Thursday, June 20, 2013
The Eglin Chapter of the Air Force Association has had a busy couple of months serving their local community. On May 16, 2013 the Chapter hosted its Annual Education Recognition Night to honor scholarship recipients and the Teacher of the Year.
Scholarships totaling $24,000 were presented to 10 top students from a local university, and 5 local high school programs. Keynote speaker Brig Gen Scott Jansson of Eglin AFB highlighted the key importance of continuing to educate our young leaders as they proceed to higher education. For a full list of scholarship recipients please visit the Eglin AFA Facebook page.
On Memorial Day, Chapter Treasurer Steve Czonstka presented a wreath at the Memorial Day services at Doolittle Park in Valparaiso, Fl. In addition, Chapter President Shannon Farrell and Chapter Vice President Eddie McAllister ran in the 28th annual Eglin AFB Gate-to-Gate Memorial Day run. Other chapter members participated in events during the race, as well as at Beal Cemetery and the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. We're proud of Eglin chapter members for representing AFA so well during this national day of remembrance.
The Eglin Chapter also continued their support of the Eglin AFA Fisher House 5K in partnership with the Eglin AFB Top 3 Association, Quality Imports Toyota, Northwest Floriday Fly Vps Regional Airport, and the Crestview Military Affairs Council. The third annual Eglin AFA Fisher House 5K was held in March, and raised $11,000 for the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Planning for next year's race is already underway, and we look forward to seeing the continued success of this initiative!
Last, but certainly not least, the chapter has recently renewed their relationship with the Eglin Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. Earlier this week the Eglin AFA Aerospace Education Foundation provided $2,000 in funds to help the CAP squadron improve their education programs for young cadets, focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Thank you to the members of the Eglin Chapter of AFA for their dedicated hard work in their community. The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. We do this through the dedication and commitment of our chapter members across the country.
For more information on what our chapter's are doing in their local communities check out the Air Force Magazine's AFA National Report.