April-June, 2015

Emerald Coast Guardian, Eglin AFA

President's Notes

Where is the time going?  As the last couple of days of June wind down, I reflect on how busy we have been as a Chapter and look forward to continuing the great efforts in the second half of 2015!  In the last few months, your Eglin Chapter hit a grand slam home run with our support of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports Training Camp.  You can read more about it in this newsletter, but our Vice President, Candace Lovell, rallied the community to support this noble and rewarding endeavor.  The support was simply amazing and my only regret was that I was out of the country and did not get to participate in this inspirational event.   Amy Gold, our VP for Communications, deserves continued kudos for our quarterly newsletter, our Chapter Website ( and our Facebook page, not to mention the frequent mention in National AFA publications. 
May tends to be a busy month for us and this year was no exception.  I attended the annual EOD Memorial Service on behalf of the Chapter, and participated in the Beale Cemetery Memorial Day event, organized by one of our loyal community partners, Tom Rice.  Our Treasurer, Steve Czonstka, participated in the Doolittle Cemetery event in Valparaiso on Memorial Day as well.  We also hosted our annual Academic Awards night in May, funded in part by our annual Doolittle Scholarship Open Golf Tournament, but a resounding success in no small part due to our generous benefactors.  Some of the Chapter officers also participated in the Eglin Civil Air Patrol (CAP) annual awards banquet, and it always provides a fresh dose of optimism for me to see the dedicated cadets and the commitment they have to CAP and our nation. 

We rescheduled Maj Gen (ret) Kostelnick’s presentation on "Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) on Leading Edge in Homeland Security,” for July 29 at the Bayview Club (formerly the Officer’s Club) at Eglin AFB.  Please attend and spend some time with your fellow Eglin Chapter members.  

As you can see from the cover sheet, we are still short of a few Vice Presidents on our Executive Council. We will also be holding an election for the elected officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) before Oct 1.  Look for details in the next issue of this newsletter!
Please email us at if you are interested in helping out as an appointed Vice President, elected officer, or just a volunteer to help on one of our many projects.  We need new ideas and more volunteers.  I hope to see you at one of the upcoming Chapter events.   Fly, Fight, Win!

At your service,
Eddie McAllister

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Eglin AFA Educational Recognition Event Awards 15 Area Seniors
On Thursday, May 14, 2015, 13 seniors from Choctaw High School, Walton High School, Niceville High School, Ft. Walton Beach High School, Embry Riddle University Worldwide, Okaloosa Aerospace Academy and two students from Northwest Florida College were awarded over $20,000 in scholarships at the Air Force Armament Museum by Eglin AFA and their generous benefactors. The Fort Walton Beach High School JROTC provided the Honor Guard to begin the ceremony. To everyone’s delight, CMSgt Washington opened with the singing of the National Anthem and Bob Patterson delivered the Invocation. 

The student honorees were accompanied by their parents and members of the surrounding communities came out in force to support their achievements. Eglin AFA President Eddie McAllister emceed the event. Maj Gen Mike Kostelnik, Chairman of the Aerospace Education Foundation along with guest speaker CMSgt USAF Retired Roy Taylor presented the certificates and Doolittle coins to the recipients. Also in attendance were members of Team Eglin: Commander, 96th Test Wing, Brig Gen Dave Harris, and Deputy Director, Armament Directorate, Col Ken Echternacht. ROTC and JROTC instructors were there to support their scholarship winners. From Choctaw High School, Maj Scott Bates and CMSgt Reginald Washington; Fort Walton Beach High School, Lt Col Philip Trexler and CMSgt Jacquelin Houston; Niceville High School, Lt Col Charles Farmer; Walton High School, Lt Col Alan Gardner; Embry Riddle University Worldwide, Okaloosa Aerospace Academy, Melanie Stone. The Eglin AFA Executive Board and Aerospace Education Foundation, scholarship sponsors, Janet Greeno, Executive Director, The St Joe Community Foundation, Inc., Bert Daiberl, Daiberl Family Holdings and his son Stefan, Dr. Paul Hsu and his wife Maggie, the Holley Family represented by their nephew, Nathan, and his friend, Michael Burlas, and Nancy Madaris, the daughter of Jerry Nabors.
Representing US Congressman Jeff Miller, Florida’s 1st District was Helen Hunt Rigdon. Okaloosa County School District representation was led by Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson and Principal of Choctawhatchee HS, Cindy Gates. And, the Executive Director of the Air Force Armament Museum Foundation, Mr. Paul Maryeski attended, as well.

