Military Dogs Receive Top Honors

Military Dogs Honored

American Humane’s Lois Pope K-9 Medals of Courage

A fearless Black Lab who uncovered IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq; a pound puppy who became a Specialized Search Dog and saved countless lives during his 210 combat missions; a Chocolate Lab who protected our troops and survived deadly ambushes by the Taliban; a four-footed warrior who was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and safeguarded 26,000 U.S. servicemembers; and a brave Explosive Detection Dog who served overseas on the frontlines of the War on Terror and now protects Americans on the home front, have all been chosen as the 2017 recipients of American Humane’s Lois Pope K-9 Medal of Courage. The awards, presented at a Capitol Hill, are the nation’s highest honor for military dogs for extraordinary valor and service to America.

Meet 2017’s medal winners:

Military Working Dog Coffee

Coffee, a Chocolate Lab, started and ended her military career at U.S. Army Sergeant First Class James Bennett’s side. The two became partners almost a decade ago, when Coffee entered training at Lackland Air Force Base in 2006, where she learned to become a specialized explosives-detection dog.

Coffee and SFC Bennett served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, working together to locate lethal bombs and other security threats. Coffee faced full-on attacks and deadly ambushes by the Taliban, but she refused to waver and never failed to bring home all of the soldiers she was sent to protect. Coffee, now 13, retired in December 2016, concluding nine and a half years of military service. SFC Bennett adopted Coffee when she retired.

Explosive Detection Dog Alphie

Alphie worked under some of the most dangerous conditions during his two tours in Afghanistan, entering and clearing villages for IEDs, making vital finds of weapons and communications equipment, and working with our warriors to surprise the Taliban and take out processing plants for illegal narcotics used to finance the war against our troops. Alpine and his handler at the time, Marine Lance Corporal William Herron, served in Helmand Province, one of the most perilous areas in the country, and Alphie had his share of close calls. This heroic Black Lab, now seven years old, retired from military service in 2014. Today, Alphie works as a member of the TSA’s elite Canine Explosives Detection Program with his partner and TSA handler, Lesley Runnels.

Military Working Dog Capa

Now retired 10-year-old Capa has been awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal for meritorious service, was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Japan while serving as an explosives/patrol working dog, and was tasked to provide security for four missions protecting the President of the United States, another protecting the First Lady, and yet another helping safeguard the U.S. Secretary of Defense. Capa protected thousands of American troops during his nine years of Navy service as a highly trained explosives-detection dog. Capa’s lifesaving contributions were essential in providing safety and security for a fleet of a dozen U.S. Naval ships and 26,000 personnel, including his handler, U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Second Class Megan Wooster.

Military Working Dog Ranger

Ranger saved uncounted lives—and risked his own—in service to our country. The eight-year-old Black Lab bravely served in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he worked as an explosives-detection dog specializing in improvised explosive devices, or IEDS—the leading cause of death of American and allied troops in the War on Terror.

While working, Ranger suffered heat stroke and retired from military service in 2012. Kirk Adams, a retired police sergeant, and his wife adopted Ranger.

Military Working Dog Gabe (in memoriam)

Gabe was a life-saving Specialized Search Dog who served our country by completing more than 210 combat missions with 26 explosive and weapons finds in Iraq, saving countless American soldiers’ lives on the battlefield. He passed away in the arms of his adopted dad, Army SFC Chuck Shuck (Ret.), in February 2013.

Gabe was a pound puppy languishing in a Houston, Texas, animal shelter when he was adopted and trained by the United States Military. Proving that adoption saves lives, Gabe began his service as a Specialized Search Dog for the United States Army in 2006, and after three years of active duty, retired in 2009, having earned more than 40 awards and coins of excellence. He was selected as the American Kennel Club Heroic Military Working Dog in 2008 and won the top title of American Hero Dog at the annual national American Humane Hero Dog Awards ™ in 2012.

Source: American Humane


Tammie Jo Shults, who landed crippled Southwest plane, was one of first female fighter pilots in U.S. Navy

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The pilot who coolly landed a Southwest Airlines plane after one of the jet’s engines failed and torpedoed shrapnel through a window midflight has gone against the odds before.

Identified by The Associated Press as Tammie Jo Shults, she wasted no time steering the plane into a rapid descent toward safety when chaos broke out shortly after takeoff from New York — maintaining her composure even as passengers reported from the cabin that a woman had been partially sucked out of a shattered window.

