Five of GTL’s Own To Be Inducted as Honorary Commanders
(Left to right: New Inductees:Nicolette Daly, GTL ’15, Jodi Gonzales, GTL ’15, Suzanne McFarlin, Exec. Director/GTL ’15, Robert Medler Board Member/ GTL ’12, Shay Stautz, GTL ’09. Alumni Honorary Commanders: Pamela Traficanti, GTL ’05, Bruce Wright, GTL ’87)
Thursday February 19th a mix of GTL Alumni and current class members will be newly inducted or outgoing Honorary Commanders in Davis-Monthan’s Honorary Commanders Program. The Honorary Commanders Program provides the 355th Fighter Wing commander and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base a community outreach opportunity. The program expands the 355th Fighter Wing commander’s ability to foster relationships between local civic and business leaders and base personnel.
Community or corporate leaders are assigned to a Davis-Monthan group or squadron for a two year term. The purpose of the program is two-fold: It allows community participants to become more aware of the various missions and units at Davis-Monthan, and it allows military commanders and their units an opportunity to learn more about the community in which they live. Davis-Monthan commanders and personnel benefit through increased association with the community and its leaders.
It is an experience that some of GTL’s newest class members are clearly looking forward to:
“GTL’s dynamic platform offers numerous inroads and opportunities for community engagement. My appointment as an Honorary Commander of the 355th AMXS is one powerful result of that. I am deeply honored, and humbled by this opportunity to learn, grow, and serve.’- Jodi Gonzales
“I feel honored to become a part of the Davis-Monthan family. I know this experience will increase my leadership capacity and help me champion the importance of DM in the Tucson Community!”- Nicollete Daly, Class of 2015
The 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office administers the program for the wing commander and provides guidance and advice to ensure the program’s overall successand if you would like to know more, please contact the Community Relations office at 520-228-3378.