Héctor Andrés Negroni
|Héctor Andrés Negroni|
Colonel Héctor Andrés Negroni
First Puerto Rican graduate of the United States Air Force Academy
January 30, 1938 |
Yauco, Puerto Rico
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1961-1985|
Commander, 3rd Mobile Aerial Port SquadronVice Commander, Air Force District of Washington
|Battles/wars||1962 Cuban Crisis
1964 Yemen War
1965 Dominican Republic Crisis
1971-1972 Vietnam War
1984 Falkland Islands War
1985 Nicaraguan Contras Crisis
|Awards||Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
General Manager McDonnell Douglas Spain Ltd General Manager AlliedSignal Aerospace Company-HuntsvilleSite Manager Honeywell International-Huntsville
Colonel Héctor Andrés Negroni (born January 30, 1938) is a Air Force officer, historian, senior aerospace defense executive, author and the first Puerto Rican graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He was commissioned by Spain's Fifth Centennial Commission to write the "Historia Militar de Puerto Rico" (A Military History of Puerto Rico).
Negroni was born in the town of Yauco, Puerto Rico which is located in the southwestern region of the island. There he received his primary education. While still young, his parents moved to Santa Rosa, California. During this period of his life, his family continued to move and Negroni was to attend school in the Mexican city of Veracruz and finally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 1956, he graduated from Frankford High School and enrolled in Drexel University located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he completed one year of civil engineering before he received appointments for all three service academies, The United States Military Academy at West Point, The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. He decided for the Air Force Academy where in 1961 he earned a bachelor of science degree in Engineering with a major in Public Affairs. Negroni was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force and was awarded his navigator wings. While at Drexel University, Negroni was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.
In 1962, he received his pilot wings after completing pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, in Texas. In 1964, the Air Force presented him with a scholarship to pursue a master's degree at the University of Puerto Rico. In 1967, he graduated from the University of Puerto Rico and earned a master of arts degree in Hispanic Studies. Negroni served as an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Air Force Academy between the years 1967 to 1971. There he taught and directed all the Spanish courses. He also holds degrees from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Air War College.
Negroni participated in combat missions during the Vietnam War and accumulated over 600 combat hours. During his tour he served in the 553rd Reconnaissance Squadron stationed in Korat, Thailand and as Chief of Combat Operation in the 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron in Udon, Thailand.
In 1973, he was assigned to the 317th Tactical Airlift Wing, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, serving as an aircraft commander, flight commander, assistant operations officer, and wing chief of aircrew training. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1977 and became the Commander of the 3rd Mobile Aerial Port Squadron.
In 1978, he was named the Chief of Liaison for the Joint United States Military Group in Spain. The Spanish Government presented Negroni with its highest Air Force peacetime award, the Aeronautical Merit Cross for his contributions to the successful implementation of the United States-Spain Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation.
In 1980, Negroni was reassigned to the Pentagon and in 1981 promoted to Colonel. Among the positions which he held in the Pentagon are the following:
- Latin America Politico-Military Affairs Officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Vice Commander for the Air District of Washington at Bolling Air Force Base.
- Chief of the Policy and Management Division, Directorate of International Program, Deputate of Programs and Resources at the Headquarters United States Air Force in the Pentagon.
Negroni has authored over 200 articles which have been published in various U.S. and foreign journals. His research of the Corsican-Puerto Rican connection has provided a wealth of information about the Puerto Rico's ties with Corsica. Among Negroni's works is "La Genealogía de Puerto Rico" (The Genealogy of Puerto Rico) which provides an indepth study of the Puerto Rican people.
He is the author of "Historia Militar de Puerto Rico" (A Military History of Puerto Rico (the book)), commissioned by Spain's Fifth Centennial Commission, "Historia de Yauco" (The History of Yauco) and "The History of the Negroni Family".
In October 1985, Negroni retired from the Air Force after 24 years of service. He then he joined the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. He was named Manager of the International Business Development for the Harpoon anti-ship missile program in the McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company. In 1987 he was appointed Manager International Program Development for McDonnell Aircraft Company. In 1990 he was named General Manager for McDonnell Douglas Spain Ltd., a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
He is currently married to Joan Leah Blanco with whom he had two sons, Hector Emilio, a CEO for Fundamental Credit Opportunities in New York City and Xavier Andres, a Managing Director for Pierpont Securities in Stamford, CT. Negroni and his wife currently reside in Vienna, Virginia. He is a commercial pilot, a navigator and a certified Spanish-English diplomatic translator-interpreter.
On December 1992, Negroni became a private management consultant specializing in project, marketing, and proposal management. He was also involved with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers where he acted as Eastern Regional Director; the Latin American Management Association as Executive Director and T.E. Systems, Inc. as Vice President of Business Development. In 1996, he joined AlliedSignal Aerospace Company (which later became Honeywell International) as the General Manager for their Huntsville, Alabama Office. His responsibilities include marketing, sales and support activities with NASA's Marshall Space Center and the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. He retired from the aerospace defense industry in 2000.
Awards and recognitions
Among Col. Negroni's many U.S. and foreign decorations and awards are the following:
- Legion of Merit
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Air Medal
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
- Air Force Commendation Medal
- Air Force Longevity Service Award
- Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" for valor
- Combat Readiness Medal
- National Defense Medal
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Vietnam Service Medal with three battle stars
- Humanitarian Service Medal
- Vietnam Campaign Medal
- Cruz de Mérito Aeronáutico (Aeronautical Merit Cross), Spain
- Command Pilot Wings, Bolivia
- Spanish Air Force Pilot Wings, Spain
- List of famous Puerto Ricans
- List of Puerto Rican military personnel
- Corsican immigration to Puerto Rico
- Hispanics in the United States Air Force
- "Hector Negroni Appointed Chief Executive Officer of VideoChip Technologies, Inc." (Press release). Business Wire. 2006-09-26. Retrieved 2010-01-11.[dead link]
- "Asomante", Num. 4; 1968; Pages 21-35.
- "Journal of Inter-American Studies"; April 1969; Pages 272-285.
- "El Mundo"; 4,5,6,7,8,10; Nov. 1969.
- Negroni, Héctor Andrés (April 1996). "Historical Summary of the Negroni Family". Boletin de la Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Genealogía Vol VIII. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
- Negroni, Hector Andres (1992). Historia militar de Puerto Rico. Coleccion Encuentros (in Spanish). Sociedad Estatal Quinto Centenario. ISBN 84-7844-138-7.
- Dept. of Defense; Department of the Air Force, Pope Air Force Base, Document DPMPP; April 4, 1977
- Puertorriquenos Who Served With Guts, Glory, and Honor. Fighting to Defend a Nation Not Completely Their Own; by : Greg Boudonck; ISBN 978-1497421837
- Historia Militar de Puerto Rico (A military History of Puerto Rico)
- Historia Militar de Puerto Rico 
- The Puerto Rican soldiers
- Historical Summary of the Negroni Family "La Genealogía de Puerto Rico" (The Genealogy of Puerto Rico) by Héctor Andrés Negroni In Spanish*