Clemente Ricardo Vega Garcia


July 1, 2022

Gerardo Clemente Ricardo Vega García (Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla, March 28, 1940-Mérida, Yucatán, June 22, 2022)[1] was a Mexican military officer who served as the Secretary of National Defense during the presidency of Vicente Fox from 2000 to 2006.[2]


He was born on March 28, 1940 in Puebla de Zaragoza. He entered the Mexican Army in January 1957. On January 1, 1960 he graduated as an infantry second lieutenant from the Heroico Colegio Militar. In addition, he obtained a bachelor's degree in Military Administration from the Escuela Superior de Guerra and a master's degree in Military Administration from the National Defense College.[3] Some of the positions he held in the Mexican army were the following: Military Attaché in the U.S.S.R., commander of the 11th and 17th infantry battalions, deputy director and director of the National Defense College, commander of the 34th and 5th Military Zones, director General of Military Education and Rector of the University of the Army and Air Force and Commander of the I Military Region.[2] On December 1, 2000, President Vicente Fox appointed him Secretary of National Defense, a term that ended on November 30, 2006. His notion of National Security was defined by: «[…] National security is the condition of thought and action of State, by which an organized society, in the environment of law, obtains and preserves its national objectives".[4] During his assignment as secretary, he publicly warned that he would apply "military discipline" to the military who claimed that the removal of immunity against Andrés Manuel López Obrador promoted division among the Armed Forces. [3] It was revealed in July 2017 that he was suffering from Alzheimer's.[3] He died on June 22, 2022, [1] in the city of Mérida, Yucatán.[5]

See also

Annex: Cabinet of Vicente Fox Annex: Secretaries of National Defense


External Links

Military profile on the official website of the Ministry of National Defense