January 29, 2016




Colorado Springs, CO – AFCEA Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC) Board Members joined hundreds of community and military leaders, astronauts and enthusiastic supporters at the Reaching for Tomorrow dinner to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy on January 28, 2016 at The Antlers Hotel. AFCEA supported the event as a STEM sponsor with proceeds from the event benefiting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to underwrite space-based mission simulations for students and teachers at Challenger Learning Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs. AFCEA RMC President, Bob Wright, said, “We are proud partners with the Challenger Learning Center and the Colorado Springs community, promoting important STEM education awareness and goals.” Astronaut and the first military woman in space retired Lieutenant General Susan Helms was the keynote speaker. One of the highlights of the evening was the unveiling of the American Flag carried in the official flight kit onboard the final Challenger mission. As the Challenger wreckage was recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, rescuers found this flag, still in its sealed plastic bag, intact. The Challenger flag returned to Troop 514 by astronaut Guy Bluford on December 18, 1986, at Falcon Air Force Base, Colorado. Scoutmaster Michael Hite and Eagle Scout Seth Hudson with Boy Scout Troop 514 of Monument Colorado presented the flag at the dinner.

About Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Rocky Mountain Chapter

Chartered in 1955, the Rocky Mountain Chapter is the 6th largest AFCEA Chapter in the country. AFCEA provides a forum for military, government and industry communities to collaborate so that technology and strategy align with the needs of those who serve. We serve approximately 700 members within the NORAD, USNORTHCOM, AFSPC, USAFA, Cheyenne Mountain AFS and Buckley AFB communities. Our organization provides the Front Range community with over $100,000 annually in scholarships and grants to high school, college and graduate students, enlisted military, and other community partners who support STEM education


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