SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc. (“TB2”) announced the awarding of an aviation scholarship to James Kramer, a Yavapai College student who pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aerospace Science with a concentration in Flight Operations. TB2 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving aviation history in Scottsdale, Arizona, honoring all military veterans, creating unique educational opportunities for students across the Arizona studying all aspects of aviation and supporting Dogs4Vets.
Mr. Kramer served 5 years in the United States Navy as an aircraft handler and crash and rescue crew member aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Since his honorable discharge in 2019, Mr. Kramer has earned his private pilot certificate, instrument rating and commercial pilot certificate. He is currently working on his Certified Multi-Engine Flight Instructor and Instrument Flight Instructor qualifications. After completion, one of James’ immediate goals is to educate.
Steve Ziomek, Chairman and President of TB2, said, “It is gratifying to see the varied experiences and goals of our fellows. As a United States Navy veteran and outstanding student, while progressing rapidly through the flight training program, James has a unique positive attitude that will benefit him throughout his life.
Rudy R. Miller, Chairman of the TB2 Advisory Board and Scholarship Committee, said, “We welcome James as a deserving veteran among the TB2 Aviation Scholarship recipients. He is the first U.S. Navy veteran recipient, joining other U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps veterans. On behalf of TB2 and as a former member of the military, I want to thank them all for their service and commitment to their country.
Miller continued, “The TB2 scholarships have been won by superb aviation students, 50% of whom are veterans. We will be selecting 3 more Aviation Scholarship winners in the fall of 2022. TB2 could not carry out its mission without the financial and community support of individuals, businesses, veterans, participating universities, and Scottsdale Airport making our program a success!
Ashley Hust, of the Yavapai College Foundation, commented: “It’s clear that James is dedicated to flying and not afraid to challenge himself with advanced training. We are happy here at Yavapai College to be part of his transition from Navy to civilian life as a highly trained pilot.
About Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc.
Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2014 and based in Scottsdale, Arizona. During World War II, an airfield named Thunderbird Field II was built for the sole purpose of training pilots for the US Army Air Corps in 1942. Thunderbird Field II graduated over 5,500 male and female pilots, many of whom participated in military actions in Europe and the Pacific. The land and school were deactivated on October 16, 1944, sold to Arizona State Teachers College (ASU), then to the Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and finally to the city of Scottsdale in 1966 and is now known as Scottsdale Airport (KSDL).
The Aviation Scholarship Program provides scholarships to veteran and non-veteran Arizona resident students who meet specific criteria and attend Arizona State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Cochise College, Pima Community College or Yavapai College. TB2 has a permanent memorial at the entrance to Scottsdale Airport and a historical exhibit inside the facility honoring the service of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces as well as prisoners of war. For more information, please visit www.tbird2.org.
American Service Animal Society, dba Dogs4Vets, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling veterans with disabilities to live more productive lives through the use of service animals. Dogs4Vets helps veterans with disabilities train their own dog to be their service dog. They sponsor disabled veterans who qualify for life, at no cost, for service dog training and certification. Service dogs are trained to interact with the veteran and notice changes in body language, stress hormones and voice.
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