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Memorial Service Held for Brig Gen Jerry Dalton...

A service to celebrate the life of Brig General H. J. “Jerry” Dalton, who passed away last year, was held Saturday, October 30th, at the Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church in Richardson, Texas. General Dalton was an active member at Canyon Creek for 40 years.

The service and accompanying slide show was recorded and can be viewed here. The story below the video contains links to more information about the passing of this PA legend.

PA Legend Brig General Jerry Dalton Passes Away...

Brigadier General H.J. "Jerry" Dalton passed away on Sunday, November 1st, 2020. He was 93.

General Dalton was the first career Public Affairs Officer to attain the rank of Brigadier General and become SAF/PA Director.
Gen Jerry Dalton
A San Antonio, Texas, native, he had a 30-year Air Force career that began as a distinguished military graduate of the AFROTC program at the University of Texas in Austin. In retirement he continued to excel, holding senior aerospace industry public relations positions. He was president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in 1990 and the founding PRSA Foundation president in 1991.

In 1974, the Aviation/Space Writers Association named him the outstanding public information officer in the military, and in 2007 PRSA presented him its highest honor, the PRSA Gold Anvil Award, in recognition of his lifetime of service advancing the practice of public relations. In July 2019, SAF/PA and AFPAAA joined together to honor him when the SAF/PA conference room was named the “Brigadier General H.J. Dalton, Jr. Conference Room”.

The Chairman of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association, Jay DeFrank, issued the following statement on behalf of the association’s Board of Directors:

“Brigadier General Dalton was more than a legend in Air Force Public Affairs. He was an inspiration, a mentor, and an incredible leader respected and beloved by those of us lucky enough to work with him and know him. His enormous legacy lives on to this day, and will endure in how he structured and shaped Air Force Public Affairs to be a major positive force in helping the Air Force accomplish its mission in the challenging decades since he led our field. He will be warmly remembered for his immense knowledge and competence matched by his great good humor and how clearly he so deeply cared about those of us in our career field.

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go out to the Dalton family during this very difficult time.”

Read General Dalton's Oral History here.

Go to his Hall of Fame page.

Read his Official Biography here.

Read his obituary in the Dallas Morning News here.

Four AFPAAA Members Receive Diverse Honors and Awards...

Mark Foutch

It was not a coincidence that July 29th was his 80th birthday and Mark Foutch Day in Olympia, Washington.

The Olympia City Council picked that date to honor Mark, an AFPAAA Lifetime Founder, for 35 years of service to the area as a community activist, neighborhood association president, member of the City Council, and the mayor of Olympia, as well as other civic activities.

Mark fell in love with Olympia while assigned to McChord AFB’s 25th Air Division in 1971-72. When he retired from the Air Force in 1985 he settled there. He joined his neighborhood association and had the opportunity to observe and interact with the City Council.

In 1991 he ran for the council and began his 16 year council membership, which included ten years as the council appointed Mayor Pro Tem and a four-year term as elected mayor.

Mark said that everything he was involved with during the 35 years was important but being Board President for the Association of Washington Cities while he was mayor was particularly significant.

“It added the opportunity for even more interaction and influence with state officials than being the capital city’s mayor and carried into my work with the National League of Cities, especially at the annual meetings in Washington, D.C., where we met with our senators and representatives to lobby on city issues,” Mark said.

As mayor he made ‘sister city’ trips to Japan and a Washington state trade mission to China and Hong Kong. His military career made him a logical choice to be Olympia’s liaison with Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

“My wife, Janet Charles, thoroughly enjoyed being Olympia’s First Lady,” Mark recalled. “She went with me to as many as five events in a day in town, at JBLM, and meetings around the state and nation, as well as on overseas trips --none at taxpayer expense.”

Reflecting on a lengthy civic career that far exceeded his time in the Air Force, Mark observed. “The pay was nothing much but the ‘psychic income’ was terrific, and the IRS hasn’t figured out how to tax that yet.”

Bob McCullough

AFPAAA Life Member Bob McCullough has been elected to the Public Relations Society of America’s prestigious College of Fellows.

The College of Fellows is an honorary organization of PRSA. Bob and the twelve others elected for 2021 are among 350 Fellows within the 30,000 member PRSA. Selection as a Fellow recognizes an individual’s contribution in extraordinary ways to the advancement of the communications profession through proven accomplishment, leadership, and mentoring expertise.

An accredited member, Bob joined PRSA in 1983 and is a past president of PRSA’s San Antonio Chapter and the Texas Public Relations Association. His honors include three awards in the PRSA Silver Anvil competition and the Tex Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bob had a 30 year active duty and reserve career in Public Affairs. His assignments included AIRMAN magazine and mobilization assistant to the Air Force News Agency’s commander. He retired in 2002 as a colonel.

In 2010, he joined the unique Morgan’s Wonderland theme park in San Antonio, Texas. He is now communications director for Morgan’s Inspiration Initiative, a non-profit that coordinates planning, fundraising and communications for Morgan’s Wonderland and related ventures designed for the special-needs community and built for everyone’s enjoyment.

