WWII Heritage Days Honors Medal of Honor Recipients
PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (March 19, 2018) – World War II Medal of Honor recipients will be honored during the 15th annual World War II Heritage Days weekend, April 21-22, at the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum, Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, in Peachtree City, Ga.
The Hispanic Medal of Honor Society, based in Phoenix, Arizona, will bring an exhibit that includes five Medals of Honor, several large panels with a history of the medal profiles of the 16 Hispanic Americans who received the medal during World War II, and a U.S. flag flown on the USS Missouri. The exhibit has been displayed at the Pentagon and other Department of Defense installations. The five medals, escorted by an Arizona State Trooper on the flight from Arizona to Peachtree City, will be on display Friday through Sunday and will be available for media day on April 20.
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Savannah, Georgia, also plans to provide a display of Eighth Air Force airmen awarded the Medal of Honor. The mission of the museum, located in Pooler, Georgia, is to preserve for all Americans the stories of courage, character and patriotism displayed by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to the present. The museum offers various monthly programs honoring the men and women of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.
WWII Heritage Days is the largest World War II-theme event in the state of Georgia, bringing together historic aircraft, vintage military vehicles, antique cars, educational displays and demonstrations.
“The mission of WWII Heritage Days is to celebrate the 1940s, salute the Greatest Generation and inspire all ages to preserve the legacy of America’s veterans,” said Jim Buckley, leader of the all-volunteer Dixie Wing. “Each year we feature vintage aircraft, reenactor battles, music and lifestyles of the 1940s, in honor of the Greatest Generation. This is a great family event for children and adults of all ages.”
Suggested donations for WWII Heritage Days are $10 for adults 17 and older and $5 for children 11-17. Children 10 and under and World War II veterans are admitted free. Tickets for “Keep ‘em Flying,” the hangar dance on Saturday night, are $55 before April 1st, $65 after that date. Reserved tables also are available. WWII Heritage Days will take place rain or shine. Please no pets. All ticket sales are final. For more information, please visit www.wwiidays.org or call (678) 364-1110.
About the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum
The CAF Dixie Wing, based in Peachtree City, Georgia, was founded in 1987. The Wing, one of the largest units of the Commemorative Air Force, maintains and flies seven World War II aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, an FG-1D Corsair and rare types such as the SBD Dauntless dive bomber and P-63A Kingcobra. The unit, composed of 300 volunteers, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that relies on contributions of time and funds to carry out the mission of the CAF. For more information, go to www.dixiewing.org.
The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Dallas, Texas, the organization has more than 12,000 members and owns a fleet of 174 WWII aircraft. www.commemorativeairforce.org
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CAF Dixie Wing
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CAF Headquarters Seaking An Education Coordinator
(DALLAS, TX, March 20, 2018) - The Education Coordinator supports the design and execution of the CAF National Educational programs that consists of Aviation and STEM educational initiatives as well as Inspirational Programs known as RISE ABOVE. These programs are designed to introduce area students to aviation concepts and technology to develop an understanding and interest in aviation and its history. In addition, providing tools and mentorship to pursue post secondary opportunities. Also provides an inspirational introduction to the lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen, WASP and other key marginalized groups within society during WWII and showcase their struggle to achieve their goals, thereby relating the challenges of the past to the challenges faced today (with emphasis on young people). This person also supports the development and execution of the CAF National Airbase Education Center educational programs and non-residential camps onsite and its integration into the community.
As part of the Rise Above educational programs, this person provides technical support to all CAF physical facilities, as well as the traveling educational components by developing standards and protocols to create and distribute content with the finished product to be described as “best in class”. Develops interfaces and connections with the Educational and Academic communities. Liaison to special interest groups within the greater community and develops support for CAF educational programs at the CAF National Airbase.
