Letter from the President – Winter 2019

Dear Members,

AFHF President Christopher D. “Chris” Miller

The Foundation has been in purposeful motion the past several months.  At the Air Force Association’s Air, Space, and Cyber Conference in September, we talked with many friends of the Air Force—AFHF members and some potential new members alike—establishing acquaintances that will hopefully swell our rolls in the future. We observed that few active duty Airmen have ever heard about the Foundation, yet they consistently express a desire to learn more about USAF history. Please, never pass up the opportunity to encourage interested people to join and/or contribute!

On a beautiful sunny afternoon in October we conducted our annual Doolittle Award presentation at the Air Force Memorial, followed by a memorable Awards Banquet at Army Navy Country Club. This year’s recipient of the Doolittle Award is the 55th Wing of Offutt AFB, Nebraska. The Wing’s history dates from the beginning of the Cold War.  In the decades since, the men and women of the 55th have contributed to virtually every aspect of global reconnaissance and command and control, making a critical national security difference and earning the respect of their peers and senior leadership. Col Gavin Marks, the Wing’s commander, spoke eloquently and passionately about the 55th’s vital mission and its various achievements.  The Foundation is proud to have recognized them.

At the Awards Banquet we also applauded this year’s distinguished annual individual award recipients:

·       General Carl A. Spaatz Award – General John P. Jumper, USAF (Ret)

·       Major General I. B. Holley Award – R. Cargill Hall

·       BEST AIR POWER HISTORY Article Award – David P. Anderson

·       BEST AIR POWER HISTORY Book Award – Colonel (Dr.) Phillip S. Meilinger, USAF (Ret)

We were especially honored to host the Air Force’s current Chief of Staff, General David L. Goldfein, who set an inspiring tone with his remarks and shared an admiring, humorous introduction for our Spaatz recipient and former Chief of Staff, General Jumper.  General Jumper’s gracious acceptance regaled the audience with thoughtful observations from his lifetime devotion to airpower. A full house enjoyed the evening, and although Dr. Meilinger was unable to be present in person, all recipients were appropriately recognized. Photos from the Doolittle Award presentation and the Awards Banquet appear elsewhere in this issue.

As we enter the holiday season the Board and staff continue working on several projects intended to honor and amplify the 75th anniversary of the Air Force in 2022, including updates on the Foundation’s coffee-table-sized books and work to secure grant funding to begin a “plug-and-play” USAF history course designed to enhance various professional military schools, ROTC, etc. We are excited about these efforts.

In the coming months, you may be asked to complete an AFHF survey.  When you do, I urge you to respond—we need to hear your views on future directions for the Foundation.  In order to advance our mission to know the past, shape the future, we must refine and pursue a collective vision to bring Air Force history to life–for you, serving Airmen, and national security decision-makers.   Your input is key to our future success.  Stay tuned!    

Very respectfully,

           Christopher D. Miller, USAF (Ret)

           President and Chairman of the Board