San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame 2020 Awards Dinner

Event Date 26 March 2020 (postponed due to COVID19)

The Dee Howard Foundation has issued the following statement by its Chair on behalf of the DHF Board of Directors

The Dee Howard Foundation Board of Directors met on Friday, 13 March 2020 at which it was agreed that:

  • Due to concerns about the welfare of our community, the attendees, and staff at the event, and in compliance with the San Antonio Mayor’s Declaration of Public Health Emergency issued on Friday (13 March 2020) prohibiting gatherings in excess of 500 people (we have over 700 scheduled to attend), the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame 2020 Awards Dinner scheduled to be held on 26 March 2020 will not be held on that date but will be rescheduled to another date. Once we have sufficient information we will make an informed decision;
  • To be crystal clear, this event is not being canceled. It will be re-scheduled, there will be a Hall of Fame event honoring the Class of 2020 Inductees, the 2020 SEEA Honorees, and a Special Tribute to the 4th Allied P.O.W. Wing;
  • We will advise all of our education partners and grant recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year that DHF will meet its commitments to each of them.

Everyone involved with this event is terribly disappointed our 5th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner will not be held on 26 March 2020. This decision was not taken lightly, but we are confident we made the right decision. We are grateful for the tremendous support we have received from everyone involved in organizing, supporting and planning to attend this event, but the welfare of all of them and our community is paramount.

THERE WILL BE A HALL OF FAME EVENT. THE ONLY QUESTION AT THIS POINT IS THE DATE. When it does happen, based on the feedback we have already received, we expect to have the same guests, aircraft, and exhibitors (including Blue Sky Educational Foundation, NCASE, AND ALL OF YOU) as originally planned for 26 March 2020.

Updates will be sent to organizers and attendees via email. We will also be post details on this 2020 Hall of Fame web page and on DHF social media. Please bookmark this page on the DHF website and the LinkedIn page. In the interim, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Wayne I. Fagan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at any time.

These are challenging times but we will get through it together. On behalf of The Dee Howard Foundation, its Board of Directors, and the children we serve we thank you all for your friendship and support.

All the best

Wayne I. Fagan
Chair The Dee Howard Foundation


We invite you to participate in this historic event by attending the annual awards dinner on 26 March 2020 (to be rescheduled) and becoming engaged in associated event activities.

To honor San Antonio’s Aviation and Aerospace History and to nurture our future generations of innovators, The Dee Howard Foundation (DHF) has joined together, in collaboration with other local, state, and national partners, to organize the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame 2020 Awards Dinner to be hosted by GDC Technics at their state of the art hangar at Port San Antonio.

The 2020 Hall of Fame will feature a reception with entertainment provided by the Southwest High School Mariachi Band, dinner with the presentation of the Colors by the 433rd Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem by Lt. Col. Kat Strus, D.M. (USAF Ret.), induction of 2020 Honorees, the presentation of the third annual DHF STEM Education Excellence Award (SEEA), and a display of current and vintage US Military and civilian aircraft. There will also be exhibits by some of DHF's education partners.

The San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame is privileged to announce that the Hon. Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of the City of San Antonio, will open the 2020 Awards Dinner and that Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI), educator, two-time shuttle astronaut, first African-American to complete a spacewalk, and 2017 Inductee to the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame will be the Keynote Speaker. Brig. Gen. David E. Petersen (USAF Ret.) Executive Vice President of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, will be the MC of this historic event.

To learn more about how you can help honor San Antonio’s aviation and aerospace history and STEM teachers we invite you to revisit this web page and the DHF Facebook page where we will post further updates as plans progress.

For information on the mission of the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame and its cooperating organizations, visit the SAAAHoF web page.

To view the Hall of Fame event history we invite you to visit the other annual event pages. 


    Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

    Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

    The Dee Howard Foundation is honored to announce that Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. will be the Keynote Speaker at the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame 2020 Awards Dinner on 26 March 2020.

    The Dee Howard Foundation is honored to announce that Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. will be the Keynote Speaker at the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame 2020 Awards Dinner on 26 March 2020.

    Dr. Harris is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) and leads the organization’s efforts to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement in STEM education across the country. He has been involved in math and science education for more than 25 years through the Harris Institute & Foundation and as a founding board member for NMSI.

    Dr. Harris has stated that “As a dreamer, I often encourage young people that ‘nothing is impossible, if you believe in your dreams.’ For that to happen, we as educators and education advocates must provide students with the tools to empower their dreams. Ultimately, we all benefit through those accomplishments.”

    A veteran astronaut, Dr. Harris has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space. He was the first African-American to complete a spacewalk. While at NASA, he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend Astronaut stays in space.

    Prior to NMSI, Dr. Harris was CEO and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm that invests in early- to mid-stage healthcare technologies and companies. He is a member of the Board of Directors for U.S. Physical Therapy (Nasdaq: USPH), JSA Health and Monebo Technologies. He serves as a Trustee for Salient Fund, Salient MF Trust, and Barings Fund & Trust. In addition, he is on the Board of the National Academy of Medicine, the Texas Medical Center, HealthConnect, NMSI, the Harris Institute & Foundation, and The Dee Howard Foundation.

    Dr. Harris graduated from Sam Houston High School in San Antonio and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston, a Master of Medical Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston and a Doctorate of Medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a National Research Council Fellowship in Endocrinology at the NASA Ames Research Center and trained as a Flight Surgeon at the Aerospace School of Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base. He is also a licensed private pilot and certified scuba diver.

