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Augusto Heleno
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Secretary of Institutional Security
In office
1 January 2019 – 1 January 2023
President Jair Bolsonaro
Preceded by Sérgio Etchegoyen
Succeeded by Gonçalves Dias
Commander of MINUSTAH
In office
August 2004 – August 2005
Head Juan Gabriel Valdés
Succeeded by Urano Teixeira da Matta Bacellar
Personal details
Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira

(1947-10-29) 29 October 1947 (age 76)
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Political party PRP (2018)
Spouse Sônia Pereira
Children Renata
Mário Márcio
  • Ari de Oliveira Pereira (father)
  • Edina Ribeiro (mother)
Occupation Military
Military service
Allegiance Brazil Brazil
Branch/service  Brazilian Army
Years of service 1966–2011
Rank General do Exército.gif General
Commands Preparatory School for Army Cadets
5th Armored Cavalry Brigade
Army Physical Capacity Center
United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti
Amazon Military Command
Department of Science and Technology
  • Order of Military Merit ' Order of Military Merit (Grand Cross - Grã-Cruz)
  • Order of Naval Merit ' Order of Naval Merit (Grand Officer - Grande-Oficial)
  • Order of Aeronautical Merit ' Order of Aeronautical Merit (Grand Officer - Grande-Oficial)
  • Order of Aeronautical Merit ' Order of Aeronautical Merit (Grand Cross - Grã-Cruz)
  • Peacemaker Medal ' Peacemaker Medal
  • BRA Ordem de Rio Branco Gra-Cruz BAR.svg Order of Rio Branco (Grand Cross - Grã-Cruz)
  • United Nations Medal ' United Nations Medal (MINUSTAH - Haiti)
  • Ordem do Mérito Judiciário do Trabalho - Grã-Cruz (Brasil).png Order of Labour Judiciary Merit (Grand Cross - Grã Cruz)
  • BRA OMJM Alta Distincao BAR.svg Order of Military Judiciary Merit (High Distinction)
  • Marshal Hermes Medal

Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira (born 29 October 1947) is a Brazilian politician retired general of the Brazilian Army. He was military commander of the Amazon and Chief of the Department of Science and Technology of the Army. Heleno has declared positions against official politics, particularly about the attitude of the international community in regards to Haiti and the indigenous politics of the Brazilian government.

During Jair Bolsonaro presidential campaign, the candidate invited Heleno as his running mate in the election, but his party refused. The general was then invited for Minister of Defence of Bolsonaro's government. However, the nominated minister stepped back and was chosen for the Institutional Security Cabinet.

Military career

Heleno graduated as Aspirant of cavalry in 1969, at the Military Academy of Agulhas Negras, placing first in his cavalry class. He was also the first in the cavalry class in the Officials Improvement School (EsAO) and Army Command and Staff School (ECEME), receiving the silver Marshal Hermes medal with three crowns. As Major, Heleno joined the Brazilian mission of instruction in Paraguay. As Colonel, he commanded the Preparatory School for Army Cadets (EsPCEx) in Campinas and was military attaché in the Brazilian Embassy in Paris, also accredited in Brussels. As Official General, Heleno was commander of the 5th Armored Cavalry Brigade and of the Army Physical Capacitation Center, chief of the Army Social Communication Center and of the Chief of Staff of the Army Commander.

From June 2004 to September 2005, he was the first military commander of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), made up of 6,250 Blue Helmets from 13 countries, of which 7 were Latin Americans. During his time in Haiti he was known for leading a United Nations armed assault on Cité Soleil that killed dozens of people including Dread Wilme. Similarly to Chilean ambassador Juan Gabriel Valdés, special representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and chief of the mission, and of the Latin American governments, General Heleno expressed his disapproval at the strategy adopted by the international community about Haiti. .....

As military commander of the Amazon, General Heleno contested the indigenous politics of the government of president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who characterized the policies as "unfortunate, if not chaotic" during a speech in the Military Club in Rio de Janeiro, at the time of the demarcation of the indigenous land of Raposa/Serra do Sol. He stated that the indigenous "gravitate around our squads because they are completely abandoned".

His last occupation in the active service was as chief of the Department of Science and Technology. On 9 May 2011, in a ceremony in the Army Headquarters in Brasília, Heleno retired and defended the 1964 military regime, after 45 years of military life.

Life after retirement

General Heleno acted as security and military issues consultant of the Grupo Bandeirantes, where he collaborated being a commentator in the broadcasters' schedule.

Heleno was also Communication and Corporative Education director of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB).

In 2013, he was convicted of authorizing illegal grants.

On 18 July 2018, there was a rumor that General Heleno would be nominated as candidate for vice presidency of Brazil, along with Deputy Jair Bolsonaro's coalition. However, he denied the candidacy for not being of his party interest, but kept supporting Bolsonaro's candidacy for President of Brazil and was subsequently invited for the Ministry of Defence. However, ten days later it was confirmed that Bolsonaro had chosen him to run the Institutional Security Office of the Presidency of the Republic.

He is the son of Ari de Oliveira Pereira and Edina Ribeiro Pereira, is married to Sônia Pereira and had two children: Renata and Mário Márcio.

On 18 March 2020, Heleno tested positive for COVID-19.

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