Ross Perot to Serve as Guest Presenter During Museum’s Gala
The Frontiers of Flight Museum and Gala Chair, Gina Ginsburg, are pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the George E. Haddaway Award, which will be presented on Friday, April 11 at the Museum’s Annual Gala themed “Not for Self, But Country.” Visit: www.flightmuseum.com/2014-gala/.
The 2014 George E. Haddaway Award co-honorees are Admiral Patrick Walsh (Ret.) and former Navy officer Roger Staubach who will be recognized for their service and achievements in the United States Navy and their lifetime contributions and service to their communities. The awards ceremony will be a highlight of the evening with Ross Perot serving as the guest presenter.
“The Frontiers of Flight Museum Gala is a very special evening dedicated to the accomplishments and contributions to aviation and space exploration and we are particularly proud to be recognizing these two distinguished honorees,” said Gala Chair Gina Ginsburg, mother, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and commercial jet pilot.
Admiral Patrick Walsh (Ret.), a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, has had a distinguished 34-year career in the armed forces and as a retired commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Admiral Walsh was in charge of all naval assets for the United States in the Pacific and Indian oceans. His early Navy career included flying with the distinguished Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, “Blue Angels,” and later in combat operations during Operation Desert Storm.
Roger T. Staubach, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, former Navy officer and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is involved with The Children’s Cancer Fund, the United States Naval Academy Foundation, the Horatio Alger Association, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and many others.
Serving on the 2014 Frontiers of Flight Museum Gala Committee are: Hugh McElroy, Jan Collmer, Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones, Jess Hall, John Billimek and Heather Dickie. During the event, attendees will welcome many special museum supporters and enjoy an unforgettable evening of fine dining and entertainment. Attire is black tie optional.
“The Frontiers of Flight Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, introduces visitors of all ages – from the aviation buff to a child on the first visit – to the rich diversity of aviation and space flight history,” said Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones, President and CEO. “This year’s gala promises to be a fabulous event dedicated to the accomplishments and contributions of our honorees’ service and aviation. More importantly, gala attendance and sponsorships will support the education of the next generation of aviators and astronauts through the Museum’s incredible Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs that reach more than 10,000 students each year.”
About the 2014 George E. Haddaway Award Co-Honorees
Admiral Patrick Walsh (Ret.), President of Strategic Programs, Academic Partnerships, LLC, is a Senior Fellow at the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Science at Southern Methodist University. Admiral Walsh, graduate of the United States Naval Academy, has had a distinguished 34-year career in the armed forces, and retired as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in which he was in charge of all naval assets for the United States in the Pacific and Indian oceans.
During his career, Admiral Walsh flew with the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, “Blue Angels,” and flew combat operations during Operation Desert Storm. He commanded Strike-Fighter Squadron 105, Carrier Air Wing ONE, Carrier Strike Group SEVEN aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), and commanded U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. Fifth Fleet. Prior to his assignment to U.S. Pacific Fleet, he served as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
Admiral Walsh led the US military response to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. He received the ‘Grand Cordon - Order of the Rising Sun’ from the government of Japan, was recognized by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the ‘Eagle on the World Award,’ and the Japan-America Society in Dallas-Fort Worth with the ‘Sun and Star Award.’ The Republic of Korea recognized him with the Tong-il Award, the nation’s highest peacetime military honor.
Roger T. Staubach, graduate of the United States Naval Academy, former Navy officer, board member of AMR Corporation and American Airlines, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Dallas Cowboys, will join Admiral Patrick Walsh (Ret.) in being co-honored at the 2014 Gala.
Mr. Staubach, Executive Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, is involved with The Children’s Cancer Fund, the United States Naval Academy Foundation, the Horatio Alger Association, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and numerous other civic, charitable, and professional organizations.
Mr. Staubach has been honored with the 2006 Congressional Medal of Honor “Patriot Award,” the NCAA "Teddy Roosevelt Award” for being one of the “100 Most Influential NCAA Student-Athletes,” the American Jewish Congress "Torch of Conscience Award," and the United States Naval Academy “Distinguished Graduate.”
Additionally, he was presented the annual "Spirit of Generations Award" by The Senior Source of Dallas, selected by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas for the “2007 Natural Leader Award,” given the “J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award” from the SMU Cary M. Maguire Center, and in 2007 he was presented the “Horatio Alger Award” and inducted as a lifelong member by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.
About the Frontiers of Flight Museum George E. Haddaway Award
The George E. Haddaway Award is presented by the Frontiers of Flight Museum each year to individuals, or groups of individuals, who have distinguished themselves by their accomplishments in the realm of flight. The award is not restricted to pilots and aircrew members, but also recognizes excellence in other disciplines in an aerospace context such as corporate leadership, engineering, education, and literature. Previous awardees include Gary Kelly, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Southwest Airlines, The Honorable John Glenn, General Chuck Yeager, Herb Kelleher, Colleen Barrett, the Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII, General James H. Doolittle, The Civil Air Patrol, and The Honorable Barry Goldwater.
About George E. Haddaway
George E. Haddaway was a prominent fixture in the north Texas aviation scene for decades as a pilot and aviation journalist. For forty years, beginning in 1934, he was publisher of the area’s most successful aviation magazine, Southwest Aviation, which underwent several name changes to reflect his observations as the area’s aviation industry matured. His years of publishing brought Mr. Haddaway into contact with aeronautical legends such as “Jimmy” Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, Wiley Post and others, and he accumulated a wealth of aviation-related memorabilia and archives. With this vast treasure trove of books, photographs, and papers, he was the driving force behind the formation of the History of Aviation Collection, now housed at the McDermott Library of the University of Texas at Dallas. The many significant three-dimensional artifacts he acquired formed the basis for the founding of the Frontiers of Flight Museum to house and display these priceless aeronautical heirlooms.
About the Frontiers of Flight Museum
The Frontiers of Flight Museum, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, is a gem in our community that attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually including 30,000 students. The Museum is a learning laboratory using aviation and space flight to encourage and promote student excellence in science, technology, engineering and math.
For information call: (214) 350-3600 or visit www.flightmuseum.com.