|Colonel Hector Andres Negroni||
Colonel Hector Andres Negroni (born January 30, 1938)
born in Yauco, Puerto Rico, is a historian, author and
the first Puerto Rican graduate of the United States Air
Negroni, was born in the town of Yauco, 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 Vera Cruz, Mexico 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.
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.
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 Vice President Operations for
McDonnell Douglas Spain Ltd., a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas
On December of
1992, Negroni decided to become a private management consultant
specializing in project, marketing, and proposal management. Other
ventures in which he was successful in the implementation and
development of new programs were 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 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
Negroni has also authored many articles which have been published in various U.S. and foreign journals. He is the author of "Historia Militar de Puerto Rico" (A Military History of Puerto Rico (the book)), was commissioned by Spain's Fifth Centennial Commission. 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 Genealog?a de Puerto Rico" (The Genealogy of Puerto Rico) which provides an indepth study of the Puerto Rican people, "The History of Yauco" and "The History of the Negroni Family". He is currently married to Joan Leah Blanco with he had two sons, Hector Emilio, a Managing Director in Goldman Sachs and Xavier Andres, a Managing Director in Bank of America. Negroni and his wife currently reside in Vienna, Virginia.
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