Sid Eppes, Chairman of the Board of the Airpower Foundation. He discusses the Foundation and the Upcoming Major Event of the Year SkyBall, which takes place on October 3,4,5,6th in Dallas, Texas. The American Airlines Sky Ball is the premier fundraising event for one of the oldest military support organizations in the US, the Airpower Foundation which was formed by the Fort Worth Airpower Council.
The mission of the Airpower Foundation has grown since it’s formation in 1999, and is now a nationwide program dedicated to supporting active duty, reserve and National Guard families. Airpower also supports projects to assist wounded, ill or injured service members, children of our fallen military, veterans of previous wars and educational projects to make sure the next generation understands the honor and sacrifice of wearing the cloth of this country.
The Airpower Foundation board of directors is a diverse group of professionals who volunteer their time and are dedicated to the proposition that freedom is not free. It is their noble mission to assist deployed military families, wounded, ill or injured service members, and veterans of past wars. They spend countless hours visiting military installations and families, assessing needs and grant requests. They are instrumental in providing leadership to organize and execute numerous projects every year in support of military families.
The American Airlines Sky Ball is the premier fundraising event for one of the oldest military support organizations in the US, the Airpower Foundation which was formed by the Fort Worth Airpower Council. Sky Ball has allowed the Airpower Foundation to contribute solely to funding projects that directly support the members and families of all branches of our military, veterans and wounded, ill, or injured service members and their families. Last year, Sky Ball raised more than $3.1 million to support our military through contingency funds at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and other military support organizations mentioned below.
The Airpower Foundation was founded to be a nationwide 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting active duty, reserve and National Guard families. The direct donations and sponsorships help support the children of our fallen military heroes, projects such as helping amputee and burn survivors transition to civilian life, providing advanced technology “smart” homes to severely wounded service members through our support of the Gary Sinise Foundation, kayak fishing expeditions for physically and emotionally challenged veterans, and so much more. For More information go to https://airpowerfoundation.com
Our next guest is Rick Smith, Founder and CEO of Axon he will be discussing his new book “The End of Killing” Explores How Technology Can Help Solve Some of the World’s Greatest Problems. In a newly released book, The End of Killing, author Rick Smith attempts to illustrate something that can be done about one of the world’s greatest and longest-lasting problems. Rick is the CEO and founder of Axon, the global leader of connected technologies for public safety. He has devoted his career to understanding why and how we kill each other.
In The End of Killing, he reviews the history of weaponry and warfare as well as the latest technologies in crowd control, surveillance, and artificial intelligence. For more information please visit: www.endofkilling.com
Our last guest is Shanon Cook the Spotify trends expert for TV, radio and online and is a music journalist who has interviewed many of the world’s top performers, including Sting, Annie Lennox, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Pharrell Williams, Harry Connick Jr. and Yo-Yo Ma. For more than ten years her reports have broadcast worldwide in more than 200 countries on CNN International and in the U.S. on CNN and HLN. She has also appeared on CBS’ Entertainment Tonight program, BBC America, ABC and Fusion.