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Pinup SAF/PA Honors Retired Brig. Gen. Jerry Dalton
(July 15, 2019) -- The Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs (SAF/PA) conference room was named the Brigadier General H.J. Dalton Jr. Conference Room July 11 in a ceremony presided over by SAF/PA Director Brig. Gen. Ed Thomas. Dalton, 92, was the first career public affairs officer to serve as Air Force Director of Public Affairs.

Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association (AFPAAA) members were on hand with SAF/PA staff at the Pentagon to witness the event, which was viewed by Dalton, his family members, and friends in Allen, Texas, via video teleconference. During the ceremony, Thomas unveiled a plaque - one of two -- to be hung in the conference room. A third plaque will take its place near the E-Ring entrance door to the room. It reads: "Brigadier General H.J. Dalton Jr. Conference Room."

Provided by AFPAAA, one plaque containes Dalton's biography and the other his photo with this tribute:
"The first career public affairs officer to attain the rank of brigadier general and become Air Force Director of Public Affairs, Brig. Gen. H.J. "Jerry" Dalton Jr. was a legend in public affairs. He served in that position from December 17, 1975, until he retired on August 1, 1980.

"General Dalton was a true professional, inspirational leader, visionary and role model to countless public affairs men and women, including officers, enlisted and civilians.

"The Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association and the entire Air Force public affairs community are proud to salute this great American by having this conference room named in his honor."
The idea to name the SAF/PA conference room in Dalton's honor was proposed by the AFPAAA Board of Directors and embraced by SAF/PA. Dalton, a San Antonio, Texas, native had a 30-year career that began as a distinguished military graduate of the AFROTC program at the University of Texas in Austin. After retirement from the Air Force, he held senior level public relations positions in the aerospace industry. In 1990, Dalton served as the President of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the founding PRSA Foundation President in 1991. He received PRSA's Gold Anvil Award in 2007.

SAF/PA Director BGen Ed Thomas officiates
with BGen Jerry Dalton, (ret) and family looking on
from Allen, Texas via teleconference link.

Pinup USAF PA Communication Excellence Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Air Force Public Affairs Communication Excellence Awards!

Individual Awards for Communication Excellence

Outstanding Communication Airman: SrA Benjamin N. Valmoja, 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs, Laughlin AFB, Texas.

Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Frost Outstanding Communication Noncommissioned Officer: TSgt Jeffrey P. Curtin, 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Outstanding Communication Senior Noncommissioned Officer: MSgt David A. Salanitri, Headquarters Air Force Space Command Public Affairs, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Airman 1st Class Darryl G. Winters Award for Combat Communication: SSgt Nicholas M. Byers, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

Capt. Bradley R. Schuldt Outstanding Communication Company Grade Officer: Capt. Carrie J. Volpe, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs, Pentagon, Va.

Outstanding Communication Field Grade Officer: Maj. Phillip W. Ventura, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs, Hickam AFB, Hawaii

Outstanding Communication Civilian Cat I: Ms. Dawne Nickerson-Banez, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, Del.

Outstanding Communication Civilian Cat II: Ms. Auburn N. Davis, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Public Affairs, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Outstanding Communication Civilian Cat III: Ms. Rose M. Riley, Headquarters Air Mobility Command Public Affairs, Scott AFB, Ill.

Best of the Best: MSgt David A. Salanitri, Headquarters Air Force Space Command Public Affairs, Peterson AFB, Colo., is recognized as the outstanding officer, enlisted or civilian member who best demonstrated professional excellence and contributed significantly to the effectiveness of the Air Force public affairs mission. This award is sponsored by the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association.

The Air Force Public Affairs Directors Excellence Award team winners:

Brig Gen Harry J. Dalton, Jr., Award for the most effective unit-level communication program: 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Osan Air Base, Korea. Small Team Members: Capt Carrie J. Volpe, 1Lt Jacqueline M. Jastrzebski, TSgt Tinese R. Jackson, TSgt Benjamin Wiseman, SSgt Rachel M. Maxwell, SSgt Benjamin A. Raughton, SrA Ashley Adkins, SrA Timothy D. Dischinat, SrA Kelsey L. Tucker, A1C Ilyana A. Escalona

Maj Henry H. "Hap" Arnold Award for Public Affairs Communication Effectiveness: 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, Hurlburt Field, Fla. Small Team Members: Lt Col Michael F. Wendelken, Capt Katrina J. Cheesman, Capt Amanda M. Farr, Capt Nichole L. Ferrara, Capt Keavy L. Rake, Capt Kyle B. Whittier, 1Lt Jaclyn N. Pienkowski, SSgt Ryan P. Conroy, SSgt Benjamin A. Landon, Ms. Denise M. Burnham.

Best Crisis Communication: U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs, USAFA, Colo. Small Team Members: Lt Col Timothy A. Herritage, Capt Matthew I. Chism, MSgt Julius V. Delos Reyes, TSgt Tabitha M. Lee, TSgt Michael F. Slater, SSgt Charles V. Rivezzo , Mr. Meade C. Warthen.

Best Innovation: 24th Air Force Public Affairs, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Small Team Members: Capt Lauren M. Woods, TSgt Robert J. Biermann, Mr. Trevor J. Tiernan, Ms. Jessica A. Turner.

Congratulations to all our nominees and winners! It's an honor to serve with you and recognize the hard work accomplished and the excellence achieved every day by PA professionals across our Air Force. I also commend and thank the supervisors and commanders who support, encourage and recognize these exceptional Airmen.

EDWARD W. THOMAS, JR., Brig Gen, USAF Director, Air Force Public Affairs

Pinup Centurion Fund Aids Endowment
A few years ago the AFPAAA Board of Directors challenged a committee made up of C. B. Kelly and our late friends Charlie Powers and John Gulick to develop a way to promote more awareness of and add to the coffers of AFPAAA's Endowment Fund.

Thus, the Centurions were born.

To become a Centurion members simply donate $100 to the AFPAAA Endowment Fund. In return, at the next annual meeting, one Centurion donor's name will be drawn and he or she will receive a full refund of their annual meeting registration fee. (The refund can be applied to the current or next annual meeting.)

It is hoped that the public drawing and attendent publicity will attract further contributions. If even half of each meeting's attendees join the Centurions, the program would earn about $5000 per annual meeting, a substantial addition to the foundation.

For Annual Meeting reservation and registration details go to Annual Meeting

To make a Centurion donation: Send your check for $100.00 (payable to Endowment Fund) to: AFPAAA Centurions, Attn: Treasurer, P.O. Box 447, Locust Grove, VA 22508-0447. Be sure to clearly mark your check "Centurion"

Pinup Annual Meeting Site Selection - How to suggest a site
At the 2002 annual meeting, the membership approved a policy that - effective in 2005 - annual AFPAAA conference sites will be suggested and awarded on a bid basis. Any member interested in hosting an annual conference should download the Annual Conference Application Instructions and complete the Annual Conference Application form.

Instructions and an Application can be downloaded as PDF files HERE.

Any questions or concerns about the process should be sent to:
Annual Meeting Committee



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