Page 5 - Wingman Magazine_Feb 2017 issue
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By June L. Kim, Associate Editorr
Updates on AFA’s activities, outreach, awards, and advocacy.
Last fall, the Lance P. Sijan Chapter honored 16 V ietnam War veterans from the Colorado Springs, Colo., area during a chapter meeting.
Colorado State President Timothy J. Tichawa and Sijan Chapter President Donald T. Kidd made opening remarks to a group of 7 5 people, which included members of a local V ietnam veterans organization, reported Sijan Chapter V P Linda S. Aldrich.
Maj. Michael D. Kennedy, course director for modern military history at the Air Force Academy, was guest speaker and gave a presentation about the V ietnam War.
Sijan Chapter V P for V eterans Affairs Paul Bailey organized the event and had reached out to the veterans, to invite them to the ceremony and receive a special pin, said Aldrich. The pinfeaturedaneagleonthefrontandthemessage,“ Agrate- ful nation thanks and honors you,” inscribed on the back.
Air Force JROTC cadets from Colorado Springs Acad-
emy High School presented the colors. At the end of the
evening, cadet Anthony Mayes and V ietnam War veteran J . R. McDonald speaks to the Eglin Chapter about Lt. G en. Lewis
Gus Freyer, the youngest and oldest attendees, cut a cake to commemorate the Air Force’s birthday in September.
Thomas Dowell, representing a Vietnam v eterans group, presents a Vietnam War Commemoration lapel pin to Cordelia K endall, as
S andy K och looks on. S ijan Chapter VP for Veterans Affairs P aul Bailey assisted in the presentation.
Brereton ( in photos in the background) , who was a pioneer in mili- tary av iation and commanded Third Air Force in Florida in 1941. McDonald receiv ed a chapter award named for Brereton.
The E glin Chapter in Florida had much to celebrate at their annual awards luncheon in Shalimar.
The Brereton Award, named after Lt. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton, was awarded to J. R. McDonald, the V P of Air Force programs at Lockheed Martin, for outstanding civilian contributions to airpower, reported Amy D. Gold, chapter communications V P, and E ddie McAllister, chapter V P of awards.
The chapter’s E xceptional Service Citation went to Steve Madley, who oversaw the annual golf tournament, hosted by the chapter’s education foundation.
Chapter Sustained Service citations went to Bob Patterson, Shirley Pigott, Dave Miller, and Mike Boles.
The Chapter Member of the Year is Colleen Smith, V P for Community Partners.  
Got chapter news? Send the details to jkim@ Please include high-quality, visually interesting photos and the photographer’s name.
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