Before that Bob headed public relations for SeaWorld San Antonio and corporate communications for CPS Energy, greater San Antonio’s electricity and natural gas provider.

Ron Rand

“I’m humbled by this amazing hometown recognition and honored to be included with such distinguished generals. Hopefully, this bridge and park will inspire young Quincy men and women – today and tomorrow – to choose paths in life that include military service,” said AFPAAA Life Member Ron Rand.

He was among 18 general officers raised in the City of Quincy, Massachusetts enshrined in its new Generals Bridge and Park September 11.

The park in downtown Quincy has statues of its three highest ranking generals – Army Chief of Staff General James C. McConville, retired Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and retired General Gordon Sullivan, an Army chief of staff.

Ron has one of four busts in the park’s plaza. The other busts are of Massachusetts National Guard Major Generals Francis McGinn (Army) and Stephen Keefe (Air Force), and Air Force Major General Charles Sweeney, who piloted the B-29 in WW II that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

McConville, Dunford, McGinn, Sullivan, and Ron delivered remarks at the ceremony.

The names of the eleven other generals, dating back to the 1700s, including John Hancock, are engraved in the park’s commemorative stonework. The seven-foot bronze statues and the busts are by world-renowned sculptor Sergey Elanbekov.

Ron had a 32 year career in uniform, retiring as Director of Public Affairs. He became Pratt & Whitney’s vice president for communications and then senior vice president for communications of Lockheed Martin. He was the president and chief executive officer of The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation from 2014-2018 when he retired.

John Terino

John Terino has been selected by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association of America (ICSA) for its 2021 Outstanding Service by a Volunteer Award.

The ICSA is the governing authority for all sailing competition by 200 colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada.

The Outstanding Service by a Volunteer Award honors an individual who has volunteered their time, talent and resources to advance the interests of college sailing at the club, team, conference or national level.

He received the award for his work in behalf of his alma mater Fordham University’s sailing team. Shortly after the Fordham University Sailing Association was formed 20 years ago John, an AFPAAA Lifetime Founder, became secretary of its board of governors, a post he still holds.

He is responsible for the Association’s directory – keeping track of its more than 300 Fordham sailing alumni and benefactors that support the team. The directory is a vital tool in recruiting high school sailors and fund raising to help maintain the boats and equipment, and for travel and other team expenses.

As an undergraduate, he was commodore of the team in 1959-61 and a two-time letter recipient.

John’s name, as well as those of the 2021 College Sailors of the Year and this year’s other ICSA award recipients, will be added to those already in sailing’s hall of fame.

The ICSA College Sailing Hall of Fame was established in 1969 and is in the Robert Crown Sailing Center at the United States Naval Academy.

Best of the Best!
2020 Public Affairs Awards Winners Announced...

SAF/PA Director Brigadier General Pat Ryder has announced the winners of the 2020 Air Force Public Affairs Awards for Communication Excellence, including the winner of the Brigadier General James W. Hart, Jr. Best of the Best Award, sponsored by the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association. AFPAAA joins General Ryder in congratulating the winners of these prestigious awards.

A1C Rebeckah Medeiros from Kadena AB, Japan, was the "Best of the Best" in 2020. She was recognized as the outstanding enlisted, officer, or civilian member who best demonstrated professional excellence and contributed significantly to the effectiveness of the Department of the Air Force public affairs mission. In honor of her achievement, AFPAAA will present A1C Medeiros with the Brigadier General James W. Hart, Jr. Best of the Best Award trophy, a $1,000 check, and a lifetime membership in the association.

Since her selection as "Best of the Best" was announced, she was promoted to Senior Airman and is now stationed at Moody AFB, Georgia. See the story from the July edition of News and Notes below to learn more about her many impressive accomplishments.

In addition to recognizing A1C Medeiros as the "Best of the Best", General Ryder announced the individual and team winners of the 2020 awards. Military winners of individual awards are eligible for the Air Force Recognition Ribbon, and civilians are eligible for the Air Force Recognition lapel pin.

The individual award winners are:

Outstanding Communication Airman: A1C Rebeckah Medeiros, 18th Wing Public Affairs, Kadena AB, Japan.

Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Frost Outstanding Communication Noncommissioned Officer: TSgt Kristin High, 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea.

Outstanding Communication Senior Noncommissioned Officer: MSgt Jeffrey Curtin, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Airman 1st Class Darryl G. Winters Award for Combat Communication: MSgt Gregory Brook, 4th Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

Capt. Bradley R. Schuldt Outstanding Communication Company Grade Officer: Capt Amanda Farr, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.

Outstanding Communication Field Grade Officer: Lt Col William Powell, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany.

Outstanding Communication Civilian Category I: Ms. Bridget Donovan, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Outstanding Communication Civilian Category II: Ms. Kelly Sanders, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany.

Outstanding Communication Civilian Category III: Ms. Katherine (Renee) Tyron, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

The team award winners are:

Brig Gen Harry J. Dalton, Jr. Award for the most effective unit-level communication program: 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany.

