As always, Air Power History editor Richard Wolf has assembled a very thoughtful reflection this quarter. He is able to do this because of authors who faithfully contribute thoughtful, disciplined accounts of success and failure, innovation and operations, people and weapon systems. Your membership helps sustain this work.
Normal operations for the Foundation are on the horizon. While our Annual Membership meeting is nearly certain to be virtual in the May-June timeframe, it seems likely we will be able to conduct our 2020-2021 Awards and Banquet in person sometime in the Fall. We are certainly planning for it.
Many members of the Board are working hard on the Foundation’s book “75 Great Airmen,” to be released in early 2022 to help mark the 75th anniversary of the Department of the Air Force. Member suggestions for names to include have been thoughtful and much appreciated, and your inputs remain welcome (via email to 75Great@afhistory.org) before 30 April.
We will also soon decide on a revised publishing proposal for updating the Foundation’s “U.S. Air Force – A Complete History,” which would encompass the earliest days of air and space power all the way to the three-quarter century mark.
Many thanks to the Foundation’s Life Members, who were recently recognized with a small token in the form of attractive Life Member cards. Their continued generous donations to the Foundation are deeply appreciated, especially during this past year of disruption. Should you have other ideas for ways to recognize members’ support, please pass them on.
Incremental growth continues in outreach through our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked-In, our daily e-mail, and archived journal issues. It is crystal-clear, however, that the Foundation’s value and its future existence depend on us successfully charting and pursuing even wider and more engaging ways to involve new generations of Airmen, Guardians, and historians. This is not an exercise.
Passing one year from the onset of the pandemic’s impact on all aspects of life, it is worth reflecting on challenges ahead. At home, achieving “a more perfect union” remains a cacophonous, centuries-old work in progress, but as both CSAF C.Q. Brown and CSO Jay Raymond have stressed, we face rising threats from geopolitical competitors that will demand successful innovation, purposeful change, and hard work to overcome.
In partnership with others, AFHF aids that cause by recording and sharing accurate and complete air and space power history. We must also help members of the Air Force and Space Force know and celebrate both their history and their heritage, and strive to provide insights on the ways air and space technologies have defended America and improved lives across the globe. Our charter, signed by Carl Spaatz and others on 20 February 1953, applied to today’s challenges, committed us to these things. It was a serious commitment then; it remains one today. Your support matters.
With best regards,
Christopher D. Miller
Lieutenant General, USAF (Ret)
President and Chairman of the Board