Mia Curb - Retired Senior Chief
Retired Senior Chief Mia Curb currently works as a Manager for Amazon. Prior to retirement she served as the Senior Enlisted Leader for Commander, Naval Information Force Reserve Command in Fort Worth, TX. She is a native of Baytown, Texas, and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School class of 1998. Mia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Northwood University in June 2019 where she graduated top of her class (Cum Laude).
Her 21 years of active duty assignments include: Recruit Training Command (September 1998 – November 1998); Assault Craft Unit ONE in San Diego, CA (December 1998 - March 2001); United States Ship JOHN C. STENNIS CVN 74 (March 2001 – February 2003) stationed in San Diego, CA; Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 10 in San Diego, CA (April 2003 – March 2004); Sea Land and Air Team SEVEN stationed in San Diego, CA (March 2004 – December 2007); Training Support Center San Diego, CA (December 2007 – September 2011); United States Ship SAN DIEGO LPD 22 in San Diego, CA (October 2011 – August 2014); Commander Naval Information Force Reserve Command in Fort Worth, TX (September 2014 – September 2019).
She is married to Keir Curb (KC) of Chicago, Illinois. Together they have raised four children: Operation Specialist (USN) Demicio Curb, Keir Curb, Zion Curb and Hudson Curb.
Rick Irving - Real Estate Broker and Photojournalist
Rick Irving is a Real Estate Broker and a Photojournalist. He is a second-generation Real Estate Broker whose family has been involved in Texas Real Estate for over 60 years. He also enjoyed a career with Lockheed Martin, retiring from there in 2017.
Rick’s hobby as a photojournalist has given him the opportunity to serve as a volunteer for over 60 non-profit national, state, and local organizations documenting their events through his photography.
Rick and his wife Susan, both Army Veterans have 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren and look forward to a few more. Rick is a member of Roll Call Veterans Group and Fort Worth Air Power Council. He serves a ringside photographer for Texas Golden Gloves. He worked with other Great Americans to establish the Fort Hood and Brazos River Valley Chapters of Heroes on the Water. He enjoys time with his family, kayak fishing, and photography.
Greg Meyer- Financial Advisor
Greg Meyer is a financial advisor, principal at First Command Financial Services. He joined them in 2002, bringing 18 years of financial industry experience to the position.
Greg studied finance at the University of Tulsa, he holds a registered investment advisor principal designation. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
As a First Command Financial Advisor, Greg is committed to helping military clients pursue their financial goals and lifetime dreams by bringing sound financial knowledge and trustworthy advice to a lasting relationship with each individual and family he serves.
An avid volunteer in local youth sports, Greg understands the importance of coaching and applies that understanding in coaching his clients toward productive, lifelong financial habits.
Greg is a resident of Granbury Texas; he is married with two children.
Roger Peimann - Executive
Roger Peimann moved to Texas in 1978. His entire career was revolved around sales to the Electrical Power industry: cable, connectors, transformers, etc.
Roger retired in 2011. He and his wife Eileen have been married 55 years, and they have 2 children. Their daughter is a Methodist minister in Spring, Texas and their son is a nursing home administrator in Forney, Tx.
In his retirement, Roger enjoys playing golf, and volunteers for several organizations. He has been named “Honorary Commander” for the 301st Fighter Wing as part of the “Wings of Honor” program in the US Air Force. Roger also serves as Treasurer for the Fort Worth Air Power Council.
Kevin Pottinger - Retired Major General
Maj Gen Kevin E. Pottinger, retired on 30 June 2015 after 39 years of military service in the United States Air Force. He now serves for the Governor of Texas as a Commissioner and Chairman of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and Chairman of the Freedom Mobility Foundation.
Pottinger was commissioned in 1976 after completing the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Arizona State University. He completed Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1978 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 Phantom and F-16 Fighting Falcon. He was Commander of the 301st Fighter Wing, at Naval Air Station Ft Worth Joint Reserve Base, Commander of the Air Reserve Personnel Center in Denver, Colorado, Director under the Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs at the Pentagon, and Mobilization Assistant to the Commander of the Pacific Air Forces.
In 1999, Maj Gen Pottinger retired from the Air Force Reserve and flew for American Airlines. After 9/11, he requested a military leave of absence from the airline and re-entered the Air Force Reserve.
Maj Gen Pottinger is the recipient of many awards and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal.
Maritta Sumner - Retired Colonel
Maritta L. Sumner was born in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Central High School, St. Joseph, Missouri. She was awarded The Calla Varner Scholarship for all studies at St. Mary's Kansas City, Missouri. Later she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of California, in Health Services Administration. Postgraduate studies culminated in 2 Masters and a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Business Ethics. Listed in Medical, Military, Latino American, Women’s and Business Who's Who.
Her early civilian career encompassed various nursing, management, and research positions in Kansas City, Missouri. In July 1971, Maritta Sumner accepted an U.S. Air Force commission where she received accelerated promotions while on active duty. In 1975, she continued her civilian and military career with the Texas Air National Guard.
