Letter from the President – Fall 2019

Dear Members,

AFHF President Christopher D “Chris” Miller

We recently added new members to the Foundation’s leadership:  Gen Ralph E. Eberhart, USAF (Ret); Maj Gen Charles W. Lyon, USAF (Ret); Maj Gen John L. Barry, USAF (Ret); and Col Stephen E. Newbold, USAF (Ret).  They join other dedicated, energetic and selfless Board members and bring superb perspectives to the challenges and opportunities facing the Foundation.  Lt Col Steve Gress, USAF (Ret) stepped up to serve as our Treasurer, in lieu of long-serving Tom Owens.  I am grateful to departing Board members Gen Lloyd “Fig” Newton, USAF (Ret); Maj Gen T.C. Jones, USAF (Ret); and Col Dick Anderegg, USAF (Ret), who contributed in many significant ways to AFHF.

 The Board and staff are working on a number of projects intended to honor and amplify the 75th anniversary of the Air Force in 2022. Among these projects are production of a commemorative coin and welcome updates on the Foundation’s coffee-table-sized books. We are pursuing grant funding to realize the concept of a “plug-and-play” USAF history course that could be marketed to various professional military schools, ROTC, etc. We are excited about this and hope to see it to fruition.

In the immediate future, the Foundation will again have a booth at the Air Force Association Air Space and Cyber Conference, September 16-18 at National Harbor, MD.  If this conference is on your calendar, please drop by and spend some time with us!

On October 9th, the Air Force Historical Foundation will present this year’s prestigious awards at our annual Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA beginning with a reception at 5:00 PM.

Honored for 2019 with the Doolittle Award for an historically outstanding unit is the 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska; with the Spaatz Award for a lifetime contribution to the history of the Air Force, retired General John P. Jumper, 17th Chief of Staff; and with the Maj Gen I. B. Holley Award for a lifetime contribution to the documentation of Air Force History, Dr. R. Cargill Hall.

We would be most honored if you could attend the Banquet—and bring your fellow Foundation members and friends! Register online at our website www.afhistory.org.  Our point of contact for assistance in signing up or any questions is Lt Col Jim Vertenten, USAF (Ret), AFHF Executive Director – ed@afhistory.org or (703) 395-7261.

The Foundation appreciates your loyalty, and it needs your support—in ideas, time, donations, or just forwarding “This Day in Air Force History” to others who might find the Foundation’s work interesting and worthy of support.  Airpower history matters, to Airmen and to America, and so does what we all do—for and with it! 

Very respectfully,

           Christopher D. Miller, USAF (Ret)

           President and Chairman of the Board