“We have part of the aircraft missing, so we’re going to need to slow down a bit,” she’s heard calmly telling air traffic controllers in audio transmissions after reporting the aircraft’s engine failure.

“Could you have medical meet us there on the runway as well? We’ve got injured passengers,” Shults then requests.

A air traffic controller asks her if her plane is on fire, to which Shults calmly replies: “No, it’s not on fire, but part of it’s missing. They said there’s a hole, and — uh — someone went out.”

One passenger was killed, and seven others suffered minor injuries, authorities said. But many say the toll on Dallas-bound Flight 1380, which had 149 people aboard, would have been much higher had it not been for Shults’ quick thinking during her emergency landing in Philadelphia.

“Most of us, when that engine blew, I think we were pretty much going, ‘Well, this just might be it,'” said passenger Peggy Phillips, from Brandon, Texas. “To get us down with no hydraulics and a blown engine and land us safely is nothing short of miraculous to me. She’s a hero, for sure.”

A 1983 graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, Shults, 56, received her degree in biology and agribusiness, said Carol Best, a spokeswoman for the university.

Shults then became one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. military, according to the alumni group at her alma mater.

Cindy Foster, a classmate of Shults, told The Kansas City Star that when Shults enlisted in the Navy, she encountered “a lot of resistance” because of her gender. She was passionate about flying and dreamed of being in the Air Force, but went to the Navy instead after the Air Force denied her a chance, Foster added.

“So she knew she had to work harder than everyone else,” Foster told the paper. “She did it for herself and all women fighting for a chance.”

Veteran Opening the Doors of Opportunity for Women-Owned Businesses in Maryland


Entrepreneurship was never a consideration for Andrea Garris Jackson.  She wanted to be an attorney and hoped to attend college right after high school. However, upon learning her mother didn’t have the money to send her to college, she met with an Army recruiter at her high school who shared information about the Montgomery G.I. Bill and the Army College Scholarship Fund.  Without hesitation, Jackson enlisted and landed both funds for college.

After completing her service at Fort Leonard Wood, Jackson enrolled in college at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.  Upon graduation, she worked for the U.S. House Armed Services Committee in Washington, DC.  Later, she landed a job in the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development.  Jackson was hired as a Staff Assistant and subsequently appointed as the Acting Director for the office. Her assignment was to increase the success rate of minority and women-owned businesses in securing procurement opportunities with the City. During her first year on assignment, Baltimore City spent $44 million with minority and women enterprises and by her fourth year, City spending was up to $105 million annually with these firms.

Several years after leaving city government, in 2008, Jackson launched DPN Group, LLC, a management consulting firm that works with corporations to increase the success rate of small, minority, and women businesses securing contract opportunities in the private and public.  In addition, the firm oversees workforce development initiatives.  Her first client was an organization overseeing the redevelopment of 88- acres of land in East Baltimore.  Jackson’s firm is the third- party program manager and compliance monitor.  To ensure prime contractors reached their women business goals, she developed the Women’s Contractors College at EBDI.  Five cohorts later, its graduates successfully secured over $2 million in bonding for their businesses. As of September 2017, the project has netted over $38.6 million in contracts for women firms.

To further her mission to assist women-owned businesses, she sought the assistance of the Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center and Morgan State University’s Entrepreneurial Development Assistance Center in Baltimore.  The group collaborated and in 2014 held the first Maryland Military and Veteran Women Business Conference.  The conference’s mission is to ignite entrepreneurial synergy in Maryland by bringing together veterans, active duty personnel, military spouses, business owners, emerging entrepreneurs, organizations, government agencies and the private sector to share best practices and provide resources on how to do business together.  To date, the conference has gathered over 545 veteran-owned businesses to provide resources, business development and procurement opportunities.

Tiffany Daniel (right) and her mother at the Maryland Military and Veteran Women Business Conference

The conference draws participants such as Tiffany Daniel, 26- year combat Army veteran who deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  She is the owner of Curves, a women’s fitness facility in Fort Washington, MD.  In 2017, she was selected as the Women Veteran by Conference Board.  During the symposium, Daniel was able to share her entrepreneurial journey while networking with other women and gaining valuable information to enhance her business operations.

While Tiffany had never attended the seminars in previous years, but she was nominated for the award by Dr. JoAnn Fisher, founder of the Women Veterans United Committee, Inc.  Dr. Fisher has been participating in the conference since its inception.  She had this to say, “This conference is an exciting event and is necessary for the recognition of our Women Veterans in the business world.  This organization gives back by recognizing other Women Veteran business owners every year who are leading the way.”

