CAF Establishes Member Hall of Fame
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has announced the establishment of the CAF Member Hall of Fame. In 2010, the CAF will begin the process of recognizing the men and women who have dedicated themselves to honoring American military aviation by working to secure the future of the organization.
“We want to recognize those individuals responsible for setting the course that the Commemorative Air Force has taken,” said CAF President Stephan Brown. “The CAF has grown over the years from a small band of pilots to a group of over 8,500 members from all walks of life. While we still have a great number of pilots in our ranks, the CAF now encompasses people of all different passions and interests.”
Each year the CAF will be taking a step back to honor two members posthumously and two living members who continue to support the organization. As an exception, in the 2010 inaugural year the CAF will be honoring six individuals who exemplify the mission of the organization. The 2010 inductees are CAF Colonels Lloyd P. Nolen (posthumous), Marvin L. “Lefty” Gardner (posthumous), Victor N. “Vic” Agather (posthumous), Ollie R. Crawford, Van Skiles and Bill Godwin. Each of these six men have been critical to the success of the Commemorative Air Force.
Hall of Fame candidates must be current Colonels or Life members with continuous membership for a minimum of 20 years. These individuals may have served the CAF as a paid staff, General Staff, unit officer, unit member or member-at-large. The CAF will be honoring Hall of Fame inductees each year at its annual Wing Staff Conference usually held in March.
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Country music superstar Aaron Tippin and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) are joining forces to honor American military aviation and to remind Americans of the men and women of the armed services who have sacrificed for our freedoms. Tippin will dedicate his time and talents as the 2010 CAF celebrity spokesperson; his involvement will include special appearances at various Commemorative Air Force events across the country, filming and recording a number of public service announcements. A potential cross-country tour in conjunction with CAF exhibitions is in the works.
“I am very excited about working with the CAF,” Tippin states. “As a son of a pilot, a pilot myself and patriot, the mission of the organization is especially important to me: acknowledging the history of this great nation and the service men and women who make our freedoms possible is stellar and I’m happy to champion the organization’s efforts.”
An airman himself, Aaron soloed his first flight on his 16th birthday. He became a commercial multi-engine instrument-rated pilot by the age of 18 and is also helicopter-qualified. A certified aircraft and power plant mechanic, he owns a 1941 Stearman, a 1946 J3 Cub, and 1959 Helio Curior, all in flying condition.