Tampa Bay Defense Alliance Presents Tampa Bay Trophy to Larry Wilson from Little Rock Air Force Base

Tampa, Fla., October 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — President of the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance (TBDA). Donna Huneycutt and Chairman of the Airlift/Tanker Association (A/TA), Gen. Duncan J. McNabbUSAF (Ret) announced today that Mr. Larry Wilson out Small stone Air Force Base, AR as the 2022 Tampa Bay Trophy winner. The Tampa Bay Trophy recognizes a leader whose lifetime achievement and outstanding service to the United States Air Force and Air Mobility Command embodies the synergy between the civilian and military communities.

Donna Huneycutt and General McNabb will present Mr. Wilson with his mention at the 2022 Airlift Tanker Association Convention to be held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. Aurora CO on October 28, 2022in the Heritage Room 21:00 (CET).

“This year underscores the power of great relationships between military bases and their surrounding communities as they come together in a time of great change and rebuilding. As always, the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance was impressed with and deeply grateful for the service and contributions of the outstanding nominees identified by their Air Force communities. We enjoyed the difficult task of choosing a winner from these amazing leaders who support military communities, personnel and their families. We are incredibly honored to have this year’s recipient, Mr. Larry Wilsonout Small stone Air Force Base for his outstanding leadership, responsibility and dedication to his community,” said Huneycutt.

Wilson distinguished himself for exceptionally meritorious conduct in providing outstanding service to the Airmen and families Small stone Air Force Base, the Jacksonville community, the State of Arkansas, and to the United States Air Force. A celebrated advocate for Jacksonville, Arkansas For over 40 years, his leadership strengthened the relationship between Little Rock AFB and the local community, enabling solutions that secure a 50-year maintenance contract for the groundwater system and relief for mission-critical drop zones. His educational focus helped Jacksonville school district improvements and helped raise local funds to pave the way for a joint venture education center with LRAFB. He was appointed by the governor to the state’s Council on Military Affairs and supported efforts to do so Arkansas one of four states to meet all of the Department of Defense’s criteria for military family support and helped advance legislation providing income tax exemptions for active duty and retirees and exempting military spouses from onerous licensing requirements. His leadership helped his community win the 2009, 2011, and 2019 Abilene Trophies for Best Community Assistance from the Air Mobility Command, the 2019 Altus Trophy from the Air Education and Training Command, and the 2020 Great American Defense Community Award. He served as honorary commander of the 19th Airlift Wing and was selected for the Air Mobility Command, Air Education Command, and Air Combat Command Civic Leader Groups. His outstanding civic leadership has enhanced our communities, enhanced the quality of life for our Airmen and their families, and advanced the mission of air mobility. Mr. Wilson really worked for it Small stone The Air Force Base Air Mobility Mission deserves honor and recognition as a winner of the 2022 Tampa Bay Trophy Airlift/Tanker Association.

Larry Wilson has dedicated countless years to helping Little Rock AFB‘ said Colonel Angela Ochoa, commander of the 19th Airlift Squadron. “I can’t think of a more deserving person to exemplify the partnership between our local community and our grass roots. His work has been critical to fulfilling our mission and cultivating resilient aviators and families. We are extremely grateful and blessed to have Larry as part of our family.”

“We are proud to partner with the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance as we honor our outstanding civilian air mobility leaders each year with the Tampa Bay Trophy. Larry’s sustained leadership and dedication have made a huge difference to our Airmen, service members, veterans and families in Arkansas. Especially in these uncertain and changing times, he has been an unwavering advocate for our Airmen and their families for Mission Air Mobility Arkansas and has paved the way to make his community, our Air Force, and our nation better,” said A/TA Chairman, General (ret) Duncan McNabb.

About the Tampa Bay Trophy

Established in 2016 by the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance, the Tampa Bay Trophy honors a civilian each year for their outstanding service and contributions to the Soldiers and women of our nation’s Air Force. The trophy, a unique bronze sculpture by Steve Dickey, tampa unofficial sculpture award winner, underlines the true spirit of Municipality of Tampa Bay and recognizes the service of the Patriots who receive the prestigious award.

About the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance

The Tampa Bay Defense Alliance (TBDA) was formed in 2012 to advocate for our defense community by connecting our civilians with our military. The TBDA represents an eight-county region Hillsborough, pasco, Pinella’s, Polk, Sarasota, manatee, hernandoand citrus. Speak up as a team One vote, TBDA works and collaborates with our community partners on issues of concern to the defense and military communities in our region. The TBDA fosters a collaborative and engaged environment that vigorously supports a resilient and growing defense community. United in action, we are a forum of strategic thinkers who make important connections with all organizations that support our military members and their families.

About the Airlift Tankers Association

The Airlift/Tanker Association (A/TA) is the world’s leading professional non-profit association for the air mobility community, committed to innovation, promoting operational excellence, raising awareness and promoting understanding of the value of global mobility. A/TA works across the DOD and Air Mobility Enterprise, promoting a deeper understanding, appreciation and strengthening of air mobility heritage, culture, values ​​and relationships.

SOURCE Tampa Bay Defense Alliance

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