It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of LTC James “Maggie” Megellas, U.S. Army (Ret.). Maggie was the most decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division, and a true hero. After his service in WWII, he went on to work with President Kennedy as his Ambassador to Yemen, he lead the effort to integrate Vietnamese refugees into American society at the end of the Vietnam War, re-established diplomatic relations with Panama in the 70’s, and even developed a course at the Florida Institute of Technology on Global Economics. He then wrote his best selling book by hand at the age of 80, “All the way to Berlin: A Paratrooper At War in Europe” We are grateful to have celebrated his 103rd birthday a few weeks ago, and his legacy will continue to inspire many for years to come. He touched many lives, and we couldn’t have been more proud to have him as a part of the Airpower Foundation family, and enjoyed many memorable moments together over the past 12 years. He will be dearly missed, and may he rest in peace. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to the entire Megellas family.
Our premier fundraising event, Airpower Foundation Sky Ball, has raised over $20 million since its inception thanks to our generous sponsors. Sky Ball has grown from a single evening fundraising dinner, to a three-day weekend of events honoring our nation’s military and their families. Events over the weekend include educational outreach programs to local area schools, a concert for military and families Friday evening, culminating with the Black-Tie Sky Ball Gala hosted inside the brand new Globe Life Field with the Texas Rangers! There simply is no other event in the country that matches the size and scope of Sky Ball.