The guest speaker was CMSgt (Retired) Roy Taylor, former Senior Aerospace Sciences Instructor of the Florida 33rd AF Junior ROTC at Niceville High School, Para Rescuer and recipient of the Silver Star.

The Eglin Chapter’s Aerospace Education Foundation, chaired by Major General Mike Kostelnik, is now in its 44th year, and has provided over $1 million in scholarships, as well as support with trophies for various math and science competitions in the county and the efforts of our local Civil Air Patrol Squadron.

This year’s recipients were, Allen Lane, Nick VanEycken, Kaitlynn Morton, Taylor Maderazo, Jordan Pearson, Teddy Vaughen, Makeala Pollock, Jackson March, Haley Woods, Dalton Jens, Linda Hoyes, Holden Smith and Stirling Naber.
The 2015 Eglin Chapter Teacher of the Year was awarded to Mr. Mike Cloyd, Okaloosa Aerospace Academy Adjunct Faculty Member teaching Aviation Science and History of Aviation in America at Choctawhatchee High School. This award is given, in the spirit of Christa McAuliffe for demonstrated excellence in education and in recognition of sustained & outstanding performance as an educator and unequalled dedication to ensuring that America’s students are prepared for future aerospace technology challenges.  

Guest Speaker: CMSgt Roy Taylor, USAF Retired

Eglin AFA Benefactors (L to R): Eddie McAllister, President of Eglin AFA, Dr. Paul Hsu, Stefan Daible, Bert Daible, Janet Greeno, Maj Gen Mike Kostelnik, Eglin Chapter AFA, Chairman of the Aerospace Education Foundation, and Maggie Hsu

Scholarship Recipients (L to R): Allen Lane, Nick VanEycken, Kaitlynn Morton, Brig Gen David Harris, 96 TW/CC, Taylor Maderazo, Jordan Pearson, General Kostelnik, CMSgt Roy Taylor, Teddy Vaughen, Makeala Pollock, Jackson March, Haley Woods, Dalton Jens, Linda Hoyes, and Holden Smith

CAP Awards Recognition Night and Change of Command
Approximately 70 Civil Air Patrol members and guests attended the 2015 Eglin Composite Squadron Awards Dinner at Shalimar United Methodist Church.  Retired Air Force General Charles Horner was the guest speaker.
Awards presented included the induction of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Connor Davis into the Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society. Cadet Davis scored 90% or better on both the aerospace and leadership tests on three consecutive cadet achievements. Cadet Connor further earned 90% or better on three additional achievements to become a Distinguished Member of the Florida Wing Cadet Honor Society.

Also recognized were cadets and senior members participating in the Cyber Patriot Competition: Cadet 1st Lieutenant Stirling Naber, Cadet 2nd Lieutenants Brittany Fager and James Taylor, Cadet Chief Master Sergeants Connor Davis and Ryan Pope, Cadet Airman 1st Class Joseph Wright and Cadet Airman Salvatore Riccio. Leading the teams were Senior Member Julie Fager, 2nd Lieutenant Nicholas Gray, Mr. Kevin Dennis, and Air Force 1st Lieutenant Matt Hodde.

