Saturday, July 20, 2013

From Air to Space... Finding The Sweet Spot

Silver Wings Over Washington
Officers: Ron David, President; Adm. Whitey Feightner, USN (Ret.), Vice President; Joan Stalk, Treasurer; Ray Kester, CW04 USN (Ret.), Secretary
Board: Col. Randy Brandt, USAF (Ret.); Col. E.P. Deatrick USAF (Ret.); Steve Craven; Debbie Gallaway; Pete King; Capt. Bud Orr, USN (Ret.); Capt. Zip Rausa, USN (Ret.); Col. Charles Stallworth USAF (Ret.)

Our mission is to provide an educational foundation that inspires, advocates, and fosters a venue for learning through aviation, especially for the younger generation; a forum for networking among members, colleagues and friends with outstanding speakers and camaraderie across the board. "What's Past is Prologue"

The Silver Wings Speakers Luncheon Series
at the stately new Army Navy Country Club

Please join us to welcome our distinguished speaker:

Lt. Gen. Spence M. "Sam" Armstrong, USAF (Ret.)


"Lt. Gen. Spence M. "Sam" Armstrong, USAF (Ret.) headed NASA's Aeronautics and Space Transportation Technology Enterprise at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, from May 11, 1998 to December 31, 2002. Ending a career of public service that spans nearly half a century.

Armstrong's extensive career includes experience in flight testing and astronautical engineering as well as command at five different levels within the U.S. Air Force.  He has served as NASA's Associate Administrator for Human Resources and Education since September 1991. Prior to that assignment, Armstrong served as director of program architecture for the Synthesis Group, White House-chartered, from 1990-1991 to develop long-range program architectures for the U.S. human space flight program.

As Associate Administrator, Armstrong was responsible for strategic planning, requirements definition and budgetary formulation of NASA's aeronautics research and space transportation technology activities.  Armstrong's duties included overall responsibility for each of NASA's four aeronautical research centers -- Ames, Moffett Field, CA; Dryden, Edwards Air Force Base, CA; Langley, Hampton, VA; and Lewis, Cleveland, OHIO.

"General Armstrong has served this nation with exceptional distinction during both his military and NASA careers," said Administrator O'Keefe. "In NASA, he has shown a real ability to lead diverse programs, from aerospace technology to workforce and education. The agency will miss his leadership."

Armstrong is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General and command pilot with over 4,500 hours (including 100 missions over North Vietnam in the F-105) flying time in 50 different aircraft.  He was Vice Commander of Air Force Systems Command from July 1987 to April 1990, and prior to that was Vice Commander in Chief, Military Airlift Command.
From July 1983 to July 1985 he was Chief of the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia.  He also served as Commander, Air Force Military Training Center, San Antonio, TX; Deputy Chief of Staff for Technical Training, Air Training Command; Deputy Director for Space and C3, DCS Research, Development, and Acquisition, Headquarters USAF, the Pentagon; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Air Training Command; Commander, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard Air Force Base, TX; Base Commander and, later, Deputy for logistics, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, TX.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, with a BS in engineering. Armstrong also received master's degrees in both astronautical and instrumentation engineering from the University of Michigan.  He also attended Harvard University's Senior Managers in Government Program; Columbia University's Executive Program in Business Administration; the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base, CA; and the Air War College.

The Silver Wings Fraternity is comprised of a wonderful group of remarkable individuals who have pioneered, excelled and contributed to the world of aviation. We encourage members to bring friends, guests, and introduce young people to the noteworthy exploits and achievements of our distinguished members and speakers. In the past we have hosted prominent speakers who presented both contemporary and historical topics relating to aviation, space, and a variety of military accomplishments. 
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Agenda for THURSDAYJULY 25th, 2013

Silver Wings Speakers Luncheon  

Site:      Army Navy Country Club 703.521.6800
             East Gate: 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
             West Gate: 2400 South 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
Complimentary Parking
Area:      Arlington Fort Richardson Room 
Cost:      $33.00, paid at the entrance

Date:     THURSDAY, JULY 25th, 2013
1100:    Doors Open, Networking Time
1150:    Pledge of Allegiance
1155:    Blessings
1200:    Dining served: gourmet entree,  complemented by a delicious dessert

1250:    Introduction of our Speaker
1300:    Speaker:Lt. Gen. Spence M. "Sam" Armstrong, USAF (Ret.)
1345:    Q & A
1400:    Conclusion of  Speakers Luncheon

Please RSVP now with me at 202.333.8707,; or, with Joan Stalk, 703.451.4181
Note: We need a firm count by Monday Noon, July 22nd for the ANCC.  The ANCC charges for each walk-in an additional $4 per person, so save the ANCC fee and RSVP as soon as possible.

Membership dues ($25) may be paid on July 25th, or mail to our Treasurer: Joan Stalk, 6103 Dominican Drive, Springfield, VA 22152.

Let's have a great turn out for Lt. Gen. Spence M. "Sam" Armstrong, USAF (Ret.)

Ron David
President, Silver Wings
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WDC: 202.333.8707
Cell:   202.907.3241