A scholarship fund will leave a lasting legacy for two U.S. Air Force officers Recently, a donor who wishes to remain anonymous established two endowed scholarships to support training opportunities and educational programs to help Airmen, the children of Airmen and their families through the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS). This donor’s career led her to work with Airmen in the U.S. Air Force (USAF). Because of this, she became a good friend and a trusted colleague of a USAF officer, and she has been a long-time friend of another general, both of whom are the named honorees of the scholarship funds. The two officers have been inspirational figures to the donor, and they set the example of how to serve selflessly with humility. It is out of her deep respect and admiration for the two officers that she set up the scholarships. The Society’s mission to provide educational support to Airmen and their families aligns with the donor’s professional background and personal philosophy and values, making AFAS a natural fit for her philanthropy. She hopes that the scholarships will allow current, retired and future Airmen and their families to pursue educational goals that will benefit themselves as well as the USAF. The endowment will have an intergenerational impact on the Society’s ability to continue its Airmen Helping Airmen mission.
The two great loves of Lila Hess’s life were her husband, retired USAF Colonel Alfred Sidney “Sid” Hess and the U.S. Air Force that he served in for more than 30 years. It is a fitting and poetic legacy, then, that the estate of Mrs. Hess has been graciously gifted to the Air Force Aid Society to help Airmen in need of assistance.
“Donating to AFAS is so important because the Society supports our greater Air Force family,” Thetis explains. She encourages people to “support AFAS so they can support us.” Thetis and her husband instilled this way of thinking in their kids. After MSgt Hoch passed away recently, both children asked that donations be made to AFAS in lieu of flowers, just a small way to pay it forward so that the Society may be there for another Air Force family.
Maureen Agan Bray has many family ties to the military. Her father, retired Major Joseph Vincent Agan, spent his career in the U.S. Air Force; her sister worked at Walter Reed Medical Center; and her brother-in-law retired from the Army.