AFA Northeast Chapter 416 hosted its ‘Spring Thing’ awards event on April 12, presenting awards and more than $8,000 in scholarships to 10 essay contest winners, three Civil Air Patrol Cadets, and two teachers. Scholarships were awarded thanks to donations from the Lt. Col. John Murray family; Mayor of Greenville, Texas, Jerry Ransom; the Chief Master Sgt. Bobby McCasland family; and more than 50 Chapter Community Partners.
At the ceremony, presentations were given by Congressman Pat Fallon (R-Texas); Col. Charles B. "Chuck" DeBellevue, USAF (Ret.), the leading ACE of the Vietnam War and an active leader within AFA; and AFA President & CEO Lt. Gen. Bruce "Orville" Wright, USAF (Ret.).
“It remains the honor of a lifetime to serve together with all of our selfless AFA volunteer leaders in the higher calling of our mission to educate the public and credibly advocate for dominant Air & Space Forces as we find opportunities every day to support Airmen, Guardians, and their Family members,” Wright said.