TSA Newsletter v2n9 – March, 2006

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:05 pm    Post subject: TSA Newsletter v2n9 – March, 2006

2006 Annual Mid-Winter Dinner Recap

March 4, 2006 marked the Fourth Annual Spaatz Association Mid-Winter Dinner. With attendees from across the country, the evening provided entertainment and fellowship for all.

The dinner, held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA, served as the backdrop for the award of the TSA Aerospace Leadership Scholarships. Civil Air Patrol cadets from across the nation competed for these monetary awards designed to bridge the gap between soloing and earning their private pilot’s licenses. Three cadets were chosen from a record number of applicants; two of the cadets attended the dinner and had their scholarships presented by Maj Gen Antonia Pineda, CAP National Commander. Cadets earning this prestigious award for 2006 are Russell T. Ahrens of Delaware Wing, Quinton J. Fenley of Florida Wing, and Nathan P. Kish of Ohio Wing.

Gen Spaatz’ spirit was alive and well at the dinner, with his daughter Carla Spaatz-Thomas, grandson Carl A. Spaatz-Thomas, and granddaughter Katherine Gresham in attendance. Ms. Gresham shared several professional and personal stories about her grandfather, “Daddy Tooey.” Ms. Gresham is researching Gen Spaatz’ life and career at the Library of Congress and shared stories from his personal notes made during his career. With thoughts of a book emerging from her research, we can’t wait to read more about Gen Spaatz in the future.

Attendees were treated to a video introduction to Capt. Nicole Malachowski, USAF. Capt Malachowski, in her first season with the U.S. Air Force “Thunderbirds”, flies the No. 3 jet as the right wing pilot in the diamond formation. While Capt Malachowski was unable to attend in person, she was there in spirit, demonstrating her flying abilities, providing guidance to cadets, and introducing her fellow former California Wing cadet and friend, Capt Kim Campbell, USAF.

Capt Campbell joined the festivities as our keynote speaker. Capt Campbell, also a former CAP and USAFA cadet, shared her heroic experiences in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. An A-10 pilot, Capt Campbell sustained severe damage to her aircraft during one of her missions in Iraq. She shared her CAP, USAF, and combat stories with the attendees, highlighting how each of these experiences has shaped her life. The pictures of her experiences added to the impact of her words.

Maj Gen Pineda, CAP also added words of wisdom, issuing a challenge for TSA members to continue be involved in the cadet program. “It only takes two hours a week,” were his famous words, somehow trying to convince everyone that is how much time he spends on CAP!

TSA president Steve Austen and TSA members Curt LaFond and Matt Johnson did an outstanding job of planning, organizing, and executing the event. This year marked the initiation of online registration, with more than 50% of registrations being made online.

With another successful evening behind us, TSA is already looking forward to our next event—the Annual Meeting in Reno in August. Make plans to join us there! – Lt. Col. Noelle Sublett, TSA Board Member/Program Coordinator.

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