Colonel Sumner provided support during Desert Shield and Storm. Upon special request of active duty components she was extended twice after Desert Storm.
Accomplishments include: first female to reach the promotion levels of both Lt Col and Colonel in the Texas Air National Guard. Additionally, she was the first Texas representative selected to serve in Eastern Europe. Her assistance in the Partnership for Peace and State Partnership Programs serve as a milestone for those that followed.
She assumed a commander’s position as the first female and nurse for the 136th Medical Squadron. She provided command leadership as proven by a humanitarian mission for Honduran nationals in remote villiages, where they set record-breaking numbers. In April 2000 Col Sumner again needed to fill the senior medical role for the state of Texas and transferred back to State Headquarters for a second tour. Col Sumner officially retired from her position as the State Medical Officer in September 2001.
While serving as Commander, as well as State Medical Officer, a private practice evolved from her Critical Care foundation, resulting with requests for health care management and health clinical consultation. Expansion in referrals resulted in a contract as Chief Executive Officer while simultaneous consultation continued with various health care resources. Meanwhile Masavic Inc., her real estate investment company, continues to expand.
From 2010 to 2020 Maritta assumed ownership of SumCo, LP a petroleum component manufacturing company established by her late husband, Cyril Sumner. With full-time attention to the needs of this company, resulted in turning around a downtrend. Her plans to continue SumCo’s progressive growth proved beneficial and expanded in support of contracts outside of the petroleum industry.
As an active small business owner she is involved in community activities impacting: Social issues: Recovery Resource Council, past Chair and current Advisory Board Member; additionally volunteers at public and private schools;
Military issues: active & reserve levels as an Ombudsman for ESGR well as other related military support organizations, Fort Worth AirPower Council, Board Officer; Governor’s Committee to Support the Military; Congressional Selection Board for Military Academy;
Business community: in Fort Worth/Dallas, FW Civic Leaders, Board Member
Responsible involvement in our Founding Father’s vision for our country: establishing multiple Christian based and/or Constitution based Foundations while actively supporting those already established.
Jim Thomason - Real Estate Developer and Home Builder
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.
Vic Weir - Engineer and Business Owner
Vic Weir, received his B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1967, and has conducted his mechanical/electrical consulting engineering profession in Fort Worth for more than 50 years. Vic is the principal engineer and owner of Vic Weir Consulting, Inc.
In addition to his many professional affiliations, he has been or is still active in various civic and community associations serving in numerous official positions including:
• Fort Worth * Tarrant County Christian Prayer Breakfast - Past Chairman.
• Fort Worth Air Power Council - Past Chairman.
• First United Methodist Church of Arlington - Adult Sunday School Teacher.
• Board of Commissioners, Arlington Housing Authority - Past Chairman.
• City of Arlington Zoning Board of Appeals - Past Board Member.
• Airpower Foundation Sky Ball - Past Co-Chairman.
• Honorary Commander 2018-2020 in the 301st Fighter Wing "Wings of Honor" program.
Vic was elected to the Board of Directors for Happy State Bank in 2016, and continues to serve in that capacity. Happy State Bank is headquartered in Amarillo, Texas.
Vic and Pamm Weir have been married for 53 years, have 2 adult children and one grandson.
Josh Prieur - Director of Business Development
Josh Prieur is the Director of Business Development at Howell Instruments. He joined Howell in 2019, serving previously at various executive-level positions within the commercial aerospace market in both aftermarket sales and leasing.
Josh was a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) in the US Navy after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 2003. Upon graduation, he served as Electronic Warfare Officer on the USS Ross (DDG-71), Electrical Officer on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and Director of Readiness and Training for Military Sealift Command in Norfolk, VA.
Josh and his wife, Lauren, live in Ft Worth with their 2 dogs.
Tal Milan - Director Owner of Milan Gallery Fine Art since 1981.
Tal Milan, 3rd generation Fort Worth, has been the Director Owner of Milan Gallery Fine Art since 1981. 26 years located in Sundance Square downtown. Through Milan's art business, Tal has curated and hosted over 200 National and International Art Exhibitions and Charity VIP events over his career, as well writing for some art magazines and the publishing of "Quiet Contentment" coffee table book. Tal has a business degree from Texas State, where he played on the back to back National championship football teams while in college. Previously worked at Beecham Products and has served on various Fort Worth Boards and charity non-profits for 4 decades. Tal has a long history with Gymnastics and has traveled since 1972 to 12 Olympic Games around the world including 78 countries worldwide with his family.
Currently, The Chairman of the Fort Worth Airpower Council and serves as the VP of the American Sokol Org. Tal and the Milan Gallery received numerous awards for Philanthropy in Fort Worth and in the DFW metro area. Selected as one of the Inaugural Honorary Commanders of the 301st Fighter Wing and won the Heart Association’s Man of the Year award. He served many years in Fort Worth for the Imagine No Violence art events and received the Blue Chip Enterprise award for small business from the National Chamber of Commerce.
