Dear Members and Friends of Wings Over the Rockies:
As we continue to celebrate our 20th anniversary, Wings Over the Rockies is busier than ever before in our history. A scan of news and events on our website will reveal exciting activities made possible by hard work of staff and volunteers.
It is not uncommon to have 3-4 important events for our members and guests in a single week. In a recent week, we dedicated a new exhibit, the EA-6B “Prowler.” The next night, we hosted a “Sock Hop” Hangar Dance to enthusiastic feedback that called it our best ever. In the same week, we held the first of our three-part Distinguished Lecture Series. And we hosted the first of several Parents’ Information Nights for a new Wings Aerospace Academy!
Many of these new activities are the result of outstanding staff leadership, including a new Chief Operating Officer, Mark Hyatt; Controller, Jessica King; Director of Advancement, Colleen Murray and Director of Education, Rob Stannard. Mark is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy whose career includes fighter pilot experience and 12 years leading education organizations at the local, state and national levels. Jessica comes to us with great experience from the Denver Art Museum. Colleen’s broad background includes marketing and business development, preparing her for a transition to a culture of support through the valuable time, talent and treasure of our Wings family. And Rob’s background as an aerospace engineer and school superintendent is ideal for the launch of a new aerospace charter school program.
Meanwhile, down at Centennial Airport, site work has begun for phased construction of Wings’ new Exploration of Flight education and technology center. This second facility will complement the exciting growth of our heritage center at Lowry with leading edge, aerospace-based initiatives beside runway 10-28 at Centennial Airport.
The continuing thread through these exciting developments is a mission to education and inspire through flight, harkening to the founding purposes that the Wings Board of Directors and dedicated volunteers established back in 1994. Like the 112 year history of flight itself, nothing comes easy, and change is a constant.
Rest assured Wings Over the Rockies will strive to justify your support as visitors, volunteers, members and contributors for our founding principles, and the highest aspirations of our next generation.