by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Walston
917th Wing Public Affairs
9/30/2010 - Barksdale AFB, La. -- Two A-10 pilots assigned to the 47th Fighter Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., were guest speakers at the Air Force Association ARK-LA-TEX Chapter #159 quarterly social at the Barksdale Club, Sept. 24, 2010.
Lt. Col. Rodney Glass, flight safety officer, 917th Wing, and Lt. Col. Robert Hetland, flight commander, 47th FS, informed and entertained the group with information about the future of the 917th Wing and the 47th FS, as well as stories on the mission capabilities and experiences in the ongoing areas of responsibilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to the AFA Louisiana Ark-La-Tex website, the Association provides an organization through which we, as free people, may unite: to advocate for and support the men and women of the United States Air Force; to address the defense responsibilities of our nation imposed by the many advances in aerospace technology that have been and will continue to be made; to educate the members and the public at large as to what those men and women and technology contribute to the security of free people and the betterment of mankind; and to advocate and support military preparedness of the United States and its allies in order to adequately maintain the security of the United States and the free world.
The quarterly social, which included dinner, was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance by Lt. Col. (Ret) Tony Wolf, followed by a poem and invocation by Lt. Col. Jim Huggins.
Current President Chief Master Sgt, (Ret) Jack Skaggs, who acted as emcee for the event, also announced the chapter's new officers.
President - Albert Yantis
Vice President - Dick Kittler
Secretary: Jim Huggins
Treasurer: David Bird
For more information concerning the Air Force Association, check out these websites:
Air Force Association
Air Force Association ARK-LA-TEX Chapter #159