AFCEA ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER SPONSORS 30th ANNIVERSARY CHALLENGER DINNER

Colorado Springs, CO, January 28, 2016 – 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. 

 

 

Photo Credit: Betty Sexton of KKTV 

 

THE AFCEA ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THE PETERSON AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

RMC President, Mr. Bob Wright, presented Gail L. Whalen, Director of the Peterson Air & Space Museum, with a grant at the September 2015 Luncheon to support the Broadmoor Hanger exhibit space expansion project. 

 

WE SUPPORT THE COLORADO CONSORTIUM FOR EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE EDUCATION!

From our friends at CCESSE: Thank you! On behalf of the Colorado Consortium for Earth and Space Science Education (CCESSE), the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado (CLCC), and students and teachers of Colorado, please accept our deep appreciation for your financial support.