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.