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Fall 2016 Newsletter

Greetings past and present members of the Arnold Air Society, Silver Wings and Angel Flight. Take a moment to remember some of the great times and great friends you had in these exceptional organizations. Help us better connect the alumni body, so that we can expand and support these organizations to ensure that the next generation of leaders have the same opportunities and friendship that we all share.

In This Issue:

AAS Alumnus Honored at AFCEA International Conference
Lexington, MA, February 23 -- Air Force First Lieutenant Adam Kelly was honored at an Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) international conference held in San Diego, CA, earlier this month.
Lt. Kelly is a member of the Arnold Air Society/Silver Wings Joint Alumni Association.  He currently serves as Program Manager for the Tactical Automated Security System at the Air Force’s Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA, where he was named Company Grade Officer of the Quarter within his first year of active duty.
AFCEA International is a non-profit association serving the military, government, industry and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, information technology, intelligence and global security.
Lt. Kelly received the prestigious AFCEA Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award for his outstanding contributions to AFCEA’s Lexington-Concord Chapter.
Specifically, Lt. Kelly was commended “as an indispensable member of the Chapter’s Annual Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship Committee.  He orchestrated award venues, organized nomination packages, set up review timetables, prepared event program and cadet certificates, registered participants, and personally shepherded 21 cadets through the awards presentation process.”
Lt. Kelly was also cited for his mentorship contributions, personally briefing and mentoring cadets about career opportunities and service commitment during ROTC Career Days.  He is “an avid counselor and committed mentor of local youth groups on leadership, good citizenship and STEM (Scientific, Engineering, Engineering and Math) education events.”
Chapter President Mary Ann Carlson also praised Kelly’s community participation.  He is a volunteer firefighter in his local town and a Fire Explorer Program Advisor.
Regarding Kelly’s overall Chapter contributions, Carlson summed it up this way: “Adam’s hit the ground running, and paused only long enough to pick up speed!”

Lexington, MA, 22 February – Air Force First Lieutenant Adam Kelly (center) receives the Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award from (left) LtGen Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), AFCEA President and CEO; and Linda Gooden, AFCEA Chair of the Board of Directors. The presentation took place last week at the AFCEA West Conference in San Diego, CA. (AFCEA Photo)
Happenings this Fall
This fall has been a busy and fun filled period for members of the Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings with ARCONs being held all across this great nation. Of course, much has also been happening with interesting volunteer projects and other opportunities for Arnies and Silver Wingers to grow and develop into future leaders.
ARCONs continue to be one of the highlights for members of both organizations as they present opportunities to network and make new friends, see other squadrons/chapters in action and gain a greater appreciation of the overall big picture of the organizations. Below is a list of this year’s ARCONs:

  • ARCON I                                           Boston, MA                  21-23 October, 2016
  • ARCON II                                          Charlottesville, VA      7-9 October 2016                  
  • ARCON III                                         Raleigh, NC                21-23 October, 2016
  • ARCON IV                                         San Juan, PR             7-9 October, 2016
  • ARCON V                                          Gulfport, MS               28-30 October, 2016
  • ARCON VI                                         West Lafayette, IN     7-9 October, 2016
  • ARCON VII                                        Grand Forks, ND       4-6 November, 2016
  • ARCON VIII                                       Boulder, CO               21-23 October, 2016
  • ARCON IX                                         Oklahoma City, OK   11-13 November, 2016
  • ARCON X                                          Tucson, AZ                  7-9 October, 2016
  • ARCON XI                                         San Jose, CA              28-30 October, 2016
The Current State of Arnold Air Society
AAS C/Lt Col Tristan Creek, National Director of Public Affairs

