Três Corações / MG – On October 2, 2019, the NCO Academy (ESA) held in the Colonel Catunda Auditorium, a tribute to the Day of Corps of Complementary Officers (QCO), honoring its mother, the baiana heroine Maria Quitéria de Jesus.
Maria Quitéria de Jesus was born in São José de Itapororocas, in 1797, in the former province of Bahia. In 1822, under the ideal of freedom, the Recôncavo Baiano fought against the Portuguese dominator who refused to recognize the Independence of Brazil.
Because of her father opposite, she left home and, with the uniform of her brother-in-law, initially she joined the Artillery Corps and, after that she joined the Hunters, using the name "Private Medeiros". At the end of 1822, she joined the Volunteer Battalion belonged to D. Pedro I, officially becoming the first woman to settle in a military unit on Brazilian lands. On August 20, 1823, D. Pedro I awarded her the salute of "2nd Lieutenant " and the award of "Knight of the Imperial Order of the Cruise", in recognition of her bravery and courage with which she fought against the enemies of the Homeland.
Created on October 2, 1989, by Law No. 7,831, the Corps of Complementary Officers (QCO) is composed of officers with a college degree, held at civilian universities, in different areas of knowledge and technical expertise required by the Army.
There are 11 Complementary Officers at the NCO Academy, specialized in Law, Nursing, Information Technology, Teaching (Portuguese, English and Spanish), Occupational Therapy, and Veterinary.
On the occasion, Major General Flavio Alvarenga Filho, ESA Commander, greeted the Complementary Officers for their day and emphasized their importance to the Max Wolf Filho School.
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