Tal's Family in 1913 became charter members of the now 107 year old Sokol Gymnastic center, and for 19 years served as an Airpower Council member receiving Man of the Year as well. As for our main goal, we hope to serve our military and their families.
Sheilah Grant Publisher Monticello Magazine, Ft Worth, Texas
Sheilah is a graduate of the University of Ca. Berkeley, & also took advanced studies @ New York University’s Film & communication School. She was raised in Washington D C & San Francisco & after graduation she worked abroad in Australia & Central America for several years. She has been a constant globetrotter due to her work in publishing & journalism for the past 30 years until setteling in Ft Worth’s Monticello Neighborhood in 1998.
She served on Monticello’s Neighborhood Association Board off & on for 10 years & chaired the MNA social committee for 3 years, running the Christmas in the Park & the 4th of July events. She retired from the board in 2013 & started the Monticello Neighborhood Magazine.
The magazine is a lifestyle publication produced by Monticello neighbors & friends; it is circulated throughout the west side focusing mainly on the neighborhoods surrounding the River Crest Country Club.
Scott Palomino - United States Air Force-Retired
United States Air Force-Retired, Senior Airmen Scott Palomino was a 1C5, Command and Control Battle Management Operations (C2BMO), assigned to the 603rd Air Control Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Scott was injured in a mortar attack on 10 April 2004 where he lost his left leg, below the knee (BK), while being deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq, while performing Theater Air Support, Emergency Air Support, and Weapons Controlling. He was the first Airman amputee from the OIF campaign. Scott received a Purple Heart from Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force General John P. Jumper and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Gerald R. Murray, for his Combat Injury and received an Air Force Commendation Medal, 2004, for helping to save the lives of four Airmen and two Army soldiers after an aircraft emergency and crash.
Scott was on the USAF Wounded Warrior Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball, and Track & Field Team in 2013 & 2014. He was the 2014 USA Team Captain for Invictus Games in London, England where he represented the U.S.A. Wounded Warriors for His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales. Scott earned three silver medals in Wheelchair Basketball, Shot Put, and Discus. He was also selected to be the USAF Team Captain for the 2014 Olympic Wounded Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, CO and earned two silver medals in Shot Put and Discus.
Palomino worked as a GS-11 Non-Medical Care Manager at the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) at Randolph AFB, TX. He was the Team Lead for the Wounded, Ill, and Injured Referral Office and was responsible for evaluating and adjudicating all applications/referrals for enrollment into the AFW2 program. Scott made it a goal and mission in his life to work with and mentor other Wounded Warriors and Veterans.
In 2015, Palomino was promoted to GS-12 and assigned as the Director of the Airman & Family Readiness Center at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base (NAS Ft Worth JRB) where he works for the 301 Fighter Wing and 10th Air Force.
Scott received 2018 Civilian Leader of the Year for the Air Force Reserve Command, 2019 Civilian Supervisor Category II of the Year for the Air Force Reserve Command, and the 2019 Civilian Supervisor Category II of the Year for the 301st Fighter Wing. Also, as Director of the 301 A&FRC, his center won 2019 Best A&FRC of the Air Force Reserve Command.
Scott is happily married to his best friend and sweetheart, Amanda Michelle Palomino. They have two beautiful baby girls, Abigail Grace and Isabelle Rose. These three ladies are his joy and reasons for striving to be a better man, husband, and father. Scott feels he owes part of his success and recovery to his fraternity, Sigma Chi, and alma mater, Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMU-C 2010), for showing him how to continue his life both socially and academically after being injured and losing his leg in the military. Scott would also like to acknowledge and thank his mother and sister for always having faith in him and for pushing him to better himself throughout his whole life.
Jessica Barbee - Marketing Manager
Jessica Barbee currently serves as Marketing Manager, Events and PR at Caliber Collision where she is responsible for enhancing the Caliber brand through internal and external events, public relations, and community involvement partnerships across the entire organization. Jessica has been with Caliber for 3 ½ years.
Prior to joining Caliber, Jessica worked at The LaSalle Group, parent company of Autumn Leaves (memory care assisted living communities). In 2012, she started as a Marketing Associate, where she executed events at the community level and assisted with media relations, along with rolling out marketing campaigns. In March 2015, Jessica was named Marketing Project Manager, where she implemented large marketing events and oversaw the marketing and communication projects.
Jessica was raised in Terrell, TX and attended Southern Arkansas University where she played collegiate softball.
Patty Herdlicka - American Airlines Federal Credit Union
She has been with the company for 18 years. She started as a loan officer for 8 years before moving to business development servicing members in the Western Region.
Patty and her husband Jim have 2 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren. They have lived in the Mansfield area for 20 years.
Patty has volunteered for the American Airlines Veterans Initiative program for 18 years.
She currently holds the position of Volunteer Coordinator for Sky Ball, a fundraiser which aims to raise money for Airpower Foundation to support our military men and women.
2019 – Awarded Citizen Hero Award.