The 2017 Annual Awards Banquet was held Friday night, Jan 13, in O’Brian Hall in the Commemorative Center and was well attended. Staff members for the 2017-2018 term were introduced and while most of the faces were familiar, some jobs did change. Brent Collins has moved from Adjutant to Wing Leader and Julie Reneau was elected to the position of Adjutant.
Outgoing Wing Leader Gena Linebarger, who has served for the last four years, was given a standing ovation for her dedication, leadership and hard work. She was also presented with some gifts of appreciation by her staff.
The Colonel of the Year award, normally only given to one recipient, was presented to H.A. Tuck, Greg Gutting and Lyle Thornton for their dedication to the Midland Army Air Field Museum.
Ryan Linebarger was presented with the Spirit of the Eagle award for his commitment to researching, arranging for the purchase of, and installing the new lighting system in the main hangar.
UTPB Students in Philanthropy student Alex Rathbun reported on the Merry and Bright vendor fair held in the main hangar in early December. She was enthusiastic about continuing the fair this year and thanked the HSW for their assistance in making the fair successful.