February 20, 2019
Fort Worth, Texas – The Airpower Foundation today announced Medal of Honor Recipient, Col. Donald “Doc” Ballard has joined the Board of Directors as an Advisor, and Mrs. Tamiko Bailey, President/CEO of Bailey’s Premier Services, has joined the Board of Directors as a Member.
“Tamiko’s demonstrated leadership skills throughout her impressive career in both the military and civilian sectors, makes her a great addition to our team.” said Sid Eppes, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Also, words cannot express our appreciation and gratitude for Col. Ballard joining our board as an advisor. His guidance and input will be invaluable for the continued growth of the Airpower Foundation.
Mrs. Tamiko Bailey is the President/CEO of Bailey’s Premier Services, a multi-state defense contractor that provides aircraft maintenance and other support services to the United States government and state/local agencies.
Tamiko has over 25 years of combined military and industry experience. During her military career, she worked in an aviation environment supporting an F-15/F-16 squadron and she served two tours of duty in Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch-No Fly Zone (33rd FW/ 59th FS). She has also been fortunate to work for Fortune 100/500 defense contractors. Working in these environments provided additional valuable work experiences within the aviation industry.
Tamiko has an AA in Accounting from Okaloosa-Walton Community College, BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington and MBA from the University of Phoenix. Tamiko is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds a certificate in Earned Value Management.
She is a native of Fort Worth and she volunteers countless hours to support the community and veterans events.
Donald “Doc” Ballard is a retired colonel in the Kansas National Guard and former member of the United States Navy, in which he was a hospital corpsman in the Vietnam War and received the Medal of Honor for heroic actions above and beyond the call of duty on May 16, 1968.
His Medal of Honor Citation Reads:
DONALD E. BALLARD Hospital Corpsman Second Class, U.S. Navy (FMF) Company M, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division
Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, 1968
When enemy forces ambushed Ballard’s platoon with automatic weapons and mortars, Ballard unhesitatingly moved across the fire swept terrain to render medical assistance to a wounded Marine. As he was directing the evacuation of the wounded, an enemy grenade landed in their midst. Ballard shouted a warning to his comrades, and then leapt upon the device. The grenade failed to detonate, so he arose and continued treating other casualties.
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Wanda Cox +1 (817) 682-0767
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with its roots dating back to 1958.
The mission of the Airpower Foundation has grown since its formation in 1999, and is now a nationwide program dedicated to supporting active duty, reserve and National Guard families. Airpower also supports projects to assist wounded, ill or injured service members, children of our fallen military, veterans of previous wars and educational projects along with the Medal of Honor Foundation to make sure the next generation understands the honor and sacrifice of wearing the cloth of this country.
The Airpower Foundation board of directors is a diverse group of professionals who volunteer their time and are dedicated to the proposition that freedom is not free. It is their noble mission to assist deployed military families, wounded, ill or injured service members, and veterans of past wars. They spend countless hours visiting military installations and families, assessing needs and grant requests. They are instrumental in providing leadership to organize and execute numerous projects every year in support of military families.