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Accomplishments for 2011

  • Provided 16 full scholarships (an entire Space Camp Team) for 9-11 year olds to attend the 3–9 July 2011 USS&RC Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.  This year’s winners included children from Huntsville, Colorado Springs, Omaha, Kwajalein Atoll, Alaska, and Germany.
  • Inducted four new members into the Air, Space, and Missile Defense Distinguished Civilians Wall of Honor on 16 August 2011 as part of the Space and Missile Defense Conference.  This year’s inductees were Mr. James D. Brower, Mr. Joseph H. Butler, Dr. Rodney L. Robertson, and Mr. George G. Williams.
  • Awarded four $4,000 academic scholarships from the ASMDA “Loretta Spencer” College and University Scholarship program on 16 August 2011 as part of the Space and Missile Defense Conference.Awarded the first General Dodgen Memorial Academic Scholarship valued at $4,000 on 16 August 2011 as part of the Space and Missile Defense Conference.
  • Awarded four $1,000 academic scholarships from the ASMDA “Loretta Spencer” College and University Scholarship program to the Calhoun Scholarship Foundation to encourage students in the initial two years of college to pursue engineering, science, and math degrees.
  • Presented thirteen Space and Missile Defense Technical Achievement and Service Excellence Awards for both Government and contractor employees year in recognition of exceptional achievement in the development, test, and deployment of air, space, and missile defense systems.
  • Co-sponsored (with NDIA and UAH) 11th annual Adventures in Engineering Day, 28 September 2011. 475 regional high school juniors interested in math, science, and engineering were provided insights into exciting North Alabama career opportunities.  This day long program included tours, briefings, and hands-on demonstrations at various Redstone Arsenal Agencies.
  • Awarded $19,700 in Youth Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Grants to multiple Tennessee Valley organizations.  This year’s efforts supported STEM programs for over 8100 students including over 2,200 students who were non-majority or from Title I schools.
  • Provided organizing leadership and $10,000 seed money for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a revolutionary STEM program focused on modernizing classrooms.
  • Co-sponsored the annual Space and Missile Defense Conference, VBC, 15-18 August 2011.
  • Supported USASMDC/ARSTRAT’s Ball, AUSA Army 10 Miler, NCO and Soldier of the Year Program, Army Birthday Celebration, Surviving Soldiers Kin Organization, and the USASMDC Command Center at the Annual AUSA Conference in Washington, DC.
  • Provided $12,500 in grants to support community veteran efforts to include the Madison County Veterans Memorial Foundation (proud sponsor of the Korean War Black Granite Marker), Blue Star Program, Gold Star Shadow Boxes, Operation Christmas Bear, Still Serving Veterans, Honor Flight (Tennessee Valley Chapter), Veterans Memorial Museums, Semper Fi Community Task Force, and Veterans Day Parade local band participation.
  • Conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the new Air, Space, and Missile Defense Wall of Honor in November 2011 now located in the US Space and Rocket Center’s Davidson Center.