Miguel Severo, the Spanish/Portuguese editor for Military Review at Fort Leavenworth, has received the coveted Medal of the Peacemaker civilian award for rendering exemplary service to the Brazilian Army.
Severo was presented the award at the annual Ibero-American International Reception Sept. 17 at the Frontier Conference Center by Col. Hertz Nascimento, Brazilian liaison officer to the Combined Arms Center.
Severo has served as supervisory editor of Military Review’s foreign language editions since 2008, Nascimento said in prepared remarks, adding that Severo “has distinguished himself through his sterling contributions to the field of Brazilian Army doctrinal evolution, manifested by his skill in selecting articles for Military Review’s Brazilian edition in accordance with the most current topics of interest to the Brazilian land force.”
In addition, Nascimento said, Severo “serves tirelessly and has been exceedingly responsive to all requests of all Brazilian liaison officers attached to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center in order to publish articles written by Brazilian officers who seek to share their field of expertise with other members of our institution.”
Nascimento said Severo’s “unique qualification and background” made him the ideal recipient for the award.
“Facing the challenges of an immigrant from Brazil, who came to the U.S. in 1971, he gained valuable military experience during the more than 20 years of service to the U.S. Army,” Nascimento said. “His incomparable military/cultural awareness of both nations contributes directly to the importance of the role he plays today for the exchange of professional military experience between Brazilian and U.S. Army.”
The Medal of the Peacemaker was instituted in August 1953 in honor of Field Marshal Luis Alves de Lima e Silva, duke of Caxias from 1803 to 1880, a prominent and influential Brazilian military leader.
Serevo said he was proud and surprised by the honor, which hasn’t been awarded at Fort Leavenworth for at least 10 years.
“I was a linguist in the military,” he said. “I just enjoy languages. It’s a perfect match.”
Military Review, the professional journal of the U.S. Army, has been translated and adapted for Latin America continuously since 1945. It is published bimonthly.
The reception, hosted by the staff of Military Review, was an opportunity to welcome Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking students from the Command and General Staff College. Foreign officers and their families from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Portugal and Spain were invited to the event.
Col. Anna R. Friederich-Maggard, director and editor-in-chief of Military Review, said before the ceremony that she was very proud of Serevo’s accomplishment.
Page 2 of 2 - “It’s rare for a civilian to get this,” she said.
She said she is trying to promote students from the Brazilian military college in Rio de Janeiro to write articles for the journal. The commanding general visited Fort Leavenworth last week.
“We briefed him on this and he was very excited about it,” Friederich-Maggard said. “So it’s just not our students and our military or civilians writing articles, but it’s their officers and their students, too. It will be about things that are relevant to their Army and, hopefully, ours, too. It’s a good way to enhance the partnership.”