Under the sharp eyes of the current National Staff headed by Commander Noah Sherman, Arnold Air Society has made large gains in only five short months since the new National Staff was elected at NATCON 2016. Although NATCON 2016 in Dallas (CowboyCON) was a sight to behold, it may soon be trumped by the upcoming NATCON that Embry-Riddle is organizing at Disney World (ImagiNATCON)! The lineup of distinguished visitors and keynote speakers is yet to be released, but AAS is confident that this NATCON will be memorable as we also celebrate the Air Force Association’s 70th Anniversary. For the rest of the year, however, Arnies nationwide are working closely with their Silver Wing counterparts to execute the current Joint National Project – Feed America. The objective is to provide food to all the hungry souls in America, and we kicked this off by requesting that ARCON attendees donate canned food as part of their registration. The Arnie nation continues to grow as one squadron is currently in the process of being activated, along with ten more squadrons being watched for activation in the near future. With a strong presence nationwide consisting of dedicated cadets, we are excited to see everything else Arnold Air Society achieves in the coming months!
News from Silver Wings
Meg Hart, Silver Wings National Public Affairs Officer

In the six months following the Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings’ annual NATCON in Dallas, TX, this year, the national and regional staffs have been working extremely hard to implement new initiatives across the nation that will help Silver Wings chapters. The Silver Wings national staff approached the term with two main goals: better branding and better sustainability. At the terms halfway point, progress is definitely showing in regions throughout. Here’s a look into what Silver Wings has been up to across the nation:

Silver Wings now has a new Joint National Project (JNP) and a new Signature National Project (SNP). At this year’s national conference, members voted to change the SNP to “Mental Health and Disability Awareness,” with hope that the new project will provide a wide variety of philanthropy opportunities and more relatability to students on college campuses.  As the JNP changes every few years, this year the JNP changed to “Fighting Hunger.” Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings have established a successful partnership with Feeding America, Inc. to partner chapters and squadrons to local food banks across the country.

While in the most recent years, Silver Wings only had one monthly scholarship for individual members to compete for, the national staff has upped this number to three. Both chapters and individual members can compete for scholarships now with the two newest scholarship opportunities focusing on two themes: branding the organization on college campuses and working towards the JNP. Chapters can now compete by raising the most cans for food banks and earn a scholarship towards general chapter funding or NATCON funding purposes; the other competition allows chapters to create a public affairs event or publication to spread the word of Silver Wings at their university.

Currently, Silver Wings has ten chapters planning to activate, stretching from Hawaii to Wisconsin. Our staffs are beyond excited to help establish these new chapters on their college campuses, and even more excited to get to know each region personally at every individual Area-Region Conference (ARCON) in the next few months. Members from both the Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings staff will be present at all eleven ARCONs, ranging geographically from Boston, MA, to Puerto Rico, to San Jose, CA!

However, Silver Wings could always use help from our alumni in pursuing our national goals. Chapters would tremendously benefit from connecting with their local Air Force Association chapters – alumni and AFA members could assist Silver Wings in general branding, promotion, and fundraising within their communities. Furthermore, as ARCONs are all student-run and planned, regional and ARCON staffs could use alumni help in searching for possible guest speakers and advertising the upcoming NATCON in Orlando, FL! It is the alumni of Silver Wings that have established the organization’s legacy that we stand on, and chapters throughout the nation need the connections made with and through our alumni to keep us strong. Please contact the national staffs via any form of social media (ranging from Facebook to Twitter!) for any assistance in connecting with your local Silver Wings chapter. We look forward to working and learning from our organization’s members, staffs, and alumni throughout the rest of the year!
Keep up with the latest news about your friends from AAS and SW! If you have any news or updates in your life such as a marriage, kids, or a recent achievement; let us know so that we can feature it in our next newsletter. You can use this link: or email the Director of Public Affairs at
The JAA is always looking for new ideas and ways that we can improve the organization to better serve AAS, SW and alumni. Let’s work to make sure that current and future Arnies and Silver Wingers are getting the best possible experience and assist in developing future leaders. Join our mentorship Facebook group at: and assist us in cultivating the minds of future leaders! Also stay connected with fellow Alumni through Facebook at:
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If you would like to be active in mentoring AAS and SW members, please list your information here: The JAA is working to create a network that will help develop and grow future leaders.
President: Holly Talley
Vice President: Elliot Korona
National Development Officer: Katie Falgoust
Chief Financial Officer: Taylor York
Secretary: Zachary York
Director of Public Affairs: Shawn Cagle
Technology Officer: Summer Folsom
2 Year Trustee: Ritchie Nazareno

*** Questions and comments can be directed to Shawn Cagle at ***
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