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Gold Star Service Banner Presentation Thank You

Vets awards 6 Gold Star family of David Robert Kink2  Vets awards 7 Gold Star family of Carl M. Eubanks2
 
October 22, 2020
Today, General Daly presented two families, both from the Vietnam era, a Gold Star Banner in a  shadow box on behalf of the Veterans Coalition (NAVFOC). As has been the case for the past 12 years, the shadow boxes were built by R.C. Reville with the support of ASMDA.  There is a small plaque on the back of each which reads:  “Handcrafted by R.C. Reville, Lt Col, USAF (Ret.) and presented on behalf of ASMDA – 11 November 2020.”  An email from one of the Gold Star Banner recipients, Julie Kink, whose brother David was killed in Vietnam on 3 August 1969 is shared below:  
 
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Subject: Gold Star Service Banner Presentation Thank You
 
To ... all ... involved in the presentation of the Gold Star Service Banner (please forward if I have missed anyone):
 
What an extraordinary week! . . . The presentation to me of a beautiful shadow box with a Gold Star Service Banner embroidered with my brother David Kink’s name . . . the emotional dedication ceremony for our Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, attended by an estimated 600+ Gold Star families and supporters. 
 
My feeling is difficult to describe. It’s the sensation of being lifted up, and at the same time, anchored fast by a community whose devotion to honoring our military members and our precious fallen runs deep.  
 
I am especially proud to know that 51 years after losing his life to the war in Vietnam, my 19-year-old brother David is still remembered and honored. 
 
The sun has set six times on the Monument that binds all of us who were part of this extraordinary week, in this extraordinary place. There will be more Gold Star families who will find comfort in the Monument, and who will be honored with a Gold Star Service Banner. They will know that those they loved and lost will always be remembered, thanks to your devotion and your kindness.
 
I am so grateful. Never forget.
 
Julie
sister of Warrant Officer David Robert Kink
C Troop 1/9th Cavalry June to July 1969
Killed in Action August 3, 1969

Association Launches Annual Space Camp Scholarships

5ea059e53f8f6.imageAmidst the nation’s social distancing in response to COVID-19, some children will still be reaching for the stars.

The Air, Space and Missile Defense Association is offering 16 scholarships for selected children to attend a weeklong Space Camp from June 28 to July 3 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

These scholarships are open to any military or civilian children, ages 9-11, of a parent or guardian assigned to Space and Missile Defense Command; Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense; Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space; Aviation and Missile Command; Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center; Missile and Space Intelligence Center; NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center; Missile Defense Agency; and those who are contractors working for corporate members of ASMDA.

“We are very excited about the opportunity we are offering our military and employees of the ASMDA community,” Pete Weiland, ASMDA president, said. “The ability to provide this wonderful experience to 16 young children who probably would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend is very rewarding.”

The ASMDA scholarship includes one week at Space Camp, roundtrip airfare and unaccompanied minor fee (if required), transportation to and from Huntsville International Airport to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (if required) and a Space Camp flight suit.

As the timeline for receiving applications and awarding the scholarships is very tight, ASMDA will not accept applications after the May 1 deadline.

Immediately following selection and acceptance, ASMDA will send an information packet and begin making flight reservations, if applicable. Once selected by ASMDA, winners will be required to provide an attendance application, including a camp physical, to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Weiland said they are moving ahead with applications in the hopes that the coronavirus is under control and things are back to normal by June.

“Given all of the uncertainty with the ongoing coronavirus, things may change but for now, the scholarship program is proceeding since the event is not until late June,” he said. “Parents will obviously have say as to whether their child attends even if Space Camp is open.”

Scholarship application forms are available at www.asmda.us.

2019 Air, Space, and Missile Defense Association Accomplishments

  • Presented 11 Space and Missile Defense Technical Achievement and Service Excellence Awards for both Government and contractor employees in recognition of exceptional achievement in the development test, and deployment of air, space, and missile defense systems during the ASMDA Annual Membership Luncheon on 21 February 2019.

  • Provided 16 full scholarships (an entire Space Camp Team) for 9-11 year olds to attend USS&RC Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. This year's winnders included children from Alabama, Alaska, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, and the Kwajalen Atoll.

  • Co-sponsored (with NDIA and ADA) the 20th Space and MIssile Defense Symposium, Huntsville, Alabama, 6-8 August 2019.

  • Awarded $24,000 in College Scholarships: Five $4,000 academic scholarships from the ASMDA "Loretta Spencer" College and University Scholarship program and one $4,000 General Dodgen Memorial Academic Scholarship.

  • Co-sponsored (with NDIA) Adventures in Engineering (AIE) event in October. To promotepersonal interest in science and engineering, ASMDA brings local area 11th granders onto Redstone Arsenal to see the kind of science and engineering work being accomplished on a daily basis. This year, ASMDA hosted over 350 studens and educators from over 20 area high schools from across north Alabama and southern middle Tennessee.

  • Provided over $2,500 during 2019 in grants to support community veteran efforts to include Huntsville's Veterans Day Parade band participation, and Wreaths for Veterans.

  • Updated organization website

Team Redstone Hosts Adventures in Engineering

By Jason B. Cutshaw, Team Redstone Public Affairs

image REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama – More than 350 high school juniors from across the Tennessee Valley toured Redstone Arsenal to learn about opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, during the 18th annual Adventures in Engineering Oct. 30.

The event is aimed at juniors of more than 20 local high schools to promote science and engineering disciplines as a career choice. It offers the students an opportunity to observe what engineers do on a daily basis, provide them with hands-on knowledge and encourage their pursuit of a science.

When speaking with students, Julie Schumacher, KODA Technologies Inc. president and CEO, said she encourages students to consider both military and civilian STEM opportunities in federal service. She said the Air Space and Missile Defense Association, or ASMDA, is committed to do all they can do to promote STEM education and STEM fields in the community.

“We need to build the pipeline of STEM talent in our future generations,” Schumacher said. “Adventures in Engineering gives a glimpse into important engineering and analytical activities that are supporting our nation, right here in Huntsville. Our goal is to stimulate interest in STEM with students and let them know about opportunities we have here locally.

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