Peru’s Air Force Chief of Staff to inaugurate IAAFA training complex
By Dialogo February 08, 2012
United States and Peruvian high-ranking military officers will inaugurate the
Inter-American Air Force Academy’s (IAAFA) new Airfield Training Complex on February
9, in Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
While Peru’s Air Force Chief of Staff, General Pedro Seabra Pinedo will
preside the opening ceremony, Lieutenant General Robin Rand, U.S. 12th Air Force
Commander, will be a speaker at the event. Maj. Gen. (Retired) Fernando Melgar
Vargas, grandson of Gen. Fernando Melgar Conde, the visionary who conceived the
creation of the IAAFA in 1943, will be a guest speaker as well.
Each year, the academy teaches 34 technical and academic courses in Spanish
to more than 800 officers and enlisted service members from Latin America. Upon
graduation, students, from colonels to junior airmen, receive the coveted IAAFA
Wings –a symbol of significance that makes them members of a very select fraternity
of international airmen dating back over half a century.
IAAFA has a 68-year history in partner nation training. In 1943, eleven
members of the Peruvian Air Force graduated from the first class of the school at
Albrook Field, Panama Canal Zone.