    Dr. Harris is the recipient of numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Stony Brook University, Morehouse School of Medicine, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Washington & Jefferson College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Hartford, and Indiana Institute of Technology. He’s also been awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Award of Merit, and the 2000 Horatio Alger Award.

    He is the author of “Dream Walker: A Journey of Achievement and Inspiration ” and a 2017 Inductee to the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame.


    June Scobee Rodgers, Ph.D.

    June Scobee Rodgers

    June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Richard “Dick” Scobee, has dedicated her time and energy to continue the crew’s educational mission. Immediately following the tragedy, Dr. Rodgers channeled grief into action and led the Challenger shuttle families, along with others, to create Challenger Center – a living tribute to their loved ones, one of the Challenger Centers, known as the Scobee Education Center, was opened in October 2014 on the Campus of San Antonio College. Dr. Rodgers serves as a Founding Chairman of the Challenger Center, where each year hundreds of thousands of students participate in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused programs. Dr. Rodgers is an educator, author, and speaker, and an inspiration to everyone she meets. As an educator, Dr. Rodgers has appeared on numerous national television programs promoting innovative educational partnerships, and has served on the President’s National Advisory Council on Education. Dr. Rodgers is personally proud of the fact that she has taught in every grade-level classroom from kindergarten through college. In 2015, Dr. Rodgers received the distinguished Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. Originally from Alabama, Dr. Rodgers grew up in San Antonio. Dr. Rodgers holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, a Master’s from Chapman College, CA, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Charleston Southern University, S.C. Dr. Rodgers graduated from Harlandale High School and then attended San Antonio College where she later received an Honorary Associate’s Degree. Dr. Rodgers is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Leicester, England.

    Col. Thomas M. McNish, M.D. MPH (USAF Ret.)

    Col. Thomas M. McNish, M.D. MPH (USAF Ret.)

    Tom McNish attended North Carolina State University for one year before entering the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1960. McNish graduated and was commissioned a 2d Lt on June 3, 1964, and completed Undergraduate Pilot Training and was awarded his pilot wings in September 1965 at Williams AFB, Arizona. He next completed F-105 Thunderchief combat crew training before being assigned to the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Takhli Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, in June 1966. Lt McNish was shot down over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War on September 4, 1966, while flying his 45th combat mission in Southeast Asia. After spending 2,373 days in captivity, he was released during Operation Homecoming on March 4, 1973. He was briefly hospitalized to recover from his injuries at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, before beginning his pre-medicine classes at Emory University. Capt McNish graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in June 1978 and interned in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He completed a family practice residency in 1981 and then began a residency in Aerospace Medicine at Brooks AFB, Texas, where he graduated in June 1983. During this time he was selected for the USAF Pilot-Physician program. Dr. McNish served as Chief of Aeromedical Services and Commander of the Air Transportable Hospital at Myrtle Beach AFB, South Carolina, from December 1983 to May 1985, and then as Commander of the USAF Hospital at Myrtle Beach, where he served until July 1986. During this time, he maintained mission-ready qualification in the A-10 Thunderbolt II, flying with the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, and was designated by Tactical Air Command as the weapons system flight surgeon for the A-10. Col McNish next served as Commander of the 833rd Medical Group and the 833rd Tactical Hospital at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, from July 1986 to October 1988. He flew the AT-38 Talon with the 479th Tactical Training Wing while at Holloman. He was then assigned as Chief of Flight Medicine in the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General until June 1991, when he became the Command Surgeon in the Office of the Air Force Reserve at the Pentagon, where he served until his retirement from the Air Force on July 1, 1994.Col.McNish is a member and currently serves as President of the 4th Allied P.O.W. Wing.


    San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame 2020 Awards Dinner

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    The Dee Howard Foundation thanks all of our sponsors for their support of the 2020 Hall of Fame and all of the DHF Pre-K thru 12 Initiatives throughout the year.

    2020 Platinum Sponsors

    GDC Technics
    Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Port San Antonio

    2020 Gold Sponsors

    Alamo Colleges District - San Antonio College
    Lewis Air Legends
    Pizza Hut
    Southwest Research Institute
    ST Engineering
    UTSA Engineering
    Valero Energy Corporation
    VT Aerospace, Inc. | ST Aerospace San Antonio, L.P.

    2020 Silver Sponsors

    2020 Bronze Sponsors

    San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

    Alamo Academies

    Blue Sky Educational Foundation


    City of San Antonio Department of Aviation

    EAA Chapter 35

    Hallmark University

    National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education

    National Math + Science Initiative

    Pre-K 4 SA

    San Antonio Manufacturers Association

    University of the Incarnate Word - School of Osteopathic Medicine

    Wayne and Barbara Alexander

    WEX Foundation

    Women in Aviation Alamo City Chapter


    San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace
    Hall of Fame Awards Dinner

    GDC Technics
    607 Luke Dr, San Antonio, TX 78226

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    Program Brochure

    Location: GDC Technics at Port San Antonio, 607 N. Frank Luke Dr., San Antonio, TX 78226

    Date: 26 March 2020 Time:

    Reception: 6 p.m to 7 p.m

    Dinner, speeches and awards: 7 p.m to 9:30 p.m.

    Note: A full event program brochure will be posted at this link a few days after the event.

    • 2020 Awards Dinner