Supporting team member to the educational fund raising efforts, (grants, major gifts) in coordination with development staff. Supports the sourcing of materials and supplier(s) required for educational programming at the Airbase and CAF Units. Works with creative team to produce additional content for national and Unit programs. Assists Units building sustainable education programs in their area. Reports metrics of impact and community involvement. This person is a public ambassador for CAF Education at CAF National Airbase and supports other educational programs not directly associated with Rise Above and performs other duties, as assigned.
Those interested in the position should contact CAF Vice President of Education Bill Shepard at (214) 330-1700, ext. 114 or email resume to email@example.com.
- Post-secondary education, prefer education/child development
- Aviation and/or history background would be an asset
- At least two years’ experience in non-profit sector preferred
Skills and Abilities
- Creative and Technical writing experience
- Project management
- Program design - Program execution - Impact evaluation
- Web Site management (content development, maintenance)
- Ability to use power tools and equipment
- Ability to do moderate travel
- Presentation development and delivery
- Strong interpersonal and public relations (customer service) skills and the capacity to engage and interact with a wide range of people
- Ability to work in a team environment
- Ability to pass an at risk youth back ground check
- Valid drivers license
- Bilingual (English and Spanish) considered a plus
- Education program development & execution (after school, summer camps programs)
- Community Outreach
- Community relations and relationship development
- Volunteer recruiting, development, and coordination
- Developing and managing Key Metrics
- Project Manager
- Developing Business Cases
- Training and developing staff
- Working with youth; after school programs or summer camps
- Demonstrated work with parent and community groups
- Developing and executing educational programs
- Teaching experience or worked in a teaching environment
- Leadership role
- Worked with large groups
- Project facilitator/manager
B-25 Bomber to Arrive for Warbird Weekend
16th Annual CAF Event Honors Vintage Aviation
HOUSTON (Feb 19, 2018) - A freshly painted B-25 Mitchell Devil Dog, will arrive in Houston for the 16th annual Warbird Weekend April 14-15 at the West Houston Airport. Ground tours will be available, and rides can be purchased for flights Friday through Sunday, April 15.
Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Houston Wing hosts the event at the CAF Houston Wing museum at the West Houston Airport. The nationally famous PB-1J Devil Dog, replica Japanese aircraft from the world famous Tora Tora Tora squadron, and a return of the Vietnam era CH-46 helicopter from the Military Museum of Texas will be on display. Houston Wing aircraft will be on display and available for rides. We will have several visiting aircraft, including: aircraft appearance subject to weather and availability.
PB-1J (B-25J) Devil Dog is one of the most recognized and famous Mitchell bombers on the airshow circuit. The aircraft has been restored to wartime configuration by an entirely volunteer group of dedicated supporters in Georgetown, Texas. The U.S. Marine Corps used B-25s – designated as “PBJs” - for night heckling, anti-shipping missions or close air support of beachheads and landings. As most of the missions were performed at low altitude, there was not much need for the glass nose/bombardier position. It was replaced with a solid nose and armed with up to 8 x .50 caliber machine guns. Nine PBJ squadrons made it overseas before the war ended in the Pacific. The Devil Dog airplane memorializes the number 3 ship of the VMB 612 squadron which was declared missing on July 27, 1945, off Hachija Jima.
For the past 16 years, Warbird Weekend (formerly called the Open House) has emerged as the most entertaining annual World War II and 1940s theme event in Houston in the spring. It is a can’t-miss experience for anyone who enjoys nostalgia, historic aircraft and military vehicles, antique cars and featuring reenactors from the 6th Cavalry in authentic uniforms with restored ground vehicles and the anti-aircraft gun mount from the Battleship Texas.Local artist Maria Thorne will perform Big Band standards from the 1940s both days. The public also will have an opportunity to meet World War II veterans and the young pilots that fly the planes during the weekend.
Warbird Weekend has become an excellent way to honor the heroes of the Greatest Generation, educate all ages about the World War II experience, and the science of aviation.