Cadet 1st Lt. Sterling Naber was selected as the Air Force Association Cadet of the Year. He was also the recipient of a $1000 AFA college scholarship. Cadet CMSgt Ryan Pope was selected as the Air Force Sergeants Association  Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. The Veterans of Foreign Wars awarded Cadet Officer of the Year to Cadet 2Lt. James Taylor and Cadet NCO of the Year to Cadet CMSgt Connor Davis.

Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Ethan Gunn was presented with the General Billy Mitchell Award by Gen. Horner.  The Mitchell Award is a major cadet program milestone award.  The Cadet Program is divided into sixteen achievements, involving study and performance in the five program areas. Upon completion of each achievement, the cadet earns increased responsibility, decorations, awards, eligibility to apply for national special activities, and opportunities for both flight and academic scholarships. The General Billy Mitchell Award is earned after the completion of the first eight achievements of the cadet program. Once a cadet earns the General Billy Mitchell Award, he or she is promoted to the grade of Cadet 2d Lieutenant. Any cadet who has received this award, and who later enters CAP’s Senior Member program, is eligible for immediate promotion to CAP 2d Lieutenant at age 21. Cadets who receive the General Billy Mitchell Award are also eligible for advanced placement to the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enter the US Air Force. They are also eligible for advanced credit in AFROTC, various CAP scholarships, and CAP special activity opportunities.
The awards portion of the dinner concluded with a change of command ceremony as Major Pamela Becker relinquished command to Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Rousseau.  Under Major Becker’s command, the squadron grew its emergency services capabilities on the ground and in the air.
The squadron also earned the prestigious Quality Cadet Unit Award for 2013-2014. To qualify for the award, 40% of a unit’s cadets must have completed at least the second cadet achievement and earned the Wright Brothers Award and 50% of the cadets must have completed an encampment. The unit must have earned the Aerospace Excellence Award in the previous year and have participated in the CyberPatriot program.
Incoming commander, Lt. Col. Christopher Rousseau, is an 11-year member of Civil Air Patrol. He has been awarded the Gill Robb Wilson Award, CAP’s highest award for senior member professional development. It recognizes senior members who have dedicated themselves to leadership and personal development in the CAP. The award honors the late aviation writer Gill Robb Wilson who is regarded as the founder of Civil Air Patrol and served as the organization’s first executive officer.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit volunteer organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for the past 73 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.

From L-R:  C/2dLt Brittany E Fager, C/A1C Tia Denise Coppersmith, C/SrA Abigail L M Thomasos, C/2dLt Ethan L Gunn, C/MSgt Kyle M Hogan, and C/CMSgt Connor E Davis.

Niceville/Fort Walton Beach Community Surround the Eglin AFB Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports Camp with Support!
Eglin Air Force Base was the proud host for the 2015 Air Force Wounded Warrior Introductory Sports Camp & the Air Force Warrior Games Training Camp held Monday, April 13 - Wednesday, April 22.
The intent of the camps is to allow wounded warriors to participate in new social settings, on a team, and as mentors, airmen learn skills they can take back home and adapt to their needs. Warriors used weights and straps for balance in discus and shot put, and some with use of their legs learned to play seated volleyball and wheelchair basketball. Along with swimming, track, and yoga, there was something for everyone of every level of ability, which was the aim. It’s an inspirational process to be a part of, and truly rewarding for the participants who numbered 80 with 30 aids to assist.
Through carwash-style rain, the Eglin AFA Chapter 365 teaming with the 96th Support Squadron provided snacks, water, lunches and support from the surrounding Eglin AFB Communities of Niceville and Ft. Walton Beach, FL. The Eglin AFA coordinated the support through amazingly generous community sponsors and the 96th Support Squadron coordinated runners who picked up items and delivered them to the camps. “It was flawless teamwork on so many levels,” said Candace Lovell, VP, Eglin AFA, who coordinated the sponsors. What a significant difference this partnership made for the warriors who came to Eglin AFB for the first time.
Some of the generous contributions included:
Cases of water, mini-burgers, quarter pounder sandwiches, ham sandwiches, boxed lunches, cookies, turkey wraps, fruit, sandwich trays, pizza, hot wings, Mediterranean and Greek Salads. In addition,  there were those who gave massages both for the caregivers’ appreciation day and for the warriors.   
It is the hope of the Eglin AFA and the 96th Support Squadron that they will return next year as it was reported that Eglin was the best support they have received to date.  In June, the Eglin AFA and the 96th Support Squadron will host an appreciation breakfast for our community partners in recognition of their outpouring of care and support.

