COMANDANTE DO EXÉRCITO

General de Exército Enzo Martins Peri

Born on April 11, 1941, in Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, he joined the Army in 1960.

Educated at the Brazilian Military Academy (Resende-RJ), Gen Enzo was commissioned into the Army Engineering Corps in December 1962.

Gen Enzo also graduated in Construction and Fortification Engineering at Instituto Militar de Engenharia, he took the Officers’ Advanced Course at Escola de Aperfeiçoamento de Oficiais, and the Command and General Staff Course at Escola de Comando e Estado-Maior do Exército.

He was awarded the following medals and decorations: Order of the Military Merit, Order of the Defence Merit, Order of the Armed Forces Merit, Order of the Air Force Merit, the Naval Cross, Mauá Merit – Mauá Cross, Order of the Military Judge Merit, Order of Rio Branco, Suez Battalion Merit, Order of the Cartographic Merit, the Victory Medal, Golden Military Medal (platinum bar), Troops Medal (bronze bar), The Peacemaker Medal, Santos Dumont Merit, Tamandaré Merit, Amazon Service Merit (silver bar), Marshal Hermes (silver, 1 crown), Highly Distinguished Military Engineers Legion Merit, Col Emilio Sobreira Medal, Constitutionalist Medal, Order of the Renaissance Merit, Heroes of the Jenipapo Medal, National Civilian Defence Medal, Public Security of the Federal District Medal, Order of the International Pharmaceutical Merit Award, Order of the Civic Merit Award,  LT Vaz Squadron Medal, Officer Joaquim José da Silva Xavier Medal, Marshal Cordeiro de Farias Award, WW II Golden Jubilee Medal, Brazilian Magistrature Cultural Merit Award – Grand Cross, State do Paraíba Legislative Assembly Award, and the title of Citizen of Mato Grosso, by the Legislative Assembly of Mato Grosso.

He was also awarded the following foreign decorations: from Colombia, the Order of the Military Merit “Gen José María Córdova”; from Paraguay, the Order of the Military Merit, the Engineers Honour Medal, and the Order of the Merit “Marechal José Félix Estigarribia”; from Argentina,  the Order to Distinguished Services; from Chile the Victory Cross Medal; from Ecuador, the Ecuador Armed Forces Star – grand Star of the Military Merit; from El Salvador, the Golden Medal for Distinguished Services; from Peru, The Peruvian Cross of the Military Merit and the Military Order of Francisco Bolognesi; from Bolivia, the “Prócer de la Libertad Gen Div José Miguel Lanza” award and the “Castillo de Oro – Ingeniero Honoris Causa” distinction; from Portugal, the Military Merit Medal – Grand Cross; from Italy, the European Medal of the “Federazione Italiana dei Combattenti Alleati”; and from the United States of America, the Legion of Merit – in the rank of Commander

As a Senior Officer, Gen Enzo was instructor at the Escola de Aperfeiçoamento de Oficiais, commanded the 9th Combat Engineering Company (School), was appointed Staff Officer of the 1st Construction Engineering Group, Assistant at the Ministry of the Army, and was assigned to a Brazilian Instruction Mission in Paraguay.

He was the commander of the 9th Construction Engineering Battalion and, after that, was the Chief of Staff of the 2nd Construction Engineering Group. Later, he was the Chief of Staff the 12th Military Region. Thereafter, he was assigned Chief of Staff of the Secretary-General of the Army, until March 1995, when he was promoted to Major General.

As a general, he was appointed Secretary-General of the Army; Commander the 2nd Construction Engineering Group, and after, of the 1st Construction Engineering Group, and Director of Construction Works and Cooperation.

Promoted to Lieutenant General in 1999, Gen Enzo was appointed to the Command of the 2nd Military Region and, then, Vice-Chief of the Department of Engineering and Construction.

On March 31, 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Army General, when he was designated Chief of the department of Engineering and Construction, where he remained until his appointment as Commander of the Army, in March 2007..