TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 5, 2021 – Tampa Bay Defense Alliance (TBDA) President Donna Huneycutt and Airlift/Tanker Association (A/TA) Chairman Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, USAF (Ret) presented the 2021 Tampa Bay Trophy to Mr Kevin Twohig from Fairchild Air Force Base, WA at the annual Airlift Tanker Association Convention in Orlando, FL on October 29, 2021.
The Tampa Bay Trophy recognizes a civic leader whose lifetime achievement and distinguished service to the United States Air Force and Air Mobility Command (AMC) epitomizes the synergy between civilian and military communities.
Mr Twohig distinguished himself as a renowned community leader and advocate for Spokane, Washington whose Forward Fairchild committee leadership strengthened the relationship between Fairchild AFB and the local community. His dedication and passionate, continuous commitment to the air mobility community, its Airmen and their families, and the United States Air Force enhanced the Air Force mission, improved the quality of life for all our Airmen, and secured Air Mobility Command’s mission across the globe.
Huneycutt and McNabb were joined at the presentation by AMC Deputy Commander Brian S. “Smokey” Robinson, AMC Command Chief Master Sergeant Brian P. Kruzelnick, 92d Air Refueling Wing Commander Colonel Cassius Bentley, A/TA President Chief Master Sergeant (ret) Mike Kerver and A/TA Senior Vice President Lt. Gen. (ret) Charles L. Johnson II. At the ceremony, Donna Huneycutt said “Thank you for joining us tonight to celebrate the importance of community partnerships and community leaders to supporting the Air Force’s mission, people, and families. The Tampa Bay Defense Alliance takes great pride in recognizing Kevin Twohig’s lifetime of service to the Fairchild Air Force Base community.”
About the Tampa Bay Trophy
The Tampa Bay Trophy was created in 2016 by the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance and honors a civilian each year for their distinguished service and contributions to our country’s Air Force servicemen and women. The Trophy, one-of-a-kind bronze sculpture by Steve Dickey, Tampa’s unofficial sculptor laureate, highlights the true spirit of the Tampa Bay Community and recognizes the service of the patriots who receive the prestigious award.
About the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance
The Tampa Bay Defense Alliance (TBDA) was formed in 2012 to champion our defense community by connecting our civilians to our military. The TBDA represents an eight-county region covering Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Manatee, Hernando, and Citrus. Speaking as One Team with One Voice, TBDA collaborates and cooperates with our community partners on issues of importance to the defense and military communities in our region. The TBDA promotes a collaborative and engaging environment that vigorously supports a robust and growing defense community. United in actions, we are a forum of strategic thinkers that provide vital linkage to all organizations supporting our military personnel and their families.
About the Airlift Tankers Association
The Airlift/Tanker Association (A/TA) is the world’s premier professional non-profit association for the Air Mobility community embracing innovation, promoting operational excellence, raising awareness, and understanding of the value of global mobility. The A/TA works across the DOD and Air Mobility Enterprise promoting a deeper understanding, appreciation, and reinforcement of Air Mobility heritage, culture, values, and relationships.