Award Promotes History And Heritage Of The Unit On Which It Is
The 4th Fighter Wing received the inaugural Air Force Historical
Foundation Doolittle Award during a ceremony at the Air Force
Memorial in Arlington, VA, June 2.
(L-R) Gen. Newton, Col. Doherty
The Doolittle Award promotes the history and heritage of a unit
as opposed to an individual. The award is named after Lt. Gen.
Jimmy Doolittle, a Medal of Honor recipient whose surprise raid on
Japan in early 1942 is generally recognized as the U.S.'s first
World War II victory and helped turn the tide in the Pacific
theater. "Units have a living history of their own," said Jim
Vertenten, the AFHF executive director. "The people come and go,
but the units stay and accumulate their own history over time."
The 4th FW received the award because of its significant
contributions to the Air Force for more than 70 years. "Over many
conflicts, the teams at the 4th (FW), on a continuing basis, kept
its history alive with outstanding achievements and have never
really fallen out of the limelight in any way at any time," Mr.
Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Richard Y.
Newton III presented the award at the memorial site, just outside
Arlington National Cemetery. "Just over that hill, General
Doolittle is buried, along with fellow Doolittle Raiders and those
who served countless ages in this nation, who have given the
ultimate sacrifice," the general said. "So I think it's fitting
that the Air Force Historical Foundation inaugural award be named
in his memory, not only to his service but to his dedication to
Col. Patrick Doherty, the 4th FW commander, accepted the award
on behalf of the wing. "This is quite the honor; very humbling,"
Colonel Doherty said. "We stand on the shoulders of previous
warriors over the last 70 years. It's all teamwork, we all know
that and we talk about it each and every day. We talk about the
importance of our history and the standards that have been set in
all of our nation's conflicts up to this point and where the 4th
Fighter Wing sits. That propels us to raise our limits and
motivates us to put in 110-percent effort. Thank you very much for
this award, it's very humbling."
ANN Salutes Staff Sgt. Heather Stanton 4th Fighter Wing