The 5th Annual Maryland Military and Veteran Women Business Conference will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the War Memorial Building, War Memorial Plaza, 101 N. Gay Street, Baltimore MD  21201, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Participants will learn about grant funding for their business, certification, building an advisory board and using social media to grow their business. The conference is free for active duty military, retirees, veterans, spouses and dependents. All are welcome.

For more information, visit or call DPN Group LLC, (410) 347-7558.

American Veterans (AMVETS) Department of California Services Foundation: Addressing Homeless Veterans with National Partner – Living Spaces

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On a single night in January 2017, 40,056 veterans were experiencing homelessness in the U.S. The recent HUD Point in Time report revealed that 29% of all veterans in the United States live in California this equates to 11,472 veterans. California’s unsheltered veterans (living outside) rate is 67%. By far, California has the largest share of our nation’s homeless veterans.  (Meghan Henry, 2017) According to CalVet, California anticipates an additional 30,000 discharged members of the armed services each year over the next several years.

California has many resources for the burgeoned homeless veteran population, but all are taxed. Public and Private partnerships working together are the best way serve veterans leveraging their housing and supportive service’s needs. The CalVet Coalition and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans through a Continuum of Care organizations provide job training, life skills, job skills, resume services, etc. Veterans need all these wrap-around services to transition successfully. AMVETS realized its capacity to contribute to the continuum, by utilizing donated resources and creating The Welcome Home Program to increase the VA’s capacity to deliver services directly to the veteran outside of their offices.

AMVETS first partnered with The Veterans Administrations in San Diego and Los Angeles in 2012. Working in unison with VA Case Managers, they closely determine exactly what a veteran needs to transition from homelessness. This public/private partnership has resulted in 4,010 veterans transitioning out of being homeless. We achieve these numbers with the help of public donations. They are critical. Donations are repurposed and delivered directly to veterans. The value of donated items given to veterans since 2012, is $1,937,368!

Corporate partnerships are essential. In December 2017, a new partnership with Living Spaces resulted in the donation of 315 mattresses in 3 sizes to the Welcome Home program (pictured right). Living Spaces representatives, Brett Thornton and Hesham Hebeish (picture below right and 2nd from right) as well Living Spaces team members, helped unload four semi-truck trailers. This donation increased our capacity to serve veterans on our wait list faster.  Living Spaces’ partnership ensures that quality mattresses will be delivered to veterans to improve their health through better sleep.

All 315 mattresses were designated for delivery in San Diego County, Orange County, Long Beach, the Greater Los Angeles (county) and Fresno.

The team also delivers, beds, sheets, pillows, blankets, dressers, night stands, couches, coffee tables, end tables, dining room tables and chairs, refrigerators (*when available), pots and pans, and special request items, such as towels or rugs (*). The team is most proud delivering a way for the veteran to regain their dignity and become social again by making a home out of an empty apartment.

What can you do?  You can come along on a Welcome Home Program delivery. Call 714-396-1872 and schedule a delivery with Karina Guzman, Program Manager. Bring a tissue.  The impact is amazing. Call us to schedule a furniture donation at 1-877-990-8387.  Cash donations can be made online at and checks can be made out to AMVETS and mailed to the address below.

Team AMVETS Department of California Service Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit veteran service organization. We are located at 12345 Euclid Avenue, Garden Grove, California 92840.

EIN: 95-6056761

Works Cited

Meghan Henry, R. W. (2017). The 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

NOBLE Center for Excellence


The NOBLE Center for Excellence will serve as an official Community Policing Certification e-learning (CEU-POST) state of the art content hub for Law Enforcement Officers from across the globe to enhance building relationships between law enforcement and the community.

To further boost the capacity of the NOBLE Center for Excellence, we have partnered with the Attorney Benjamin Crump Social Justice Institute to make course content accessible in multiple platforms through a licensed online self-paced learning Virtual Campus system that is accessible 24/7/365 days a year allowing law enforcement departments or individual officers of the law to take courses through a digital live streaming television channel, mobile app, and a 21st Century Avatar virtual reality simulations that can activate on any mobile device, tablet or personal computer.

NOBLE is very excited and honored to be launching the NOBLE Center for Excellence. This is another step towards providing critical training to the law enforcement community and the nation,” stated Clarence E. Cox, III, NOBLE National President.

The program also includes:

The NOBLE Center for Excellence Institute is open enrollment — click here to begin your selection of a program.

The 21st Century Community Policing POST-CEU online certification program is also open for enrollment – click here to enroll.

