Reserve the date--Monday, October 6, 2008.

Author:Nelson, Michael A.
Position:The President's Message - Air Force Historical Foundation

We've been very busy on a number of fronts lately--nominating a new class for the Board, helping prepare a new book on World War II, selecting book and article award winners, choosing our Spaatz and Holley Award recipients for this year, upgrading our website, even doing some extensive housecleaning at our office at Andrews AFB. But what I most want you to know about is the special event we're planning for this October. Here's the scoop:

The Foundation's annual Awards Banquet will be held on Monday, October 6th, at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel. We'll be honored to have Gen. Ron Fogleman, USAF (Ret.), former Chief of Staff and a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors, as our aider dinner speaker. On that occasion we will also present our Gen. Carl A. "Tooey" Spaatz Award for history-making to Maj. Gen. John Alison, USAF (Ret.), whose long service to the Air Force included being a member of the Flying Tigers, the Air Commandos, and much, much more. And well present our Prof. I. B. Holley Award for history writing and teaching to Brig. Gem Al Hurley, USAF (Ret.), a historian of passionate commitment to advancing the appreciation and understanding of military and Air Force history. Our annual awards for best book and best article will also be presented that evening.

And that's not all. In an unusual initiative, Lt. Gem Dave Deptula, DCS for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, will lead an informal session from 1630 to 1800 on current Air Force issues. Sitting in one of the hottest seats in the Air Staff, General Deptula is uniquely able to inform and to answer questions. [There's no added cost for...

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