For Love of Country Annual Gala 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
Col. Clarence "Bud" Anderson / American Fighter Ace
Clarence Emil "Bud" Anderson is a retired Air Force Colonel, a Triple "Ace" in World War II. During WW II, he served two combat tours escorting heavy bombers over Europe in the P-51 Mustang from Nov 1943 through Jan 1945. He flew 116 combat missions (480 hours) and destroyed 16 and 1/4 enemy aircraft in aerial combat and another one on the ground.
He has an extensive flight testing background spanning a 25 year period and served as a Commander of an F86 Squadron in post war Korea, Commander of an F-105 Wing on Okinawa, two assignments to the Pentagon, and served in Southeast Asia where he was Commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing. His awards include 2 Legion of Merits, 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, 16 Air Medals, the French Legion of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre, as well as many campaign and service ribbons In 2015 at a special White House ceremony, Col. Bud Anderson was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor along with his fellow American Fighter Aces.
Capt. Tammie Jo Shults
Tammie is a commercial airline captain, who was one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy to transition into an F/A-18 Hornet. She flew training missions as an instructor aggressor pilot during Operations Desert Storm, as women were still excluded from combat missions during her active duty. She was decorated with two Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, and a Marksmanship Medal. After she left the Navy, she joined Southwest Airlines.
She was catapulted into fame when, on April 17, 2018, an engine fan blade on Flight I380 from New York to Dallas failed and flying debris damaged the left side of fuselage and a window, causing the plane to decompress. She made an emergency descent and safely landed. She was highly commended for her actions, calm demeanor, and competence during the emergency.
Capt. Dean Shults
A native Texan, Dean grew up in Sugar Land, just outside of Houston. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BBA in finance from Texas A&M University and earned his Private Pilots License while in College Station. Upon graduation, he attended Aviation Officer Candidate School and received a commission as an ensign in the United States Navy. After flight training, he received his Navy wings of gold and reported to Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA, to learn to fly the A-7 Corsair. His first deployment was to the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf aboard the USS Carl Vinson followed by a transition to the F/A-18 Hornet and another Indian Ocean/Persian Gulf cruise aboard the USS Kitty Hawk as part of Operation Southern Watch. After returning home from his second deployment, he became an instructor at Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific where he taught F/A-18 advanced weapons systems and tactics to the Hornet pilots of Strike Fighter Wing Pacific. During his time in the Navy, Dean was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2 awards), the National Defense Service Medal, Expert Pistol and Expert Rifle Medals, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with a bronze star, the Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), and an Air Medal.
Dean served out the remainder of his Navy commitment and, in 1995, went to work for Southwest Airlines as a First Officer. Six years later, he upgraded to Captain and currently flies the Boeing 737 out of Houston Hobby Airport. Along the way, Dean met and married his Navy flight instructor, Tammie Jo Bonnell, who is also a Captain for Southwest Airlines. Dean and Tammie Jo have been married for over 30 years, have raised two children, and both enjoy serving in their church as well as coaching and mentoring youth in their community of Boerne, TX.
David Price –Master of Ceremonies
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.
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
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.
Michael Ostaski – Art Explosion
What is Art Explosion?
Music Thunders. Paint Soars. This is a pure Adrenaline Rush! Art Explosion: A truly unique experience. Internationally renowned artist Michael Ostaski, using only his hands and a few simple brushes, transforms a blank canvas into a mural sized masterpiece in under 7 minutes.... Please visit http://www.artexplosion.us/index.html for more information.
The mission of Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is to steward America’s first aviation battlefield of World War II sharing the artifacts, personal stories, the impact and response to the December 7, 1941 attack and the Pacific region battles that followed, honoring those who have defended our freedom so we might educate and inspire future generations.
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