Thursday, November 5, 2009



Senator Hutchison and the Texas Air Force Association

to Honor the Texas WASP at Veterans Day Event in Dallas

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, along with the Texas Air Force Association, invite veterans groups and the public to join them this Veterans Day in honoring our state’s veterans and eighteen Texas Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) at a ceremony at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas.

At the event, Senator Hutchison will present each WASP with a gold paged copy of the Congressional Gold Medal legislation that she sponsored and the President signed into law in July.

The Senator and Colonel Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, of the 12th Flying Training Wing Commander at Randolph, Air Force Base in San Antonio, will deliver keynote speeches. The National Anthem and additional music will be provided by the Upper Girls Chorus from the Hockaday School, an internationally known all girls preparatory school in Dallas. The Color Guard services will be performed by the “WASP Deanie Parrish” Color Guard from the Texas Christian University Air Force ROTC Program from Fort Worth.

Lunch will be served afterwards for the WASP and their family members. Light refreshments will be available for the public.

Below is a list of the WASP scheduled to attend, along with their hometowns and additional event information.

Jerrie Phillips Badger

League City, TX

Ann Morgan Hazzard

Pharr, TX

Eloise Bailey

Carrollton, TX

Dorothy A. Smith Lucas

San Antonio, TX

Susie Winston Bain

Austin, TX

Muriel V. Kiester Martin

La Feria, TX

Frankie Bretherick

Plano, TX

Deanie Bishop Parrish

Waco, TX

Eleanor Mickey Brown

Victoria, TX

Betty Jo Streff Reed

N. Richland Hills, TX

Mildred Dalrymple

Austin, TX

Mary Putnam Vandeventer

Lueders, TX

Rosa Lea Fullwood Meek Dickerson

Kerrville, TX

Rita Murphy Wischmeyer

Dallas, TX

Madelyn Eggleston

Vernon, TX

Elizabeth Louis “Betty” Whiting

Austin, TX

Lois B. Hailey

Friendswood, TX

Jo Myers Wheelis

Weatherford, TX

WHO: U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and the Texas Air Force Association

WHAT: Texas Veterans Day WASP Celebration

WHERE: Frontiers of Flight Museum

6911 Lemmon Ave

Dallas, TX 75209

WHEN: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 11:00 AM CST

CONTACT: Roxi Dolphin (202) 224-1443 or (936) 525-9752 or

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