Jesse Graham, an Air Force Wounded Warrior athlete, listens to his coach, Saul Mendoza, on how to increase his speed at the start line during the first day of the Warrior Games training camp at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., April 18. The five-day training camp for the Air Force’s athletes serves as their last practice session before the Warrior Games June 19-28. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

The Air Force Association, Eglin Chapter
cordially invites you to a luncheon
Wednesday, the twenty-ninth of July
at eleven o'clock in the morning
Bayview Club, Sandollar Lounge
Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
Major General Mike Kostelnik, USAF, Retired

Topic of Speech:
Unmanned Aircraft Systems on Leading Edge in
Homeland Security
               R.s.v.p. by 22 July                                                                      Dress Attire:
                Amy Gold, (850) 897-5995                                              Civilians:  Business Casual
                                                                Military:  UOD
Cost of Meal:  Club Members:  $12; Non Club Members:  $14
On arrival, please proceed to the Sandollar Lounge to pay cash or by check for your meal.
If you need base access, please inform Amy when you R.s.v.p.

World War II Veteran Banner Program Honoring the Greatest Generation

Banners are available for $90.00 and are indoor/outdoor 12 x 18 banners with the garden stake included. Those interested in purchasing a banner to be displayed at our Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive! Celebration can bring their picture for the banner to my office for scanning in a high resolution.  Please call Joan Doman at 850-651-1808 to schedule an appointment.  The banners will remain at the Armament Museum until after the celebration, at which time the purchaser may take them home.  They are suitable for displaying indoors or out.
The Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive! The event is a celebration for the local community to remember the events leading up to the end of WWII in the Pacific Theater, or V-J (Japan) Day, and to honor our WWII veterans.  It will be held at the Armament Museum on Saturday, 22 August, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will have singers, dancers, doughnut dollies, a Times Square kiss re-enactment, music of the times and speakers to educate the attendees on significant events of WWII and the role this area played in them.  We will also have area WWII veterans available for meet and greet, as well as to share their personal stories of the time.
Point of Contact: Joan Doman, AF Armament Museum Foundation, Director of Operations, 850-651-1808.

Eglin AFA Chapter Proud to Include Among our Members: Dr. Paul Hsu

The Eglin AFA is extremely fortunate to have a benevolent community member in Dr. Paul Hsu who decided to give back by creating a $5,000 scholarship in honor of his wife, Maggie. Each year, one deserving high school student is awarded the scholarship and Dr. Hsu’s American Dream lives on right in our backyard.

At the age of 24 with $500 to his name, Paul Hsu left his native Taiwan and immigrated to the United States to a land where anything was possible. He writes inspiringly of his family's experience. "Our lives were often hard, but we didn't feel put upon," says author Paul Hsu. "We didn't think our struggle was unfair because my wife and I knew that it was only one step along the road. It took some time, but we succeeded. We had a belief that America had great opportunities, and that if we made sacrifices and stayed motivated, we wouldn't be held back because of class, race, or because we weren't born here. That is a unique aspect of America's character." 

Within 12 years, Dr. Hsu founded Manufacturing Technology Inc. (MTI), an avionics and battlefield electronics company which served the U.S. Department of Defense. Following MTI, he founded three more successful companies. They include Total Parts Plus, Inc., an internet-based data content company providing electronic component research services and data management applications; ActiGraph, LLC, an electronic medical device manufacturer which develops products that collect biometric data used to assess sleep levels/patterns, drug research, and cardiac rehabilitation; and HSU Enterprise Group, LLC, an environmental engineering and renewable energy company specializing in clean coal production and energy efficiency technologies.

