Air Force Foundation: Know the Past, Shape the Future

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October 8, 2009

The Air Force Historical Foundation's 2009 Symposium was a successful showcase of presentations, debates, and discussions by noted historians, authors and military personnel. All centered on the Balkans Air Campaigns of the 1990s and the residual effects of those conflicts.

The day-long event also featured powerful keynote addresses by leaders in the United States Air Force, and award presentations that recognized those who have made their mark on air power history.

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Historian Chris Mayse (at podium) presents his paper on the U-2 in Operation NOBLE ANVIL/ALLIED FORCE dining the Symposium's morning panel, which detailed the Balkans Air Campaigns from three distinct perspectives.

Joining Mayse on the panel were (from left to right) Dr. Daniel Haulman. of the Air Force Historical Research Agency, and Maj. William March. Royal Canadian Air Force. CD. MA. along with moderator Dick Anderegg.

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The 2009 Symposium's afternoon luncheon was highlighted with an address by Dr. Alan Gropman of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. (Left photo at podium.) During an informal and insightful speech, Gropman detailed the challenges faced by the Tuskegee Airmen and the successes they achieved in combat. Col. Charles McGee of the Tuskegee Airmen is above left. Morning Keynote Addressee Dr. Benjamin Lambeth, RAND Corp., is above right.

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Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose, USAF (Ret.), President and Chairman of the Air Force Historical Foundation (second from right), presents the Air Power History Best Article Award for 2008.

Recipients Joseph Caver, Dr. Wesley Phillips Newton and Jerome Ennels (left to right) won for their article "Setting the Record Straight Regarding Lieutenants White and McCullin, Tuskegee Airmen," published in the Fall 2008 issue of Air Power History.

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The second award presented during the Symposium's luncheon was for the Best Air Power History Book of 2008, given to Donald Caldwell and Dr. Richard Muller (left and right center, respectively) for The Luftwaffe over Germany: Defense of the Reich. John Kreis chaired the selection committee.

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