuban reforms” is received with some sense of hope that the Castro regime might be loosening its stranglehold on the economy to create new opportunity for the island’s 11 million people.

Such false expectations are raised by professional Castropologists, who peddle the narrative that Raul Castro is a frustrated reformer who would spread his wings once he assumed power from his brother Fidel. That dynastic transition happened six years ago, and the Castro stranglehold on the economy is barely loosened. Yet every hint of “reform” is still trumpeted as a new birth of freedom. Of course, that is rubbish.

The latest evidence of the Castro regime’s single-minded agenda can be found in the New York Times, in an article entitled, “Cuba’s Reward for the Dutiful: Gated Housing.” Although one might expect from the NYTimes an homage to Raul the Reformer, this piece reveals that the regime’s motivation for doling out privileges or slivers of economic space is to preserve the regime and its hold on power.

Reporter Damien Cave says, “Cuba is in transition,” but the bulk of his article describes a regime struggling to “elevate the faithful and maintain their loyalty….” The measures he describes have nothing to do with economic liberty, but are implemented with great care not to dismantle the existing power structure. Indeed, the NYTimes piece focuses on the impact of the economic transition upon the security forces that Raul Castro has led for more than 60 years.

In the 1990’s, when the regime allowed foreigners to partner with the government to build tourist hotels or light manufacturing it was to generate hard currency after the loss of a $5-7 billion annual Soviet subsidy. When Cubans were permitted to establish very small businesses or rent out bedrooms to tourists, it was to provide jobs and meager income to people – particularly military retirees –displaced from the state payroll by a fiscal crisis. Behind every “reform,” a key motivation was to preserve the privileges and loyalty of the military or to provide income to military retirees. Indeed, the handful of foreign companies that invested in the tourism industry often had military-run businesses as their partners. More evidence of the real motive behind these economic “openings” is that, as Cuban self-employment grew too much, too fast; as the fiscal pressure was eased, due to the new subsidy from the Venezuelan regime; or as regime businesses outgrew the need for a foreign partner, the regime cracked down. Many microenterprises have been suffocated by regulation and taxes, and many foreign partners have been shaken down and run out of the country.

So any argument that the United States should reorient its Cuba policy to encourage the trend to reform is disingenuous, as such advice usually is. The latest attempt comes in the form of a poll that says most Americans support a change in US policy toward Cuba. For decades, critics of US foreign policy toward Cuba have sneered that it was a function of “Florida politics” – alluding to the political might of the Cuban-American community in south Florida. So, it is more than a little ironic, that the latest argument for embargo critics is that the policy should be changed because of a poll.

The cruel lesson of history, which good people on all sides of this debate should learn, is that nothing good is going to happen for the people of Cuba as long as a despot like Fidel or Raul Castro holds power. Those selfish men and the totalitarian regime they built are today the only real obstacles to genuine economic and political change in Cuba. Worse yet, they have demonstrated their capacity to manipulate any economic opening to serve the interests of the regime and, particularly, the state security apparatus.

Any unilateral concession by the United States that buys such a regime one more day in power is not only strategically questionable, it is unconscionable.

Roger Noriega

Febrero 10  2014

Democracy and the República

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress and the President discover that it can bribe the public with the public's money.” Alexis de Tocqueville

We are getting there very fast.


The armed forces are involved not only in the international tourist industry but in the lucrative domestic economy as well. The military-owned retail chain TRD Caribe S.A. operates more than 400 locations throughout the island and caters to Cubans with U.S. dollars. "TRD" is an acronym for "Tiendas de Recuperacion de Divisas," or foreign currency recovery stores.

Employing a Wal-Mart-like strategy, TRD Caribe distinguishes itself from other state-owned competitors by "continuously offering discounts" on Chinese-sourced consumer goods that it reportedly "buys cheap and makes a resale kill" on. GAESA, or Grupo de Administracion Empresarial S.A. (Enterprise Management Group Inc.), is the holding company for the Cuban Defense Ministry's vast economic interests. Among its more visible subsidiaries are Gaviota S.A., which directly controls 20-25 percent of Cuba's hotel rooms in partnership with foreign hoteliers, and Aerogaviota, a domestic airline that carries tourists on refurbished Soviet military aircraft flown by Cuban air force pilots.

Under GAESA's management team, Cuba's military-industrial complex -- the Union de la Industria Militar (Defense Industry Group) -- provides outsourcing services, such as rental car maintenance and tour bus repairs, to foreign companies and joint ventures on the island.

October 17  2013

Cuba: A Real Threat

Re: Book available in Amazon Kindle
Sent by: Bertie

I have written a book, "CUBA: A REAL THREAT"

The book is available in AMAZON KINDLE STORE

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The book has 29 chapters, 265 pages, and is the result of many years of my research on Cuba's capabilities, since 1959, to be a terrorist threat to the United States and other nations as well.

All aspects of the ways and means Cuba has, and how the Cuban government has changed tactics as new technologies develope and political strategies demand.

The findings presented in this book I hope that will clearly show that Cuba represents a serious threat to the security of the United States in the areas of bio warfare, electronic espionage, human espionage, high technology weapons, cyber terrorism, medicare frauds, and political intervention in other countries to control their governments.

Dr. Manuel Cereijo, P.E.
Miami, Fl 2013

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