Army vice chief of staff: Women vital to ‘strength of our Army’


History is replete with inspiring examples of female Soldiers who served, said the Army’s vice chief of staff.

“Today, women are a vital part of the strength of our Army,” said Gen. James C. McConville, who spoke Monday on Capitol Hill as part of the 10th Annual U.S. Army Women’s Summit.

The general said a female inspired him very early on in his own career. That woman, Gale O’Sullivan Dwyer, was his classmate during high school in Braintree, Massachusetts. Coincidentally, McConville and Dwyer both entered the same class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, he said.

At the time, McConville acknowledged that he had some challenges going through the academy. It was Dwyer who inspired him to persevere, he said, describing her as a little over five feet tall and about 100 pounds but “tough as nails.”

“She had tremendous character and resilience, was extremely smart and super physically fit,” he said. “She motivated me every day by her presence.”

Dwyer later on wrote a book with the fitting title: “Tough As Nails: One Woman’s Journey Through West Point.”

Throughout his career, McConville said he’s seen “hundreds of formations with women, motivating Soldiers left and right.”

The vice chief of staff provided another account of a female Soldier who inspired him. When he was a brigade commander in the 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq in April 2004, he said he got a call from the 1st Armored Division, saying that enemy fighters were on the verge of overrunning a small outpost in Najaf.

Fortunately, McConville said he had a team of Apache helicopters available, led by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Cindy Rozelle, outside of Baghdad. The helicopter team launched, arrived at Najaf in about 35 minutes, and came in shooting, he related.

“I don’t recall any of those Soldiers whose lives were saved talking about her gender,” McConville said. “They were just happy to be alive.”


McConville listed some recent achievements made by women in the Army:

— Last year, Simone Askew became the first African-American woman to hold the position of First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets. Askew was also selected as a Rhodes Scholar.

— Last fall, six women earned Expert Infantry Badges during testing at Fort Bragg.

— By the end of 2017, more than 600 female Soldiers were in infantry, armor and artillery positions that were only recently opened up to women.

— Today, every infantry, armor and artillery battalion in every single active-duty brigade combat team has women assigned — up to hundreds in some BCTs.

Continue onto the Army newsroom to read the complete article.

Engineering Better Body Armor

Mackie Jordan

By Ashley Calingo, Marine Corps Systems Command

Flora “Mackie” Jordan’s path to becoming an award-winning body armor engineer for the Infantry Combat Equipment team at Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) happened by chance.

“It was kind of accidental but serendipitous,” Jordan said of her introduction to MCSC. “After graduating from college, I applied to the Naval Acquisition Development Program, and they can place you at any one of over 100 locations. I think it was just pure luck that [MCSC] happened to be looking for a body armor engineer.”

After graduating from McGill University in 2011 with a degree in civil engineering and minor in environmental engineering, Jordan had to choose between various job prospects. Ultimately, Jordan—a young woman whose first brush with the military was as a nuclear engineering intern with the Navy—chose to go with the Marines.

“I was torn between my technical passion—environmental engineering—and patriotism and wanting to give back to those who give so much to this country,” Jordan said. “This job just sounded so cool and unlike anything I’ve ever done or thought I could ever do. It sounded like a challenge and was something I just couldn’t turn down.”

In her relatively short tenure at MCSC—Jordan recently celebrated her five-year work anniversary at the command—the 28-year-old has led the team that introduced a lightweight body armor system that is just as effective as, but 45 percent lighter than, the body armor Marines currently use.

The research, data collection, and testing period leading up to the system’s final iteration was a lengthy one, and Jordan sometimes collected data in unconventional—albeit effective—ways. To help fine-tune the requirements, Jordan found herself—dressed in full gear—marching alongside Marines during a field exercise in the southern Californian desert.

“I was in body armor the whole time, I was eating MREs, we were sleeping in tents,” Jordan said of the week-long exercise. “It was a very miserable experience, but it really gave me an understanding of how Marines use the gear, what the issues are, and helped me gather the data we really needed.”

Data collection sessions like these helped Jordan and her team identify specific issues Marines face while wearing body armor. It also helped to put themselves in a Marine’s frame of mind when coming up with solutions to their feedback.

After several iterations, Jordan and her team developed a modular body armor system that was lightweight and more comfortable, gave Marines better mobility, and could be customized to fit Marines of every size and body type. Jordan and her team also made sure the new body armor was compatible with other fielded equipment, like the USMC pack system.

