For Love of Country Annual Gala 2018
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Colonel Charles E. McGee
Colonel Charles E. McGee is one of three original Tuskegee fighter pilots to have fought during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He completed 409 fighter combat missions, the highest three-war fighter mission total of any aviator in the history of the United States Air Force.
McGee began his flying career in 1942 when he enrolled in flight training at Tuskegee Field, Alabama. He flew his first combat mission on 14 February 1944, conducting coastal and tactical patrols over Italy. During World War II, he completed 136 combat missions flying the P-39Q Airacobra, P-47D Thunderbolt, and P-51 Mustang, escorting B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress bombers over Germany, Austria, and the Balkans.
Heroically, Charles McGee flew low-altitude strafing missions over enemy airfields and rail yards, with the mission on 23 August 1944 as his most memorable. While escorting B-17s over Czechoslovakia, he engaged German fighters and singlehandedly took out a Focke-Wulf 190.
Despite relentless racial discrimination and bias, the Tuskegee Airmen flew 200 bomber escort missions against some of the most heavily defended targets in the Third Reich, compiling an exceptional combat record. In the face of the prevailing discrimination, McGee decided to transition to maintenance officer after the war.
McGee has been an ambassador of The Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. for over 33 years and is recipient of the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal.
Captain Tammie Jo Shults
Tammie Jo Shults (née Bonnell; c. 1962) is an American commercial airline Captain and retired naval aviator. Known for being one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy. Following active duty service, she subsequently became a pilot for Southwest Airlines. On April 17, 2018, as Captain of Flight 1380, she safely landed a Boeing 737-700 after the aircraft suffered an engine failure with debris causing a uncontrolled decompression of the aircraft.
Shults grew up on a ranch near Tularosa, New Mexico. As a child, she watched jet aircraft from nearby Holloman Air Force Base practice dogfights and maneuvers in the skies above her home. Watching these and reading about a missionary pilot, Nate Saint, inspired her to become a pilot too. During her final year of high school, she investigated the possibility of a career in flying but was told that there were no professional women pilots.
Following high school graduation, she attended Mid-America Nazarene College where she earned degrees in biology and agribusiness, graduating in 1983. While at MidAmerica, she met a woman who had qualified as a pilot for the U.S. Air Force and decided to see if the Air Force would accept her application for service. After being turned down by the Air Force, she decided to try the Navy while doing graduate studies at Western New Mexico University.
Michael Ostaski - Art Explosion
Michael Ostaski's life revolves around the world of art. Michael's form of art is called Art Explosion. His performances are entertaining and engaging. Michael paints original and celebrity artwork in a very fast paced setting. His performances are very musical and Michael has a lot of energy to keep the crowd entertained. Michael grew up in a very artistic home and creates his art inspired by his love of freedom.
Michael has traveled the world painting innovative works of art. Michael has his art pieces displayed in public and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe. For example, his art piece of the Statue of Liberty is hanging at the New York City Fire station near Ground Zero. Michael has painted and appeared with everyone from Bill Cosby to Collin Powell, Jay Leno to Michael Jordan and a lot more celebrities in between. Michael says that every performance is an event, and a chance to challenge himself artistically.
Chef Holly Peterson - Designer of "For Love of Country" 2018 Annual Gala
After working as a chef, wine expert and educator for years in France and Germany, Chef Peterson returned home to Napa Valley where she runs her multi-faceted business, Chef Holly Peterson’s Flourish – Events, Edibles and Expressions, based on her philosophy of nourishment, health, enjoyment, and luxury. From “breathtaking once-in-a-lifetime” events to intimate and stunning winery celebrations, Chef Peterson has the culinary expertise, discerning eye, creative touch, and experience to insure the most successful events.
David Price – Master of Ceremonies
Dave Price, a weather anchor for NBC 4 New York, has forecasted and reported onsite from natural disasters from around the country and the world. Price has had a first-person view of some of the most momentous events of our time including on-air coverage as the tragic events of September 11 unfolded, inside the Superdome in New Orleans enduring Hurricane Katrina, Haiti following the earthquake that ravaged the country, the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, operating bases from Afghanistan to Iraq. He was on site covering Presidential Inaugurations, sports championships, and the Thanksgiving Day parade. He has flown with the Blue Angels, canoed down the Amazon in Ecuador, ridden Harley Davidsons in the Australian Outback – and pretty much everything in between. He's won four Emmy awards and a Gracie award for his work on-air.
Price transitioned to broadcasting later in his life. Armed with a bachelor's degree in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell and a master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia, he spent almost a decade as a human resources executive with Pepsi-Cola, Texaco and Taco Bell. Making a life change, he sought to bring gripping stories to the public. He is an active volunteer with the Fairfield County Inner-City Foundation, the advisory board of the Africa Foundation, moderates United Nations General Assembly panels on entrepreneurship in developing nations and on international migration issues. One of his most cherished volunteer efforts is his longstanding involvement entertaining U.S. troops serving overseas. For over a decade Price has traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Djibouti and military installations around the globe to do stand-up comedy for the troops during the holiday season.
Price, a native New Yorker, is a certified scuba diver, licensed pilot and avid photographer. Price and his wife Jacqueline live in New York City with their son Eli, daughter Caroline and their adopted golden retriever Wally.
Ford Island is a Military Installation and as such requires Military Identification to enter the base. If you do not have Military Identification please be prepared to provide your Full Name, Date of Birth, and last four digits of your SSN for yourself and each guest not possessing Military Identification or notify JoBeth Marihugh at 808-892-3345 / JoBeth.Marihugh@pacificaviationmuseum.org NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 15TH, 2018.
The mission of Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in the Pacific Region and to preserve Pacific aviation history.
Phone: (808) 892-3345
Historic Ford Island, 319 Lexington Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818