Advance tickets are available in advance for $10 per car at www.HoustonWing.org or www.facebook.com/houstonwing.caf and can be purchased for $15 at the gate. Proceeds from the event help fund operation of the CAF Houston Wing museum, as well as restoration and operation operations of their assigned aircraft.
About the Commemorative Air Force
The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Dallas, the organization has more than 12,000 members and has a fleet of more than 170 World War II aircraft.
About the CAF Houston Wing Warbird Museum
The CAF Houston Wing, based in Houston, was founded in 1987. One of most active units of the Commemorative Air Force, the unit maintains and flies five World War II aircraft including the only authentic flying Lockheed C-60A Lodestar, North American AT-6, Vultee BT-13, Naval Air Factory N3N and the Fairchild PT-19. The unit, composed of over 130 volunteers, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.www.houstonwing.org
ANNOUNCEMENT OF SEARCH FOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE
Dallas, March 16, 2018 -The General Staff of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is announcing a national search to identify and recruit candidates for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the organization.
The CAF is a national nonprofit organization headquartered at Dallas Executive Airport. Founded in 1957 and chartered in 1961, the CAF is committed to restore, preserve and exhibit its collection of flying World War II aircraft. Today, it is the world’s largest flying museum with over 170 aircraft representing more than 60 different types. The fleet of historic aircraft, known as the Ghost Squadron, is supported by over 12,000 volunteers organized in unit/locations in 26 states and four foreign countries.
The CAF Ghost Squadron reminds and reinforces the lessons learned from defining moments in American military aviation history. The CAF embraces an education mission, assuring “that generations of Americans will value and support the contributions of military aircraft and aviation in assuring our nation’s freedom”.
More than 12,000 members are the backbone of the CAF; they raise funds; restore, fly and maintain the aircraft; design and deliver education programming; and engage the local community at events, honoring veterans and exciting young people about aviation. These efforts are supported by a staff of 28 and the efforts of volunteer leaders at 85 chartered Unit locations around the United States and in four other countries.
The CAF continues on a growth trajectory, and the organization now seeks a distinguished executive to lead a dynamic, uniquely positioned, volunteer-rich membership organization with a notable education mission and ample opportunities for engagement and service. The new CEO will collaborate with several stakeholders—the General Staff, headquarters team, unit leadership, members, other volunteers and donors—in crafting an updated strategic plan and vision for the organization, and overseeing multiple initiatives already underway.
Competitive candidates for the CEO position will have a college degree and prior experience: leading an enterprise (including strategy, finance, and staff management); serving a significant role in a member driven organization; fundraising; and directing internal and external communications. A background reporting to or serving on a philanthropic board and involvement with a capital campaign are also desired. A passion for aviation is a must.
The CAF has engaged the national Victory Search Group to support the organization on the search for the CEO. Interested individuals with the desired qualifications should send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org .
P-51 Red Nose Photo by: Vijay Mistry
SHUSTER ANNOUNCES END TO EFFORT TO PRIVATIZE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced today that he will no longer pursue his effort to privatize U.S. air traffic control services.
“Although our air traffic control reform provisions did not reach the obvious level of support needed to pass Congress, I intend to work with Senator [John] Thune [Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee] and move forward with a reauthorization bill to provide long-term stability for the FAA,” said Chairman Shuster in a written statement.
For most of 2017, Shuster led an effort to outsource America's air traffic control services to a non-profit organization that would have been disproportionately comprised of airline representatives and organizations allied with the airlines. The U.S. general aviation community was unanimously opposed to the legislation and demonstrated uncommon teamwork and cooperation to rally opposition to the proposal.
ICAS took a forceful, immediate and public position against the legislation and rallied its members and air show fans to express their opposition to elected officials.
"The proposed privatization of ATC services was a bad idea that would have been particularly harmful to air shows and the air show community," said ICAS President John Cudahy. "Working closely with the entire GA community, ICAS and its members helped defeat this ill-considered government giveaway to the airlines. We made a difference and the entire air show business should feel very proud."
International Council of Air Shows, Inc.
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