The award was presented in response to Miscavige’s humanitarian contributions.
David Miscavige, leader of the Scientology religion, received the prestigious Brigadier General Jaime Ramírez Gómez Inspector General Transparency Medal from the National Colombian Police on June 23, 2018 at Bridgetown, Barbados. Miscavige received the medal as the annual Freewinds Maiden Voyage (MV) Anniversary closed. The Scientology leader was acknowledged for his leadership, “courage, bravery and honesty,” and the various efforts he spearheaded to better Colombian society.
National Colombian Police Inspector General Carlos Ramiro Mena Bravo presented the medal, thanking David Miscavige in behalf of the nation for his work in “saving humanity from violence, evil, terrorism, drug dealings and all the negative factors that threaten it.”
“The National Police praises, acknowledges and materializes our great gratitude for all the training, motivation and respect Mr. Miscavige has given, not only to every police officer and Colombian military officer, but to every citizen that has benefitted from L. Ron Hubbard technology and the humanitarian campaigns he inspired,” said Mena.
What is the MV Freewinds?
The MV Freewinds is a Church of Scientology religious retreat on a 440-foot motor vessel. The Freewinds cruise ship was first built in 1968 in Turku-Finland for Wallenuis Lines and acquired by the Church of Scientology in 1985. According to Scientology.org, the vessel, which began service in 1988, “provided a distraction-free environment for parishioners to study and experience the highest level of spiritual counseling available in the Scientology religion.” The Freewinds logs more than 380,000 nautical miles.
The Freewinds has also been recognized and acknowledged by island port and civic officials, national police and military services in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador for their assistance. It is also designated by the United Nations International Maritime Organization as an official training platform. It has received accolades from Antigua, Dominica, St. Martin, St. Kitts, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, St. Vincent, Barbados, Grenada, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Freeport and Nassau.