In 2007, Paul Hsu was appointed by President Bush as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. Three years later, Dr. Hsu was appointed by President Obama as a member of the National Minority Business Advisory Board. Currently he works at Harvard University Asia Center as a Senior Research Fellow on Energy Efficiency.
His book, Guardians of the Dream: The Enduring Legacy of America’s Immigrants, chronicles his journey and his belief that American immigrant dreamers have the dedication and passion needed to be successful business entrepreneurs. In return, they offer a track for success to others. Paul Hsu believes that America, at its heart, has always been an immigrant nation.

He advises young people to adhere to the simple but profound values of hard work and self-discipline that have stood the test of time. The uplifting examples of individuals who have overcome great barriers to fulfill their dreams, further provides inspiration to Americans who are weary of economic or social challenges. "Challenges always existed," says Hsu. "Yet, we remain a global leader." 
How fortunate we are that Dr. Hsu came to this great country and decided to make a difference for us all. He has just established a Teaching Excellence Award for Math and Science through his foundation and two local teachers are the lucky recipients.

Today, he continues to inspire and proves that hard work is worthwhile and will pay off.

Dr. Paul Hsu presenting his scholarship honoring his wife, Maggie, at our Eglin AFA Education Recognition Night

AFA Announces New President
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Dear AFA member,
After an extensive search and selection process, the Air Force Association is pleased to welcome General Larry Spencer as the Air Force Association's new President.  General Spencer will officially begin his role as AFA President later in 2015.
General Spencer announced his retirement from the Air Force earlier this week.  As the outgoing Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, Spencer presides over the Air Staff and serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group. He assists the Chief of Staff of the Air Force with organizing, training, and equipping 690,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas.  You can view his full Air Force biography here:
We look forward to the future ahead and trust the leadership and expertise of General Spencer will allow us to add to the long history of success our association has achieved.
Mark Barrett
Executive Vice President
Air Force Association

Thank you to Our Community Partners
Raytheon 60 2nd St, Suite 601, Shalimar, FL 32579
Lockheed Martin Corporation-Tobi L Allen 5600 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Paul S. Hsu TTE 819 Choctaw Lane, Shalimar, FL 32579
Bill Kirk 1100 Troon Dr W, Niceville, FL 32578 897-1365
Lamar Outdoor Advertising:Joseph Raines 223 Greenacres Rd, Ft Walton Beacn, FL 32547 
Lockheed Martin Corporation-Accounts Payable Cntr PO Box 33010 Lakeland, FL 33807-3010
Ann Shambo 1005 Lake Dr, Niceville, FL 32578
St Joe Community Foundation: Jant Greeno, Exec Dir: 133 S Watersound Pkwy, Watersound, FL 32413
Investments Unlimited-Cliff Long PO Box 623, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549-0623
ATK - Bob Blake 2803 Sam Snead Court, Shalimar, FL 32579
COLSA Corporation: Anderson/Orcutt/Warner/Williams 51 3rd St Bldg E, Shalimar, FL 32579
Jimmie Adams Gen (Ret) 320 Sand Myrtle Trl, Destin,  FL 32541
Jacobs Technology, Inc 1030 Titan Crt, #100 FWB FL 32547
2015 Fisher House Run Donors $500 or Greater  
Harvey F Eckhoff VFW Post 7674: Quartermaster Account PO Box 456, Mary Esther, FL 32569-0456 
Total Parts Plus: Dr Paul Hsu, Chairman 709 Anchors St, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32578 
Bluewater Fitness Center 4591 E Hwy 20, Niceville, FL 32578-8844
Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport - Mike Stenson 1701 State Rd 85 N, Eglin AFB, FL 32542 
Magnolia Grill 157 Brooks St SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548