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Who We Are

The Airpower Foundation was established by the nation’s oldest military support organization.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with its roots dating back to 1958, when Air Force General Curtis LeMay and businessman/philanthropist Frank Kent created the Fort Worth Airpower Council dedicated to supporting the military community at Carswell Air Force Base.

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 along with the Medal of Honor Foundation 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.

Board of Directors

 

Roman Palomares, Chairman
Mr. Roman Palomares is the President of the Palomares Consulting Group (PCG), a management consulting firm that provides technical assistance to local government entities and housing agencies throughout the United States. He is an accomplished Federal Executive and Washington Fellow who retired from the Federal Government with approximately 40 years of service. As a Washington Fellow, he received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Washington D.C. Public Affairs Center in 1981. During his Federal career, Roman worked for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense. Palomares is currently Chairman of the Airpower Foundation and a past Chairman of the Fort Worth Airpower Council which is the oldest military support organization in the United States. He served in the United States Marine Corps and currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sid Eppes, Vice Chairman
Sid Eppes is a retired businessman and currently serves on the Board of the non-profit Airpower Foundation and Chairs the Grants Review Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Fort Worth Airpower Council, the oldest military support organization in the United States. Sid travels extensively representing the board in developing and maintaining relationships with our military.

After attending University of Texas at Arlington, he began a 40 year career in business working in senior management for Tandy Corporation, real estate development for Trammell Crow, CEO for oil & gas and real estate companies, and then founded Southwest Networks Inc., a fiber optic, voice and data wiring company, which he sold in 2008.

Sid is the First Honorary Commander of the 301st Fighter Wing, Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. He is also Vice-Chairman of the American Airlines Sky Ball, in support of the Airpower Foundation.

Sid is a lifelong resident of Arlington, Texas, and served in the Texas Army National Guard Reserve in Fort Worth. He and his wife, Lu, have four children, and seven grandchildren.


John Johnson, Treasurer
John Johnson is a tax director who joined Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP in Fort Worth in 1997 and continues to be based here. John has continuously served as a local CPA for more than 25 years. Prior to that, he was the President of a local Fort Worth business. He specializes in tax planning and compliance for private and public companies as well as high net worth families. He has experience in virtually all aspects of federal, state, and local taxation. John is licensed as a certified public accountant in the state of Texas and is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He currently also serves as the President of the Moslah Library and Museum Association. John has held numerous leadership positions within Fort Worth Masonic Associations, the Boys Scouts, Fort Worth Jaycees and youth sports associations as well as being a regular instructor for PricewaterhouseCoopers at the regional and national levels.

John Kinnear, Secretary
Upon graduation from the University of Arizona in 1958, John Kinnear became active in the medical device manufacturing field of Respiratory Care. He was a founder of two corporations in that field – serving as Chairman of the Board of lntec Medical Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. He also served on the Board of the American Association for Respiratory Care and was the inventor of several oxygen delivery systems that currently remain in use today. Kinnear joined the staff of Governor Ronald Reagan in 1980 and later joined the White House staff as Associate Director of Presidential Personnel. In 1982 he was named Assistant to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Elizabeth Dole. He resigned from the Reagan Administration in 1988 to concentrate on the needs of military families as a member of the Fort Worth Airpower Council. Later he became Chairman of that entity and is now the Vice Chairman of the Airpower Foundation. Furthermore, Kinnear is presently Chairman of the Board of the Georgetown Rail Equipment Company; a Texas corporation.

Maj Gen (Ret) Kevin E. Pottinger, USAF
Maj Gen Kevin E. Pottinger retired 30 June 2015 as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. He serves for the Governor of Texas as a Commissioner and Chairman of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Airpower Foundation and Board of Advisors for the Fort Worth Air Power Council and Warrior Canine Connection Maj Gen Pottinger is a native of Tucson, Arizona and was commissioned in 1976 after completing the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program as a Distinguished Graduate at Arizona State University. He completed Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1978 as a Distinguished Graduate at Reese Air Force Base, Texas then entered the Air Force Reserve in 1991 after spending 15 years on Active Duty. Maj Gen Pottinger flew the F-4 and F-16. He has performed duties as an Instructor Pilot, Flight Examiner, Flight Commander, Weapons Officer, Follow On Test and Evaluation pilot¨ Safety Officer, Operations Officer, Commander of the 301 Fighter Wing, NAS JRB Ft Worth, and Commander of the Air Reserve Personnel Center, Denver Colorado.

In 1999, Maj Gen Pottinger retired from the Air Force Reserve and flew for American Airlines. After September 11, 2001, he requested a military leave of absence from the airline and Re-entered the Air Force Reserve in February 2002.


Captain James Palmersheim
Jim earned his bachelor’s degree and received a Regular Army Commission in 1984 as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC Program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was selected for follow-on training as an Aviation Intelligence Officer and subsequently transitioned to the RU-21H and OV-1D Reconnaissance aircraft. Jim left active duty in January 1990 to pursue a career as a pilot with American Airlines. With the exception of a recall to active duty in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Jim served in the US Army Reserves until 1995, flying UH-1H Huey Helicopters.

In 2002, Jim and a group of volunteers flew Vietnam-era Huey Helicopter 65-10091 in support of the documentary film, “In the Shadow of the Blade.” In 2004, Jim spearheaded the delivery and donation of Huey 091 to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where it is the largest artifact in a major 30-year exhibit, “The Price of Freedom, Americans at War.” Jim serves in an advisory role to the Huey 091 Foundation, whose purpose is to educate future generations about the Price of Freedom and to provide resources, such as the iBOT mobility device, to severely wounded service members.

Jim serves on the board of Snowball Express, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create new memories for the children of fallen service members killed on active duty since September 11, 2001. American Airlines is the official airline of Snowball Express, donating the use of charter aircraft and airfare to transport nearly 1,500 family members to the annual event each December. Jim serves on the board of the Gary Sinise Foundation, established in 2011 to serve military service members and their families.

Jim served as Honorary Commander 457th Fighter Squadron, NAS JRB Fort Worth from 2010-2011 and in 2010 was named an Honorary Nightstalker with the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment based at Fort Campbell Kentucky.

In 2007, Jim was named Managing Director – Veterans Initiatives at American Airlines and also flies as a Captain on the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft. Jim and his wife, Patricia, reside in Colleyville, Texas, with their daughter Lauren, who is in her senior year at the University of Oklahoma. Their son, Josh, is a Captain in the Army and served in Iraq and Afghanistan as Pilot in Command of the Army RC-12 aircraft. He was recently hired as a pilot by American Airlines.


Gene deBullet
Mr. de Bullet is a graduate of Paschal High School, Texas Christian University and St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio where he was on the Dean’s List. He is in his 43rd year of continuous private practice in Tarrant County, Texas. Including family law issues, he previously practiced with Frank Coffey Tarrant County District Attorney Office, Jack Beach and Bill Wardlaw Brown. Mr. de Bullet is licensed in all Texas Courts, in Federal District (Northern and Western District of Arkansas). Mr. de Bullet is also certified surety for Bail Bonds in criminal cases. Mr. de Bullet is a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is also a member of Texas Trial Lawyers and Tarrant County Family. He served on the Board of Directors for Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for six years and was president of Tarrant County Criminal Bar for two years. Mr. de Bullet’s practice is a general trial practice with concentration in Family, Injury Law and Criminal Defense.

Thomas Mathew
Don Shelton
Jeremy Berlin
Harold Turney

Advisors

  • Frank Padilla

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