Celebrating Ethiopian Heroes: An Event to Honor Gen. Legesse Teffera – Ethiopian Air Force Alumni

June 11th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Brigadier General Legesse Teffera is one of the ultimate Ethiopian war heroes of the modern era. A Washington based Committee has organized an event in his honor to be held this coming July. The General shall be honored in the presence of familymembers and fellow Ethiopians. Gen. Legesse’s Friends, Air force veterans, alumni of The Harar Military Academy, other members of the former Ethiopian Military and other patriots shall also gather from the US and Canada to attend the event. (more…)

Brigadier General Legesse Teffera is one of the ultimate Ethiopian war heroes of the modern era. A Washington based Committee has organized an event in his honor to be held this coming July. The General shall be honored in the presence of familymembers and fellow Ethiopians. Gen. Legesse’s Friends, Air force veterans, alumni of The Harar Military Academy, other members of the former Ethiopian Military and other patriots shall also gather from the US and Canada to attend the event.

Gen. Legesse, attended the Harar Military Academy before joining and graduating from Flight Training Squadron. As an Ethiopian hero, a professional of the highest order, and a patriot who went beyond the call of duty in the defense of Ethiopia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity during the invasion of Ethiopia by Siad Barre’s forces of Somalia during late 1970s.

Gen. Legesee, then a flying officer, went on a mission flying F-5 E fighter jet. He destroyed six of Somalia’s fighter jets in an air to air combat and on the ground. He also destroyed much of the invading army’s weaponry on the ground during that eventful and historic mission before the jet fighter he flew was shot down by enemy fire. Gen. Legesse was then captured and suffered for eleven years in solitary prison cell of Somalia. After eleven years , he was finally released and came to his beloved country as result of a prisoners of war exchange agreement made between the then government of Ethiopia and that of Somalia.

Upon his return in 1980 (Eth. Cal) , Lt. Colonel Legesse was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and awarded Ethiopia’s highest order of medal for heroism (Ye Hibretesbawit Ethiopia Ye Jegna Medalia) . For the past several years , Gen. Legesse has been residing in the Washington Metro area with his family.

The organizing Committee consists of Association of The Former Ethiopian Air Force, The Harar Academy Alumni Association, Concerned Ethiopians, and Artists. Other Ethiopian heroes who did much for Ethiopia including giving the ultimate sacrifice for love of country in line of duty will be remembered during this even. The event shall be held at Trinity Church located on 6000 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington DC, on Wednesday July 2, 2008 starting at 8:00 PM. The committee would like to extend its invitation to all Ethiopians to be present and honor Gen. Legesse Teffera.

To Contact the Organizing Committee: call 703-395-6067 or e-mail: Neaminz@aol.com

  1. | #1

    I woud very much like to thank you all for your initiative, dedication and devotion to organize this very historical event.
    It is very great and wonderful to hear that B.G Legsse Tefera. ( Known as also Legesse Filtu after jet fighter he flew was shot down by enemy fire near Filtu rular towon). He was shot down as he was returning for bomarding the enmy position. I was arround as an artilary battery commander. He is a real hero who demonstrated that balck africans who realiy love, respect their mother Ethiopia can do miracles like him and retired with great great honor and fame.He remanis a one time hero and one in a million proud son of ethiopia. He made all ethiopians proud. May god bless him and his family in exile for the rest of his life.I am confident that one day he will be bac to his country and reesablish the then famous Ethiopian Airforce and prove to the world that Ethiopia is back on its feet.

  2. abebe
    | #2

    Tank you those who are prepare this event.i did’t forget B.G Legesse Tefera he protectour country from the Siad Barre’s forces of Somalia.

  3. Fresenay Kebede
    | #3

    I am very glad, BRG/GEN LEGESSE TEFERA honored and reminded us evreyone his achivements for his country during Somalia invaded Ethiopia(1977).His Biograph was written since he was in somalia prison (YEJEGNAW GEDL. I proud in your name and Naval Salute for this great achivement ! Many Thanks to you General and wish you prosperity in all ways. GOD BLESS YOU

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