OMAR DOMINGO RUBENS GRAFFIGNA - ARGENTINA - 1981/05/19

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06628671
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RIPPUB
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U
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1
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April 3, 2019
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April 12, 2019
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May 19, 1981
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Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C06628671 1.131:111_4115 CLe Omar Domingo RIlbens GRAFFIGNA (Phonetic: GRAfeenah) 3.5(c) 3.5(c) Commander in Chief, Air Force; Member, Ruling´┐Ż Junta (since January 1979) Addressed as: General Graffigna Lt. Gen. Omar Graf- figna is an ambitious, politically moderate of who is strongly anti- Communist and pro-West. A firm defender of military rule in Argentina, he has vowed that subversion from the left will never again be permitted in his country. Graffigna believes that military governments in South America's southern cone should stand united on international issues that affect them. He has visited Chile and maintains fairly good relations with the Chilean Air Force; he also has urged a quick settlement of the Beagle Channel dispute between the two countries 3.5(d) MICROFILMED WENN. ARGENTINA Graffigna is innovative, decisive and an excel- lent organizer: Before making decisions he usually considers the views of his subordinates, who are fiercely loyal to him. He takes his military profes- sion serious and is highly respected by his fellow officers. J 3.5(c) Among the important positions Graffigna has held in the military have been: head of Transport Group II (1967-71); air attache in Italy (1971-72); assistant director of the Military Aviation School in Cdidoba (1972-73); commander, II Air Brigade (1973-76); and Air Force chief of staff (February 1976-January 1979). While chief of staff he played an important role in formulating both military and' political policies. The general is an excellent conversationalist, often willing to talk and well informed on many sub- jects. He speaks some English and good Italian. Married to the former Ilda Beatriz Vargas, he is the father of two sons and a daughter. Graffigna is 63 years old. C_QbLEIDEPITTAr 3.5(c) 1.971.24 CR M 81-11985 19 May 1981 Approved for Release: 2018/10/02 C06628671 3.5(c)