Here are some quick updates on association developments. Click or tap on a headline to go to the story.
If you're planning to attend the burial services for Major General Mark Rosenker, scheduled for April 21 at 1:00PM Eastern time, please be aware that Arlington Cemetery officials are limiting attendance to not more than 100 people due to Covid-19.
To attend in person, please make a reservation as soon as possible by emailing email@example.com.
Even if you have contacted Mark's wife, Heather, directly, please send an email to the funeral home at the address in the link above to reserve your place.
If you are unable to attend in person, you can still join the services virtually. They will be live streamed beginning at 1:00PM, as well as archived to view in the following days.
To watch the live stream, click or tap on this YouTube address about 5 minutes before the service begins:
Heather has invited all AFPAAA members to join her in this celebration of Mark's life. You can read more about Mark's distinguished career in the January 2021 issue of News and Notes here, and in his obituary in the Washington Post here.
Memorial contributions in Mark’s name can be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, or to TAPS - The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brigadier General H.J. "Jerry" Dalton passed away on Sunday, November 1st. He was 93.
General Dalton was the first career Public Affairs Officer to attain the rank of Brigadier General and become SAF/PA Director.
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.”
A celebration of life service in Dallas will be planned at a future date.
Read General Dalton's Oral History here.
Read his Official Biography here.
Read his obituary in the Dallas Morning News here.