“Marines are at the center of everything we do,” said Jordan. “From a design standpoint, we took into account a lot of human factors and how Marines wear it and move with it on. We looked at its compatibility with packs when Marines are hiking or how well it holds up to different environmental conditions—from flames to extreme cold to maritime.”

Jordan and her team’s hard work did not go unnoticed. Jordan was recently awarded the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America “Promising Innovations Medal” from the Partnership for Public Service for her work on lightweight body armor. Also known as “the Sammies,” the annual awards recognize federal employees who are responsible for noteworthy and inspiring accomplishments, highlighting excellence in the federal workforce.

“When the request for Sammies nominations came out, one person jumped out in my mind, and that was Mackie,” said Nick Pierce, team lead for the individual armor team at MCSC who nominated Jordan for the award. “Mackie’s impressive with the speed at which she moves—she stays focused on making positive changes that would impact Marines the most. Mackie really values the direct feedback she gets from Marines. She’s also a big player within the team and will help with anything.”

In addition to being this year’s youngest honoree, Jordan is also the first civilian Marine to ever win a Sammie in the award’s 16-year history.

In her off time, Jordan is currently pursuing her Master’s in Engineering Management at George Washington University. She also regularly volunteers at Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics events to “let kids know what opportunities are out there and help them understand their capabilities better.” Jordan relishes in the idea of “changing the world for good, or making an impact in the world.”

At MCSC, Jordan says the most rewarding thing about her job is knowing how her work impacts Marines in a positive way.

“Honestly, working with Marines, getting a chance to hear what they have to say and trying to make a difference that makes their lives a little easier—whether it’s by making their body armor lighter, or making it slightly more comfortable so it’s not causing them pain, or even just giving them something that they’re looking for in a system—that’s the biggest reward,” she said.

Photo Credit: Jennifer A Sevier

American Church Shootings and Crisis Management


by J. Christopher Murphy; Senior Associate, Merletti, Gonzales & Associates International Security Consultants

In the 1960s, there was a popular old gospel song entitled “Church Twice on Sunday and Once in the Middle of the Week.” Church was not only popular for spiritual growth, but also for fellowship and social interaction. It was a central part of life in many communities. It was a safe haven!

Over the last ten years, we have seen an increase in church shootings, bomb threats to synagogues, and attacks on mosques. Studies of these incidents reveal that there is no religious, racial, socioeconomic, or denominational commonality. Our places of worship in America have become places of violence, or so it would seem. Most studies do not point to religion as the target, but instead, specific issues with the assailant. The gathering of people in a house of worship at predictable times is a tempting target. The most recent deadly church attack occurred on November 5, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The attack left twenty-six dead, and the motivation appeared to be domestic in nature. On May 17, 2015, Emmanuel AME Zion Church in Charleston, South Carolina, suffered a racially motivated shooting that killed nine people. Whatever the motivation, and whatever the assailant’s state of mind, the outcome of such attacks is absolutely tragic. Clearly, these once safe havens are now vulnerable targets that attract individuals who are planning evil, instead of seeking redemption.

Churches, synagogues, and mosques need to have an assessment conducted to better understand the security gaps in their normal weekly activities. Larger churches with television ministries are particularly vulnerable, due to their wider exposure. Nursery and youth activities are areas of great concern. A robust background investigation should be standard for all who work with youth and infants. Evacuation plans for violence, weather-related crises, and fires should be given strong attention. A security team should be designated and trained. Even if uniformed law enforcement directs traffic at a worship location, this does not substitute for an internal security team. High-value assets, both human and material, should be identified. The crisis management policy should specifically identify these assets and the responses associated with those assets. A well-trained security team that uses measured responses can effectively address unusual incidents, without losing sight of the intentional hospitality of these institutions. Leadership needs to be empowered to take physical action, even if the incident is happening on “sacred ground.”

These realities should warn the leadership of all holy places, regardless of size or location, to develop a plan to help protect their members. The plan should be documented, and training for that plan should be regularly scheduled.

We encourage all clergy, lay leaders, and concerned congregants to be deliberate in developing crisis management plans for their places of worship.

Garden Grove native supports one of the Navy’s most versatile combat ships

Darrell Post

SAN DIEGO – A 2001 Rancho Alamitos High School graduate and Garden Grove, California, native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the staff aboard Littoral Ship Squadron One, supporting one of the country’s most versatile combat ships.

Petty Officer 1st Class Darrell Post is a hull maintenance technician serving at Littoral Ship Squadron One in San Diego.

A hull maintenance technician is responsible for the metal work necessary to keep all types of shipboard structures in good shape.

