Col. (Ret.) Paulo Guerra was recognized as the recipient of the University of Central Missouri Distinguished International Alumni Award, during UCM's Homecoming Oct. 25-26, 2013.
With a desire to improve aviation safety in his native Brazil, Guerra received a master's degree in aviation safety from the University of Central Missouri in 1989. As a senior officer in the Brazilian Air Force, he was sent to UCM by his government to learn about aviation safety so he could return home and help revamp the country's system of research and prevention of aeronautical accidents.
In addition to his military service, Guerra also has served as postgraduate professor for the University of the Brazilian Air Force and an instructor pilot for the Brazilian Air Force Academy. He has served as vice director of CENIPA, the Brazilian equivalent of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and is the official representative of Brazil to the SICOFAA, an international organization that promotes cooperation between North and South America. He also was a representative from Brazil to the Flight Safety Foundation in Switzerland, Great Britain, Panama, Argentina, Venezuela and Chile.
Guerra is the recipient of 12 Medals of Honor from the Brazilian Air Force, and has volunteered as an air safety officer and consultant.