Prospero Alexie Uybarreta

Prospero Alexie Uybarreta is a Captain in the United States Air Force. He was born September 11, 1976 in Teaneck, New Jersey. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University in 1998, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC program.

He completed USAF Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, MS. He then served as E-3 AWACS Pilot and Aircraft Commander at Tinker AFB, OK, for three and a half years. During this time, he deployed twice to the Middle East, flying 35 combat missions during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He also flew 17 homeland security missions after 9-11.

Captain Uybarreta also completed USAF Combat Aircrew Tactics Training, McGuire AFB, NJ; USAF Advanced Instrument School, Randolph AFB, TX; USAF Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL; USAF Pilot Instructor School, Randolph AFB, TX; and Indian Air Force Flying Instructors School, Tambaram AFS, India.

His major awards and decorations include: the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and two oak leaf clusters, the Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Medal, the Global War on Terror - Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Air Force Expeditionary Medal with one oak leaf cluster.

Other achievements include: Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, Distinguished Graduate from USAF Squadron Officer School and Indian Air Force Flying Instructors School. He was selected as Speaker at the 1998 Boston University College of Engineering Graduation. As an ROTC cadet, his submission "Let Freedom Reign" won the 1996 Freedoms Foundation at Valley Force Military Essay Contest.

Captain Uybarreta has logged over 2200 military flying hours. He also holds an FAA Commercial, Instrument, Multi-/Single-engine Pilot license and type ratings in Beechcraft, Mitsubishi, and Boeing aircraft.

Captain Uybarreta currenty serves as the US-Indian Air Force Exchange Instructor Pilot, teaching advanced flying in HJT-16 Kiran jet trainers at the Indian Air Force Academy near Hyderabad, India. He is also pursuing graduate studies and lives with his wife Janice.

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