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Uruguayan Air Force Major Receives "Alas de las Americas" Award

For best article published in Air & Space Power Journal–Español

Posted: September 14, 2005

Lt. Col. Lou Fuentes (USAF-Ret), editor of ASPJ-E, presents the award Alas de las Américas to FAU Major Rodolfo Pereyra. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Lt. Col. Lou Fuentes (USAF-Ret), editor of ASPJ-E, presents the award Alas de las Américas to FAU Major Rodolfo Pereyra.

Major Rodolfo Pereyra expressing his gratitude for the award. To his left, Lt. Col. Lou Fuentes (USAF-Ret), editor of ASPJ-E, and  FAU"s Commander in Chief Brigadier General Enrique Bonelli. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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Major Rodolfo Pereyra expressing his gratitude for the award. To his left, Lt. Col. Lou Fuentes (USAF-Ret), editor of ASPJ-E, and FAU's Commander in Chief Brigadier General Enrique Bonelli.

FAU Commander in Chief Brigadier General Enrique Bonelli congratulates Major Rodolfo Pereyra for receiving the award. To his right, Lt. Col. Lou Fuentes (USAF-Ret), editor of ASPJ-E. (U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi)
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FAU Commander in Chief Brigadier General Enrique Bonelli congratulates Major Rodolfo Pereyra for receiving the award. To his right, Lt. Col. Lou Fuentes (USAF-Ret), editor of ASPJ-E.

The United States Air Force's publication Air & Space Power Journal–Español (ASPJ-E) has awarded Major Rodolfo Pereyra of the Uruguayan Air Force (FAU) with the "Alas de las Americas" (Wings of the Americas) prize for his article Clausewitz and the Air War in the Malvinas, published in the Spring 2005 issue of ASPJ-E.

The Wings of the Americas prize is granted annually for the best original article published in the ASPJ-E. In recognition of his article, Major Pereyra received a Diploma and a check for US $500.00 in a ceremony that took place September 12, 2005, at the Uruguayan Air Force Command Center “Boizo Lanza”. The event was attended by high-ranking officers of the Uruguayan Air Force, including Brigadier General Enrique Bonelli (FAU), representatives of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education (CADRE).

To open the ceremony, Col. Gustavo Aresse (FAU) pointed out that in the U.S., the article submitted by Major Pereyra "had to pass through a series of independent juries, comprised of experts and in competition with all of the articles published in between the 2004 Spring issue and the 2005 Spring issue.” Col. Aresse added that Major Pereyra “based on the series of academic courses within the Doctrine and Employment of Air Power program of the Basic Course of Command, and giving demonstrations of his intellectual capacity and vocational professionalism, he took on the challenge and undertook the work for which he is being recognized today, linking military theories with a contemporary event on our continent, which permitted him the establish conclusions about the lessons learned related to the history and theories of air power.”

The editor of ASPJ-E, Lt. Col. Lou Fuentes (USAF-Ret), made the presentation of the award accompanied by Lt. Col. Paul Berg (USAF), Chief of CADRE's Professional Journals Division. In expressing his gratitude, Major Pereyra said that when he was posted to the School of Command, he was asked to conduct a study of an armed conflict, with special emphasis on the development of the air campaign. “The conflict in the South Atlantic was a major example where the Argentine air power was successfully employed in all its strength, something which even its opponent recognized”, said Pereyra, explaining that in the interpretation of the philosophical concepts of Clausewitz one finds the explanation of why Argentina lost that war in spite of their aerial successes.

Major Rodolfo Pereyra is Deputy Squadron Commander of Air Base 2 “Santa Bernardina”, located in Durazno. He is a Combat Pilot Instructor for the IA-58 Pucará fighter, in which he has logged more than 1,700 hours. Major Pereyra is a graduate of the Military Aeronautics School, and has completed courses in Basic Command and Elements of Command given by the Air Force School of Command, and is a Distinguished Graduate of the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA). He has been awarded the Prize of the Office of Defense Cooperation of the United States and the Award of Merit from the Uruguayan Air Force.

 
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