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From the President.

Dear Member,

By the time you read this, our third biennial symposium will have concluded at Andrews AFB's new Conference Center in the Jacob Smart Building. This year's theme was "Air Power and Global Operations: 9/11 and Beyond," and featured panels of historians, analysts and leaders who directed air operations during this period. The symposium will have been capped by our annual awards presentation, which included the fifth Gen. Carl "Tooey" Spaatz Award presentation to Lt Gen James R. Clapper Jr., Director of National Intelligence, and also our fifth Maj. Gen. I.B. Holley Award presentation to Mr. Joe Caver of the Air Force Historical Research Agency. Your Foundation is very proud to host these symposia and recognize these worthy individuals for their lifetime service in the making and the documentation of Air Force history.

Let me take this proud occasion to repeat the Foundation's Mission Statement:

The Air Force Historical Foundation is dedicated to promoting the preservation and appreciation of the history and heritage of the United States Air Force and its predecessors. The Foundation seeks to inform and inspire the men and women who are, or have been, affiliated with the Air Force and the general public, particularly those with an interest in national security, about the dynamic heritage of air and space power and its relevance to contemporary and future issues.

We believe that, over our nearly sixty years of existence, the Foundation has remained steadfast in accomplishing this mission, and we have largely succeeded. The question is, going forward, how can we continue to pursue and--hopefully-achieve our goals? Money is tight: membership is declining; corporate and governmental support dwindles, as the Defense budget is cut, and hard cover books are replaced with electronic reading devices. Our business model that has sustained us through the years perhaps needs some readjustment.

At this critical crossroad, your Foundation needs you more than ever. As we look toward our fast approaching Sixtieth Anniversary in 2014, we not only need your financial support, but your ideas regarding how we remain viable and relevant to our mission and membership. We will soon post a survey section on the Foundation web page. Please visit it soon and help keep the lines of communications open.

Dale W. Meyerrose, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret)

President and Chairman of the Board

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Author:Meyerrose, Dale W.
Publication:Air Power History
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 22, 2011
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