Dear members and friends of the Foundation:
The Foundation began 2018 with flying airspeed and an upward vector, thanks to the work of an outstanding Board and the continuing contributions of airpower historians, AFHF members and the dedication of Air Power History's Editor, Richard Wolf, and the dynamic duo of Jim Vertenten and Angela Bear, who constitute our organization's staff.
Since my last message to you the Foundation's awards program has been very active and, judging by the feedback we've received, very successful. Jonna Doolittle Hoppes and I had the privilege of visiting Creech Air Force Base in Nevada on January 18th to make an on-site presentation of the 2017 Doolittle Award. Presenting this significant award at the recipient unit's home installation had long been in our sights, and we were very pleased to see it come to fruition. The 432nd Wing command team, led by Colonel Julian Cheater, and Wing members were superb hosts.
We were provided a fascinating day of touring Creech AFB, discussing the Wing's assigned missions, and talking with the dedicated and exquisitely trained Airmen who support warfighting commanders across the globe. The visit culminated in a Doolittle Award presentation attended by a hangar full of Wing members and community leaders, and highlighted by prescient words that Jimmy Doolittle wrote in a 1945 letter to his wife. When the 432nd was being selected for this year's award, a compelling argument was made that "No commander would want to go to war without them." We left Creech fully convinced of this: the 432nd is highly skilled, motivated and thoroughly professional, an historically-distinguished unit whose allegiance to their heritage and daily contributions to national defense are fully worthy of the Doolittle Award. They're an outfit of which our Foundation, Air Force and nation can be extremely proud.
At the end of the month, we began the Foundation's annual recognition event by continuing the tradition of honoring the Doolittle Award unit at the Air Force Memorial. Braving a bitterly cold winter day for the ceremony, an impressive group of 432nd Airmen capped their Washington D.C. professional development trip with the pictured award ceremony, and then joined us at Army Navy Country Club for AFHF's Annual Awards Banquet. Here, with nearly 200 guests in attendance, the Foundation honored our other major award recipients for this year. They are:
We particularly want to thank our featured guest, Under...