AFA's #70for70 Social Media Campaign
In celebration of the Air Force’s 70th Birthday, AFA has been highlighting individuals who have made significant contributions to the Air Force and aerospace industry through our #70for70 social media campaign, generously sponsored by Harris Corp.
Throughout August, AFA highlighted several outstanding individuals who continue to break barriers through heritage, teamwork and innovation in our Air Force. First, AFA recognized Mrs. Tonya Wright, wife of Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright. Mrs. Wright is committed to ensuring our Air Force families are always taken care of.
AFA also recognized MSgt Ivan Ruiz, a pararescueman who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism for his courageous acts in combat against enemy forces in Afghanistan in 2013.
Cadet Garrett Andrews is a member of Arnold Air Society and will commission as an officer through Air Force ROTC in March 2017. Andrews was the 2017 recipient of the Henry “Hap” Arnold Sabre, an award presented to Arnold Air Society’s most outstanding Area Commander. All members of Arnold Air Society are members of AFA, learn more about the organization, here.
Col Al Tucker, a World War II pilot and surviving prisoner of war, was honored for his heroism, courage and resilience during challenging times.
Molly Mae Potter, a former Air Force Captain, an AFA Emerging Leader Program participant and the 2016 Ms. Veteran America, was highlighted for her unwavering mission and commitment to supporting female veterans.
Maj Gen (Ret.) Claude Bolton was a pilot and acquisitions officer by trade and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and was a 2016 recipient of the AFA Lifetime Achievement Award. Maj Gen Bolton was honored for his innovative spirit in the field of acquisitions during wartime.
An Air Force F-16 pilot, Heather Penney was honored for her bravery on September 11, 2001. Penney was ordered to fly a ramming mission on 9/11 in order to prevent an attack on Washington, D.C. and was prepared to complete the mission in order to protect her nation. Penney will also join AFA at Air, Space & Cyber Conference on the “Breaking the Gender Barrier” Panel.
An original “Rosie the Riveter,” Elinor Otto, retired at 95 years old after a successful career manufacturing airplane parts. Otto is a Spirit of ’45 spokeswoman and has been promoting awareness of the role women played during World War II. Otto was also selected as one of the 2017 AFA Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. See all of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients here.
View all of the #70for70 recipients honored throughout 2017 so far, here. Follow along with AFA on social media @AirForceAssoc to view the remaining recipients through Air, Space & Cyber Conference held September 18-20, 2017.