The National Guard Educational Foundation recognized 16 individuals, organizations and corporate donors Nov. 13 during a special reception at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The 16 recently contributed a combined $210,000 to the NGEF through its Legion de Lafayette program, which is reserved for gifts of $10,000 or more.
It was the first LdL-recognition ceremony the foundation has held in two years.
The NGEF preserves and shares all 385 years of the Guard’s story. Among its programs is the National Guard Memorial Museum, which boasts 5,600 square feet of artifacts, images and interactive exhibits.
Recent benefactors included four couples, one family, 10 corporations and NGAUS.
One of the couples was Brig. Gen. David Fleming III, Delaware’s assistant adjutant general-Army, and his wife, Andrea.
“Andrea and I are proud to donate on behalf of all those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice. All gave some, but some gave all!” he said “We pray for all those families who have lost and hope this little token of our appreciation can help in some way. God bless this great country we love so much!”
Other couples recognized for their donations were Maj. Gen. Janson “Durr” Boyles, the NGAUS and NGEF chairman of the board, and his wife, Robin of Mississippi; retired Maj. Gen. William and retired Senior Master Sgt. Kathleen Lynch of Pennsylvania; and retired Maj. Gen Tom and Joy Lynn of Georgia.
The family contribution came from the Reddels of New Hampshire in honor of Dr. Jerome “Jerry” I. Berlin.
“Jerry was a leading aviation consulting psychologist and pilot who was The Godfather in the development of cockpit resource management, which made commercial, business and military flight safer,” said retired Maj. Gen. William N. Reddel III, a former adjutant general of New Hampshire. “Our family treasured Jerry as a friend, father, grandfather, mentor, confidant and critic.”
The corporate contributions included seven making additions to previous gifts and three making a first donation.
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, was among those adding to previous donations. The manufacturer of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is the NGEF’s largest corporate benefactor, having contributed more than $250,000 over the last 24 years.
“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, the manager of Sikorsky’s National Guard strategy and business development department.
AM General, General Atomics, Northrop Grumman, Oshkosh Defense, Textron and USAA also added to earlier donations.
The NGEF recognized the Patriot Group, Valiant and Zumro by Air Shelters USA for initial contributions to the foundation.
Those honored contributed $10,000, except AM General, which provided $50,000, and NGAUS, which contributed $20,000.
NGAUS contributed in the name of two longtime staff members, Jose Palacios and John Goheen.
Learn more about the program here.