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Release No: 038-05
June 29, 2005

Air Force Chief of Staff to Honor WWII Airpower

            Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper will host a World War II 60th Anniversary Ceremony Thursday, 1 p.m. EDT, at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate aviation contributions and veterans' service to the war.


            The ceremony will begin at the Tomb of the Unknowns.   A Headquarters (HQ) Air Combat Command (ACC) Heritage Flight Team will fly over at approximately 1:10 p.m.   The four-ship team will include an F-15, an F-16, an A-10 and a P-51 WWII vintage fighter.   The HQ ACC Director of Air and Space Operations, Maj. Gen. Kenneth M. "Mike" DeCuir, will fly the P-51.


            The observance will continue at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial at the cemetery entrance.   Aviation artwork depicting major U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard campaigns will be on display.


            WWII veterans scheduled to attend include members of the Air Force Association, 10th Fighter Squadron Association, 459th Airlift Association, 756th Tank Battalion Association, Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Jewish War Veterans, Legion of Valor, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Tuskegee Airmen, Women Air-Force Service Pilots of WWll, Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, and Women's Army Corps.


            Media who wish to attend or request more information should contact Jackie Hampton in the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs at (703) 697-4425 or Jacqulyn.Hampton@pentagon.af.mil.

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