Funds sought for airmen room

first_imgAida O’Connor, president of Hanford Home Loans, and the Edwards Air Force Base Civilian Military Support Group are seeking funds to establish an Internet cafe-style community room for the approximately 500 single airmen living on the base. The young single airmen who no longer have a base mess hall need a place to gather. Her objective is to provide the funds for such items as furniture, computers, televisions sets, coffee pots and microwaves, etc. O’Connor said it is estimated that $20,000 would be required to complete the project. She is looking to the community for donations to make this a reality. In the past, the support group has funded picnic tables and benches for the Chuck Yeager Sound Barrier Park and Flags of Honor Memorial Park. The Flags of Honor park near the Air Flight Test Center includes a semicircle of flagpoles and flags of the 50 states and six U.S. territories. During a visit to Patrick Air Force Base at Cape Canaveral, Fla., in 1988, O’Connor said that she and Antelope Valley leaders were so impressed with the base’s civilian support organization that they formed the Edwards Civ-Mil Support Group. The group serves as hosts in welcoming civic leaders visiting Edwards from other military bases and annually takes on projects that benefit the base. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! O’Connor has chaired a number of charitable endeavors including collecting and shipping 7,000 pairs of shoes to families in war-torn Afghanistan and provided 600 deployment bags to servicemen going to Iraq. Katie Corbett is a public relations consultant in the Antelope Valley. She posted this story April 19 on the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com. last_img

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