(Panama City, Panama)  On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, HAPCOA members attended the change of command ceremony honoring the Presidential appointment of Omar Pinzon as Director General of the Panamanian National Police Force.  This event was officiated by Panama President Juan Carlos Varela at National Police Headquarters.


President Varela presents Director Pinzon with the Panamanian National Police Command Flag.

HAPCOA members attending the event, as special guest of the Director, included Anthony Chapa, HAPCOA Executive Director, and from the US Embassy Panama: Eric Moncayo, CBP Attaché and Christian Rivera, AFOSI, Force Protection Attaché. Also attending the event was HAPCOA supporting member SSGT (retired) Esteban Blis, US Army, who lives in Panama City, Panama.


Blis and Chapa pose with Director Pinzon at a reception in his honor.


Chapa presents Director Pinzon with the HAPCOA Seal and a letter of Congratulations.

The HAPCOA members assigned to the US Embassy Panama have agreed to form the first overseas chapter of HAPCOA which will help provide outreach and liaison opportunities with the new Panamanian Police Command Staff.  Retired US Law Enforcement Officials living in Panama will be encouraged to join HAPCOA.


Chapa walks and chats with Panama President Varela.