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Monday, March 22, 2010

Riley proclaims March "Aviation and Aerospace Heritage Month in Alabama



The month of March 2010 was proclaimed “Aviation and Aerospace Heritage Month” to commemorate the first flight of an airplane in the state of Alabama.

The flight by Orville Wright was conducted on March 26, 1910 over the grounds of present day Maxwell Air Force Base.

The proclamation was signed by Governor Bob Riley during a ceremony held in the Old House Chamber of the State Capitol Building.

Attending the ceremony were (standing L-R) George Cully, Director, Air University Office of History, Maxwell Air Force Base; Dr. John C. Eagerton IV, Chief, Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Bureau; Fred Sington, President, Aviation Council of Alabama; Billy Singleton, Chairman, Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame; Dr. James Griffin, Executive Director, Southern Museum of Flight; Jerome Ennels, Archivist, United States Air Force Historical Research Agency; and Colonel Kris Beasley, Commander, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base.

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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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