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Chapter News – April 2017


DATE : THURSDAY           6  APRIL  2017

TIME:  RECEPTION 11:30 AM                 LUNCHEON  12:15 PM            -    ATTIRE  / BUSINESS DRESS

LOCATION :  ’21’  CLUB  , 21 WEST 52ND STREET ,  NEW YORK , NEW YORK        TEL: (212) 582 – 7200



PRESIDENTS MESSAGE :   On behalf of IRON GATE Chapter 275 , AFA , we are especially honored to host General Lloyd Newton as our distinguished speaker on 6 April. General Newton came highly recommended by IRON GATE’s  own Jonna Doolittle Hoppes , and promises to be one of our most memorable speakers. Commissioned as a distinguished graduate through Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1966 General Newton rose to the level of General , April 1, 1997  distinguishing himself as a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-4, F-15 , F-16, C-12 and F-117 stealth fighter. During the Vietnam War  flying 269 combat missions from Da Nang Air Base South Vietnam , including  79 missions over North Vietnam General Newton earned the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal with Oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with Oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 16 Oak leaf clusters , Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with “ V ” device and two Oak leaf clusters, Vietnam Service Medal , Philippine Presidential Unit Citation , and the Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

The general was selected to join the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the THUNDERBIRDS , in November 1974 , holding several positions including narrator, slot pilot and right wingman. From 1978 to 1982 he was assigned as an Air Force Congressional Liaison officer with the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. His other assignments included three wing commands, and an air division. From 1993 to 1995 General Newton was director of operations, J-3, United States Special Operations Command. One of his last assignments was commander of Air Education and Training Command , Randolph Air Base, Texas overseeing recruiting , training, and education of Air Force personnel involving the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces  and Air University Air Education and Training Command consisting 13 bases, over 43,000 active duty and 14,000 civilian personnel.

Past military cutbacks , including sequestration have exacted a heavy toll on our nation’s military preparedness – the “ hollowing effect “ impacts serviceability and readiness of our weapon systems as well as morale. On the 70th Anniversary of our creation it will be telling how one with so distinguished a career and so closely involved with personnel training, views our  current state of affairs as we face future missions and extremely determined enemies. For sure, not a discussion to miss.
Anthony J. Cipriano, President