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Global Power Museum Association Banquet is Jan. 24


The Global Power Museum Association Awards Banquet is scheduled for January 24 at the Eldorado Casino Resort Shreveport, 451 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport.

Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., dinner is scheduled for 7 p.m.  Cost, including dinner, is $75 each; table sponsorships are available at $700 for 10 guests.  Dress is business casual.

RSVP until January 20, 2015 to info@8afmuseum.com or call the Museum Gift Shop at 318-752-0055.

The Museum Association is proud to present Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Keck, USAF (retired) past Commander of the 8th Air Force at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Gen. Keck

He was in command of the 8th Air Force during the 9-11 series of events, including briefly hosting President George W. Bush with Air Force One at Barksdale Air Force Base.

“The Museum Association is excited about General Keck coming back to Shreveport,” reports Phil Stewart, Vice President of the Museum Association.  “His experiences during the 9-11 should be educational, entertaining and provide a great evening.”

A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the general was a command pilot with more than 4,600 flying hours, including 886 combat hours. He has flown operational tours in the A-10, B-1, B-52, RC-135, U-2 and SR-71. His education also includes a Master’s Degree in Systems Management from University of Southern California and a Masters in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.  Among his many assignments, he served in plans and operations at Headquarters U.S. Air Force; as Executive Assistant to the first Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and as Director of Strategy for Policy and Plans with U.S. Southern Command. The General has also served as Vice Commander of 12th Air Force, and was Vice Commander of Air Combat Command.

Some of his awards and decorations include Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait).  Other achievements include the 2000 Laureate Award in Avionics from Aviation Week and Space Technology and the 2001 Gen. Chuck Yeager International Aeronautical Achievement Award from the Engineers’ Council.

Recently, Gen. Keck has served as Vice President of Air Force Programs and Vice President – Business Development of Raytheon Missile Systems of Raytheon Company.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.