December 3, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AFA Remembers Verne Orr
Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association (AFA) today remembers the life and service of Verne Orr, former Secretary of the Air Force under President Ronald Reagan.
Orr, 92, passed away Nov. 27 at his California home. Orr served as Secretary of the Air Force from 1981-1985, spanning Reagan’s first term.
AFA named the annual Verne Orr Award for best utilization of human resources in the U.S. Air Force after the former Secretary. The 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, is the most recent recipient of AFA’s Verne Orr Award, presented each year at the Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C.
“Former Secretary of the Air Force Verne Orr presided over four very important years in developing and invigorating a modern Air Force, and our nation still benefits from that today,” said Mike Dunn, President of AFA. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and we appreciate his service to our country and the U.S. Air Force.”
AFA is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has more than 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 125,000 members. Visit AFA at http://www.afa.org.
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