“Following directions is something that I learned that has been vital to my success,” said Post. “Keeping a strong belief in procedural compliance has helped me stay focused and allowed me to progress in the Navy.”

The ship’s technological benefits allow for swapping mission packages quickly, meaning sailors can support multiple missions, such as surface warfare, mine warfare, or anti-submarine warfare.

Designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft, littoral combat ships are a bold departure from traditional Navy shipbuilding programs. The LCS sustainment strategy was developed to take into account the unique design and manning of LCS and its associated mission modules.

“Every single day our LCS surface warriors prove they are the best and the brightest – and let me tell you, they love their ships,” said Capt. M. Jordan Harrison, Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE.  “LCS are fast, agile, maneuverable and the minimal crew manning affords leadership and qualification opportunities you won’t get anywhere else in the Navy. Visit one of our ships and you will see ensigns and chiefs at the helm because that is just how highly trained and talented and motivated our officers and Sailors are in the LCS community.”

As one of the staff members at LCSRON supporting one of the Navy’s newest ships, Post explained they are building a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes. Staff members know how important it is for the Navy to develop new war-fighting capabilities to continue their success on the world’s oceans.

“My grandfather, dad and brother all served in the Army,” Post said. “They were an influence in me joining the military because I saw how the military helped set them up to better their lives.”

Post’s proudest accomplishment was being awarded an Iraq campaign medal.

Through innovative planning, the design of systems, and crew requirements, the LCS platform allows the fleet to increase forward presence and optimize its personnel, improving the ability of the Navy to be where it matters, when it matters.

“Serving in the Navy has instilled in me structure and a sense of belonging,” Post said. “The chain of command makes this a special place to come to work each day. They have helped me every step of the way since I checked in.”

Source: Navy Outreach

U.S. Air Force’s Heritage Flight to perform flyover for Super Bowl LII

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight is scheduled to perform the flyover at the start of Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 4.

The Heritage Flight will consist of one F-16 Fighting Falcon, two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and one P-51 Mustang flying in formation over U.S. Bank Stadium. This is the first time the Heritage Flight team will conduct a flyover for a Super Bowl, and it will be broadcast live on NBC and in U.S. Bank Stadium from multiple vantage points, including an in-flight perspective from a camera mounted on the P-51 Mustang.

The United States Air Force Heritage Flight Program presents the evolution of United States Air Force air power by flying today’s state-of-the-art fighter aircraft in close formation with vintage aircraft, dramatically displays Air Force history, and proudly supports our Air Force’s recruiting and retention efforts. As part of the Heritage Flight program, the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation honors the sacrifices of those who have served or are currently serving in the Air Force through participation in these flight displays.

The teams representing the Air Force in the Heritage Flight for Super Bowl LII are the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team from Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, the A-10 Thunderbolt Demonstration Team from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona and a vintage P-51 Mustang flown by pilot Steve Hinton from the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation, California founded by chairman Dan Friedkin.

Airpower Foundation Announces Changes to it’s Executive Board of Directors


The Airpower Foundation is announcing changes to it’s Executive Board of Directors. These changes were effective January 1, 2018.

Sid Eppes, former Vice Chairman, has been elected Chairman, and Major General Kevin Pottinger, (Ret.) USAF, has been elected Vice Chairman by the Airpower Foundation Board of Directors.

The Airpower Foundation expresses it’s sincere gratitude to Mr. Palomares for his numerous years, and countless hours of dedicated volunteer service and leadership as Chairman. Mr. Palomares will remain on the Foundation board.

Mr. Eppes has been a long time member of the Airpower Foundation board, has been instrumental in assisting with the growth and development of the foundation over the years, and served as Chairman of the Grants Review Committee. He served four years as Chairman of the Fort Worth Airpower Council, the oldest civilian military support origination in the nation, and also has served as the Sky Ball Vice Chairman / Operations Director for the past 10 years.

Mr. Eppes’ extensive experience with sponsor relations, organizational partnerships, knowledge of the veteran support community, and relationships with nationally elected officials, will be instrumental to lead the foundation as we continue to grow and increase our support to those who serve and their families.

Major General Pottinger joined the Airpower Foundation Board 4 years ago as the military liaison/advisor and was voted as a director in 2016. Mr. Pottinger has contributed significantly to the Airpower Foundation over the years with his guidance from his military background. We look forward to his leadership as Vice Chairman in the years to come, in addition to his newly appointed role as the Chairman of the Grants Review Committee.