2017 Recipients

Gen Ronald Fogleman, USAF (Ret.)

Gen Fogleman served as the 15th Chief of Staff of the Air Force. A command pilot and parachutist, with an extensive background in fighters, mobility aircraft, and general aviation, he has amassed more than 8,400 flying hours. He flew 315 combat mission and logged 806 hours of combat flying. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Orbital ATK, is the Lead Director on the Board of Directors for AAR Corp, and serves as a board member of First National Bank of Durango, Tactical Air Support, Inc., Theia and Unitech Aerospace.

Col Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson, USAF (Ret.)

Col Anderson is a World War II Triple Ace, and during the war he was the highest scoring Ace in his P-51 Mustang Squadron. He flew two tours of combat against the Luftwaffe in Europe while with the 363d Fighter Squadron, and was the group’s third leading ace with 16 ¼ aerial victories. His P-51 Mustang, nicknamed Old Crow, carried him safely through 116 missions without being hit. After the war, Anderson became a well-regarded fighter test pilot, a fighter squadron and wing commander, and chief of the fighter flight test section at Wright-Patterson. 

Elinor Otto

Elinor Otto is one of the original Rosie the Riveters, and worked to build airplanes for 50 years. She began work at Rohr Aircraft Corp. during World War II, manufacturing airplane parts, and has worked at Ryan Aeronautical, Douglas Aircraft Company, and the Boeing Company. She has been a Spirit of ’45 Day National Spokeswoman since 2011, helping to promote awareness of the role women played during World War II. Earlier this year she and US Representation Alan Lowenthal planted the first official “Rosie the Riveter Rose Bush” In Long Beach, the first of what will become a national network of living memorials to the women who served on the Home Front during World War II. 

Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Foundation

The Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Foundation manages the memorial and crypt, maintains grounds, as well as organizing ceremonies and guided tours. The Foundation's Board oversees the management of the site, and is composed of the US ambassador to France, the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, the French Minister of Defense, and the Chief of Staff of the French Air Force. The Foundation's endeavors have helped to commemorate America's pioneering combat airmen for many years to come.