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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sullenberger honored at Air Force Academy

The pilot who landed the passenger jet on the Hudson River in January was honored at the Air Force Academy this week. 

Capt. Chesley Sullenberger III received the Col. James Jabara Award for Airmanship. 

Sullenberger graduated from the Academy in 1973, with the school's current superintendent Lt. Gen. John Regni.

Gen. Stephen Lorenz also graduated that year. Lorenz and Regni were roommates at the Academy and both were commanders of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base. 

Sullenberger studied psychology and was a glider pilot instructor while at the Academy. He served in the Air Force until becoming a commercial pilot in 1980.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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