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Air Force Academy celebrates 60th anniversary

  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Provided Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson (left) with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and former S.C. Sen. Mike Rose at the recent celebration.

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy, was the guest speaker at a dinner on May 9 at the Charleston Marriott at an AFA Founders Day Celebration.

Lt. Gen. Johnson, a former Rhodes Scholar and Air Force aide to Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, is a Distinguished Graduate and the first female head of the Academy, located in Colorado Springs, CO.

“We are proud and thrilled that Lt. Gen. Johnson was our honored guest and speaker at our AFA Founders Day Celebration,” said former Senator Mike Rose, a 1969 graduate of the Academy and President of the Charleston Chapter of the AFA’s Association of Graduates.

The dinner was attended by over 100 guests from seven states, including from all over South Carolina, to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Academy.

Participating in the evening’s festivities were four graduates of the Academy’s first Class of 1959 and six new appointees to the Academy from South Carolina, including three from the Charleston area.

Among the distinguished guests attending the dinner were U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis.

Also attending was William “T” Thompson, Esq., a native of Orangeburg, who is a 1973 graduate of the Academy and President and CEO of the Air Force Academy Association of Graduates.

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