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EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION NEWS Celebrating the Donors The NGEF honors another 11 large contributions at special reception HE NATIONAL GUARD Educational Foundation recognized six new major benefactors at a special reception at the National Guard Me-morial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C., Nov. 17. The six honorees donated $10,000 each to join the Legion de Lafayette, the primary funding source for the NGE NG E F , which operates the National Guard Memorial Museum and other programs designed to preserve and tell T all 376 years of the Guard story. Foundation officials also used the occasion to recognize five existing LdL members who contributed a combined $50,000 more to the foundation. The reception followed the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the museum’s new 9/11 Era Gallery, capping one of the biggest evenings in the NGEF’s 37-year history. New L d L members included three corporations and three individuals. GMRE Inc., a veteran-owned, small 38 | Na tional G uar d

Educational Foundation News

Celebrating the Donors

The NGEF honors another 11 large contributions at special reception

THE NATIONAL GUARD Educational Foundation recognized six new major benefactors at a special reception at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C., Nov. 17.

The six honorees donated $10,000 each to join the Legion de Lafayette, the primary funding source for the NGEF, which operates the National Guard Memorial Museum and other programs designed to preserve and tell all 376 years of the Guard story.

Foundation officials also used the occasion to recognize five existing LdL members who contributed a combined $50,000 more to the foundation.

The reception followed the ribbon cutting ceremony for the museum’s new 9/11 Era Gallery, capping one of the biggest evenings in the NGEF’s 37- year history.

New LdL members included three corporations and three individuals.

GMRE Inc., a veteran-owned, small business headquartered in South Ogden, Utah; Raydon, a Port Orange, Fla.-based developer of combat simulators; and the University of Phoenix are the new corporate members.

The new individual members are retired Maj. Gen. Larry Arnold, a former commander of 1st Air Force, and his wife, Linda; Linda Cooper Ross, the spouse of the NGAUS treasurer, retired Brig. Gen. Ken Ross; and retired Tennessee Air Guard Maj. Gen. Jan Young, the former Air Guard assistant to the commander of Air Education and Training Command.

“I was honored to serve and had opportunities far beyond what I could have imagined when I joined,” Young said. “I am honored now to support the organization that educates others about the history and the ongoing value of the National Guard.”

Existing LdL members recognized for additional contributions were Booz Allen Hamilton; Brede Exposition Services; Sikorsky; Technology Forums and USAA.

Sikorsky, the manufacturer of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, is the single largest corporate contributor to the NGEF. The company has donated $180,000 over 15 years to the NGEF through the LdL program.

“We are honored to support the effort to preserve the National Guard’s history and educate Americans about the heritage and contributions of the National Guard,” said Tom Nicolett of Sikorsky.

—Staff Report

NGEF honored 11 new or existing members of the Legion de Lafayette in November. They are: (Standing, from left) Robert Warren; retired Chief Master Sgt. Richard Smith, National MG uard program manager, USAA; Tom GN Nicolett, director of National Guard business development, Sikorsky; Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, NGAUS/NGEF chairman of the board; Gary Harrah, regional director of national defense relations, University of Phoenix; Douglas Harris, regional director of national defense relations, University of Phoenix; retired Maj. Gen. Larry Arnold; Brett Wilson, senior associate, Booz Allen Hamilton.

(Seated, from left) Don Ariel, founder and president, Raydon Corporation; Charlie Premone, president and owner, Brede Exposition Services; retired Maj. Gen. Jan Young; Linda Cooper Ross; Sharla Warren, director of conference services, Technology Forums; Linda Arnold; retired Brig. Gen. Dan Bader, senior vice president of defense programs, GMRE Inc.

Read the full article at http://www.nationalguardmagazine.com/article/Educational+Foundation+News/1279358/141402/article.html.

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