April has been a whirlwind of a month for the Airpower Foundation! We could not do what we do without supporters like YOU! 
Please read on to see all of the exciting news, events, and fundraising efforts that the Airpower Foundation has carried out in the month of April.

Wanda Cox is the New Chairman of the Airpower Foundation

We are grateful for the leadership and years of dedicated service of former Airpower Foundation Chairman Sid Eppes. Following in his mighty footsteps is Wanda Cox. Wanda has been involved with the Airpower Foundation for many years beginning as a guest of Sky Ball X, to volunteer, to Executive Administrator, board member, and now Chairman of the Airpower Foundation. Wanda is a military spouse of retired United States Air Force Veteran Colonel Bruce R. Cox, a mother to a family of 6, Mimi to 6 and a business professional that will bring all of her combined experience into her leadership of our organization. We cannot wait to see what wonderful things that Wanda will accomplish throughout her tenure. Wanda was a guest on local Hometown Heroes with Rick Irving, Mary Staffeld, and Larry O’Neal to speak about the Airpower Foundation. 

Pictured: Chairman Wanda Cox

Pictured: Larry O’Neal, Rick Irving, Wanda Cox and Mary Staffeld

Airpower Foundation Board Changes 

Officers: Wanda Cox, Chairman, Jim Darwin, Vice Chairman, Bret Privitt, Secretary, Jim Thomason, Treasurer, Gene de Bullet Jr., Corporate Counsel

Directors: Sid Eppes, BG (Ret) Robin Akin, USA, Roman Palomares, Tamiko W. Bailey, Dr. Don Shelton

Emertis: John Kinnear

Advisors: Donald “Doc” Ballard, Medal of Honor Recipient, Mike Elliott, Don Weatherby, Bob Wood, Charlie Cripliver, Drew Davis, Keith Mundee Executive Assistant: Kelly Castonguay

Rudy’s B-B-Q Fundraiser May 1st- May 31st!

The Airpower Foundation is proud to have been selected as one of the military non-profit organizations to benefit from the Rudy’s Camo Cups campaign.

From May 1st through May 31st, stop into these Rudy’s Country Store and B-B-Q’s, purchase an entree with a Camo Cup and a portion of every purchase will benefit the Airpower Foundation! Good food, good company, great cause!

Locations participating: Denton, Frisco, Arlington, Allen, Fort Worth, Burleson

Panther Music Night with the Fort Worth Airpower Council

We are partnering up with our friends at the Fort Worth Air Power Council to bring DFW Panther Music Night! This is a limited seating event with live entertainment and all proceeds will be earmarked for Mental Health and Welfare Programs at the NAS Fort Worth JRB.

We are proud to work with the Fort Worth Air Power Council to raise the much needed funds to help support our home base. 

Sponsorships are available and seating will be limited to 300 people.

Here is the link for table or seat sales or how to make a direct donation!

Airpower Foundation EXCEEDS Fundraising Goal for POW Gala

The Airpower Foundation committed to raising funds to support the NAMPOW organization’s Vietnam POW’s 50th Anniversary Return to Freedom Reunion. Through your generous donations Airpower was able to come together with sponsors across the nation to support this historic reunion for some of our nation’s greatest heroes.

We will keep the Commemorative Bracelet Fundraiser open for a little while longer to help offset any last minute costs associated with this incredible event and show of support for our Vietnam Veterans.

Help us give these heroes the final reunion of a lifetime. 

You can learn about and support the Vietnam POW’s 50th Anniversary Return to Freedom Reunion by purchasing your own Commemorative POW bracelet here: https://airpowerfoundation.org/nampow/

Don’t let this final opportunity pass you by. Grab your bracelet today!

Stay tuned for our May newsletter and our social media where you will see the impact of these donation dollars being put to work for our Vietnam Veterans. 

Austin Allsup Supports the Military with the Help of the Airpower Foundation

Longtime friend to the Airpower Foundation, Austin Allsup generously donated over 90 tickets to the Airpower Foundation to his concert at Billy Bobs Texas on April 22nd. We were able to invite leadership and volunteers as well as active duty, reservist and veterans from NAS Fort Worth JRB and Dyess Air Force Base. We hosted a successful Facebook contest where some of the tickets went to service members and veterans that support the Airpower Foundation and Austin Allsup.

Pictured: Chairman Wanda Cox, Austin Allsup, Volunteer Coordinator Patty Herdlicka and Guests of the Airpower Foundation at Billy Bobs Texas.

Pictured: Austin Allsup on stage at Billy Bobs Texas.

Pictured: One winner of our Facebook contest. An Army Veteran and his wife came out all the way from Midland, TX to join us for a wonderful evening! 

Passing On Wisdom Event

The Airpower Foundation was invited by Robert Isom CEO of American Airlines and his wife Amy to attend the POW: Passing on Wisdom event on April 24th.

The evening was powerful and inspiring. We were able to hear Commander Porter Halyburton’s story of resiliency and forgiveness after his over 2,500 days of captivity.

We are grateful to have been invited and look forward to working with American Airlines at the 50th Reunion Return to Freedom Reunion for our former Vietnam Era POWs.

Airpower Foundation Volunteers at Roll Call Veterans Luncheon

The Airpower Foundation had some volunteers work the monthly Roll Call luncheon held at NAS Fort Worth JRB. Every month the Roll Call organization coordinates and executes a luncheon where veterans from all over DFW gather to attend. With keynote speakers, a great hot lunch, and a sense of belonging for our Veterans from all wars, the Airpower Foundation is proud to fund grants for and volunteer our time for such a wonderful cause. Thank you to Greyhound for sponsoring a bus to help more Veterans attend this morale event.

Pictured: Vice Chairman Jim Darwin, US Marine, APF Board Member Brig. Gen. Robin Akin, US Army (ret.), APF Ambassador Don Graves, WWII US Marine, Battle of Iwo Jima Survivor, APF Chairman Wanda Cox, APF Treasurer Jim Thomason, APF Executive Administrator Kelly Castonguay

Pictured: APF Executive Administrator Kelly Castonguay, APF Chairman Wanda Cox, APF Ambassador Don Graves, WWII US Marine, Battle of Iwo Jima Survivor, Former Fort Worth Air Power Council Chairman Col. Maritta Sumner, US Air Force (ret.), APF Vice-Chairman Jim Darwin, US Marine

Pictured: Roll Call Guest WII Veteran Cliff Stump & APF Chairman Wanda Cox


Sky Ball XXI News

We are launching Sky Ball XXI season on May 1st! 
Here is a sneak peek of what to expect from Sky Ball XXI: 
As always, we appreciate your support of Sky Ball – the nation’s largest event that raises funds for our military and their families!
POW Commemorative Bracelet

Don’t miss out on your chance to own this one-of-a-kind bracelet and support our former Prisoners of War. This fundraising effort will end on May 15th, 2023.
Don Graves’ Ireland Wish

Last Letters Podcast by Sky Ball Photographer and 7 time Military Photographer of the Year Jeremy Lock is raising funds to grant Don Graves’ last wish to go to Ireland for his 98th birthday! 
We all love Don, so donate to help make his wish come true!
Help us help Jeremy reach his goal by donating to
Don Graves’ Ireland Wish
We will not take a 2.9% fee like GoFundMe! 100% of funds will go to Don’s trip!
Our Contact Information
Airpower Foundation
PO Box 8728
Fort Worth, TX 76124