Maj Henry H. "Hap" Arnold Award for Public Affairs Communication Effectiveness: HQ U.S. Space Force Public Affairs, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Best Crisis Communication: 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.

Best Innovation: 90th Missile Wing, FE Warren AFB, Wyo.

Senior Airman Rebeckah Medeiros
Garners Public Affairs "Best of the Best"
For 2020 In First Enlistment...

Senior Airman Rebeckah T. Medeiros is quite unique. She went from a basic training enlistee in August 2018 to become the first Airman 1st Class to received the Brigadier General James W. Hart, Jr. Best of the Best Award as the tops in Air Force Public Affairs in 2020.

Airman Medeiros earned the honor while she was a broadcast journalist for the 18th Wing Public Affairs office, Kadena Air Base, Japan.

A1C Rebeckah Medeiros
"Best of the Best"
Senior Airman
Rebeckah Medeiros

But she did much more than that title says.

In her brief time with the 18th Wing she has been a teacher, an equipment manager, and a cost saver, as well a flight qualified videographer and photographer.

Included among the many accomplishments that earned her the Best of the Best award, Airman Medeiros strengthened bilateral relationships when she mentored Japanese university students in the first virtual language exchange at Kadena.

She taught 891 first term airmen in 42 classes about Air Force Social Media policy and the importance of not violating operations security.

In 20 AFSC merger broadcast training sessions she ensured that seven NCOs were fully mission qualified.

She revamped management of $1.5M in resources by identifying and fixing gaps to increase the unit’s ability to dominate the information battlespace.

Her work in overhauling the TV studio by realigning equipment and expanding strategic messaging options saved $30K.

The airman was responsible for a major Covid-19 communications effort that reached 72,000 personnel through 16 educational videos featuring experts, mitigation techniques, and wellness strategies.

Her documentation of the command’s bilateral Combat Search and Rescue mission capabilities reached 488 thousand people, and one of her images was an Airman Magazine’s photo of the week.

During 2020 she was named a Special Operations Command Pacific Superior Performer for her photo and video imagery that projected lethality and generated credible deterrence.

Presentation of the Best of the Best Award to Airman Medeiros was made on April 9th by Brigadier General Joel L. Carey, Commander of the 18th Wing at Kadena.

She has been reassigned since then and began her new assignment in May with the 23rd Wing Public Affairs Office at Moody AFB, Georgia.

With a father who spent 13 years in the Marine Corps and retired as an Army chief warrant officer after 13 years, plus a sister who spent four years in the Navy, it is not surprising that Airman Medeiros is in the military.

She was born in Apple Valley, California, and lived throughout the United States during her father’s career.

After graduating from James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, she attended the University of Alabama for a year then “decided it was finally time to join the military after thinking about it for years”.

Each year SAF/PA selects the individual who will receive AFPAAA’s Best of the Best Award which recognizes the top officer, civilian, or enlisted person in Air Force Public Affairs for professional excellence and significant contributions to the effectiveness of the Air Force mission.

Funding for the award is provided by Lockheed Martin Corporation. In addition to the trophy, each recipient receives a $1,000 check and a Life Membership in AFPAAA.

For information on all of the winners of the 2020 Air Force Public Affairs Awards for Communications Excellence, go here.

Major General Mark Rosenker Burial Services
Held at Arlington National Cemetery...

A leader, a mentor, and a friend for so many in the PA and AFPAAA family, Major General Mark Rosenker was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on April 21st.

Maj Gen Rosenker was an IMA to the director of SAF/PA, ran the White House Military Office for President George W. Bush, and served as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Mark Rosenker Official Photo
Mark Rosenker Burial Services

AFPAAA representatives in attendance at the services included AFPAAA Board Chairman, Jay DeFrank, Lou Timmons, Marty Hauser, and Brig Gen (ret) Tim White. SAF/PA Director Brig Gen Pat Ryder, Brig Gen Robert Palmer, and Mr Jerry Renne - all AFPAAA members - represented SAF/PA.

For those who were unable to attend the Arlington services, a video recording of the services is available below.

You can read more about Maj Gen Rosenker's distinguished career on pages six and seven of the January 2021 issue of News and Notes here, and in his obituary in the Washington Post here. His official Air Force biography can be found here.

Memorial contributions in Maj Gen Rosenker’s name can be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, or to TAPS - The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

Air Force Association Honors
Air Force Magazine Editor John Correll...

The Air Force Association and the family of John T. Correll held a virtual service on May 25th to celebrate and remember John's life, career, and airpower advocacy.

John joined Air Force Magazine after retiring from the Air Force and soon was promoted to become Editor in Chief. Over the next 18 years, he raised the profile and quality of the magazine, emphasizing its role in explaining and celebrating air and space power. He envisioned the think tank that eventually grew into the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Following retirement, he continued to be a contributor and trusted advisor for three successive editors who followed in his footsteps.

Air Force and AFA leaders, past and present, and some of John's colleagues and friends, came together to share their thoughts on the passing of a great mind—and one man's fierce dedication to national security.

You can view a recording of the service here.

To learn more about John's distinguished career go here.