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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 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


Sid Eppes, Chairman
Sid Eppes is Chairman of the Airpower Foundation, an all volunteer organization supporting our military. Each year they raise funds through their annual Sky Ball, with support from American Airlines. He serves as Chairman of Sky Ball, our nation’s largest military fundraiser. Last year they were able to fund over 72 organizations to benefit our troops and their families.

Sid served as Chairman of the Fort Worth Air Power Council, the oldest civilian military support organization in the United States. He is the first Honorary Commander of the 301st Fighter Wing, Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas. Sid travels extensively representing the Airpower Foundation in developing and maintaining relationships with our military.

He is a lifelong resident of Arlington, Texas. After attending the University of Texas at Arlington, Sid began a 40-year career in business working in senior management for Tandy Corporation, real estate development for Trammel Crow, and CEO for oil & gas and real estate companies. In 1995 he founded Southwest Networks Inc., a fiber optic, voice and data wiring company. In 2008 he sold his business and retired to begin his volunteer work.

Sid served in the Texas Army National Guard.

Gene deBullet, Secretary
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.

Roman Palomares
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.

Jim Thomason
Jim Thomason is a residential land developer and home builder. His military career consisted of 4 years active duty and 11 years in the US Army Reserves. Jim was a Helicopter Pilot during his military service and spent one year in Vietnam Nam with the 1st Cavalry Division. Jim and his wife Donna have 2 grown sons and 7 grandchildren. Jim has been a long time member of the Ft Worth Airpower Council, Chairman of the military committee for the PGA golf tournament in Ft Worth and Vice Chairman of the committee to obtain the annual convention of the Medal of Honor Society in Ft Worth for the year 2020. Jim is also a Board Member of the AirPower Foundation.

Don Shelton
Dr Don Shelton is the founder and Chairman and CEO of Air Radio Network, Inc.  He established the company to provide a unique way of learning and communication for students, parents and families of private schools.  The initial program at The Oakridge School in Arlington, Texas proved to be very successful.  The program has since been expanded to additional locations.

Shelton was co-founded and CEO of American Independent Network, Inc, and served as President of seven television stations.  American Independent Network broadcasted 24 hours per day via satellite, and had over 150 affiliate television stations and television cable systems throughout the United States.

Shelton was a Presidential Appointee in the Reagan Administration as the Regional Representative of the Secretary of the US Department of Transportation and Vice Chairman of the Southwest Federal Regional Council for eight years.  He is also a past Chairman of the Fort Worth Airpower Council.

Dr Shelton’s notable achievements include raising $150,000 to $$200,000 annually for charities playing Santa Claus, leader on the team that did the famous Wendy’s commercial “Where’s the Beef?”, and a double for Richard Attenborough in the movies Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park.

Dr. Shelton received degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Kansas University and the Philanthropy Tax Institute.  He received a doctorate degree in English Literature from Louisiana Baptist University.

U.S. Army Brigadier General (Ret.) Robin Akin
Robin Babb Akin Brigadier General U.S Army General Officer (Retired) and now a senior executive with over 36 years of management and leadership experience directing the activities of organizations and agencies. Extensive worldwide logistics experience leading operations of organizations ranging in size from 100 to 25,000 personnel. Senior level military and civilian experience in the areas of strategic and operational planning, petroleum, transportation (rail, truck, sea, air and movement), end-to-end distribution, supply chain, ammunition, engineering, energy, property accountability and personnel management. After working in the Aerospace field for 3 years after retirement, Robin was selected and sworn back in the United States Army on 4 September 2017 to serve as a member of the Senior Army Executive Service. She is currently a HQ Combined Armed Center Senior Highly Expert Mentor for our US Army General Officer Leaders and their staffs. She has been a member of the Airpower Council since 2013 and a member of the Airpower Foundation Board since 2017.

Mrs. Tamiko Bailey
Mrs. Tamiko Bailey is the President/CEO of Bailey’s Premier Services, a multi-state defense contractor that provides aircraft maintenance and other support services to the United States government and state/local agencies.
Tamiko has over 25 years of combined military and industry experience. During her military career, she worked in an aviation environment supporting an F-15/F-16 squadron and she served two tours of duty in Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch-No Fly Zone (33rd FW/ 59th FS). She has also been fortunate to work for Fortune 100/500 defense contractors. Working in these environments provided additional valuable work experiences within the aviation industry.

Tamiko has an AA in Accounting from Okaloosa-Walton Community College, BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington and MBA from the University of Phoenix. Tamiko is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds a certificate in Earned Value Management.

She is a native of Fort Worth and she volunteers countless hours to support the community and veterans events.


Col. Donald “Doc” Ballard, Medal of Honor
Mike Elliott U.S. Army Golden Knights (Ret.)

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