American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2002 Tech. Sgt. Brian K. Williams' "Pilot for a Day" at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., wins the $10,000 top prize in the 3rd annual Newman's Own Awards for Military Community Excellence competition.
Williams heads one of the 15 volunteer organizations who share $50,000 in grants from the Newman's Own Co. Winners received their awards in a Pentagon ceremony today from John Molino, deputy assistant secretary of defense (military communities and family policy).
Six judges, two from each of the sponsors, evaluated each entry based on the organization's creativity, innovation and impact on their communities. To be eligible, each organization had to certify that it was a private or nonprofit organization operating with authority of a military installation commander. A All the 132 organization that entered will receive a certificate of recognition from Paul Newman.
Williams, assigned to the 58th Airlift Squadron at Altus conceived and administered "Pilot for a Day," which allows children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness to fulfill their dream of being an Air Force pilot for one day, using personnel, aircraft and a flight simulator from a C-17 flying squadron. The $10,000 grant will pay for uniforms and equipment given to each participating child, defray travel and billeting expenses to accommodate children from outlying areas, and help to expand the program to other air bases. For further information, contact Williams at Brian.Williams@altus.af.mil.
Awards of $2,000 went to:
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