After 3 years here at the Fighting Flyer Battalion, SFC Ildefon-so Perez has accepted a position as infantry platoon sergeant and is on his way to his new duty station: Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. SFC Perez has been the instructor for MS I, II, and III cadets, who always enjoyed his rappelling demonstrations, tactical expertise, and enthusiastic teaching style. He also spearheaded the effort to provide all contracted cadets with
the opportunity to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, improving cadets’ swimming, sprinting, rucking, shooting, and military domain knowledge.


SFC Perez arrived at UD from 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany, with 12 years of service under his belt. He has been de-ployed 4 times, receiving many awards including the Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, and the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster. SFC Perez, an avid Michigan fan, said of his experience at UD, “Before I came here, I had no clue where Dayton even was. Now, if the University of Michigan offered me a job today, I would turn it down. There’s no way it could be better than UD.”


Major Jeffrey Rosenberg, Professor of Military Science for the Fighting Flyers Battalion, hosted a farewell ceremony on the afternoon of February 3rd, 2016. It was attended by cadets, cadre, and 7th Brigade Commander Colonel Michael Hedges (pictured below). We cannot thank SFC Perez enough for his dedication and service to the program,