The Air Force Historical Foundation
Contact: Jim Vertenten
The Air Force Historical Foundation’s Doolittle, Spaatz, and Holley Awards will be presented on October 8th, 2014
Joint Base Andrews, MD, August 15, 2014. The Air Force Historical Foundation will present its highest awards on Wednesday, October 8th, in ceremonies at the Air Force Memorial and The Sheraton Pentagon City, Arlington, VA.
The James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle Award – recognizing a U.S. Air Force unit’s significant contributions to air power history – will be presented at the Air Force Memorial at 4:00 PM to the 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, AR. The 19th’s roots extend back before World War II, when it was one of the original 15 groups that made up US Army aviation. Despite suffering heavy losses following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 19th launched the first offensive attack against Japan in World War II. The unit’s reputation grew greatly through sustained superior performance in the Korean
and Vietnam wars, and all subsequent conflicts. The 19th truly lives up to its motto “In Alis Vincimus—On Wings We Conquer.”
The remaining awards will be presented at the Air Force Historical Foundation Awards Banquet, at the Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington. The General Carl A. “Tooey” Spaatz Award – recognizing an individual for his or her lifetime of contribution to the making of United State Air Force history – will be presented to General Lloyd W. Newton, USAF (Ret). General Newton’s distinguished military career spans the Vietnam War period to the modern Gulf conflicts, including 269 combat missions as an F-4 pilot in Vietnam. The general served as a member of the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, where he held several positions including narrator, slot pilot and right wingman. He has commanded three wings and an air division, and held numerous staff positions. He retired from the Air Force as Commander, Air Education and Training Command. The Major General I. B. Holley Award — honoring an individual for his or her sustained, significant contribution to the documentation of Air Force history during a lifetime of service – will be presented to Colonel Walter J. Boyne, USAF (Ret). Col Boyne is a command pilot with over 5,000 flying hours, a combat veteran, aviation historian, and author of more than 50 books and over 1,000 magazine articles. He is a former director of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Chairman of the National Aeronautic Association, and a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
About The Air Force Historical Foundation (www.afhistoricalfoundation.org)
Founded on May 27, 1953 by Gen Carl A. “Tooey” Spaatz and other air power pioneers, the Air Force Historical Foundation (AFHF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the preservation, perpetuation and appropriate publication of the history and traditions of American aviation – with emphasis on the U.S. Air Force, its predecessor organizations, and the men and women whose lives and dreams were devoted to flight.
The Foundation serves all components of the United States Air Force, and strives to make available to the public and today’s government planners and decision-makers information that is relevant and informative about all aspects of air and space power. By doing so, the Foundation hopes to assure the nation profits from past experiences as it helps keep the U.S. Air Force the most modern and effective military force in the world.
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