San Diego Naval Aviation Centennial Kick-Off Celebration


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San Diego Naval Aviation Centennial Kick-Off Celebration

By Daniel Baxter

February 12, 2011 - The 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Foundation has announced its Official Centennial of Naval Aviation Kick-Off Gala in honor of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard’s 100th anniversary of flight. 

This momentous occasion will be celebrated today, (February 12, 2011) onboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, CA -the “Birthplace of Naval Aviation”. The star-studded invitee list includes; Significant Contributors to Naval Aviation’s past and present, Foundation Sponsors, Elected Officials and Leaders in Naval Aviation, both Active Duty and Retired Military. 

The Kick-Off Gala is part of the weekend-long San Diego Centennial of Naval Aviation Kick-Off Celebration, which will serve as the initiation to a year-long celebration across the United States. 

“We are kicking off a year-long commemoration of the progress and achievements of Naval Aviation and celebrating the commitments made by hundreds of thousands of Americans over the past century” said Foundation Co-Chairman Rear Admiral John “Mac” McLaughlin, USN (Retired). 

The Kick-Off Gala will include a custom video presentation paying tribute to the Centennial of Naval Aviation, guest speakers and a special entertainment performance. “The Kick-Off Gala will be a special night where we come together to reflect on the achievements of the past and embrace the possibilities of the future of Naval Aviation,” said Foundation Co-Chairman Major General Bob Butcher, USMC (Retired). 

100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Foundation events are presented by The Boeing Company. Joining Boeing as National Sponsors are Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rolls-Royce, Raytheon, Breitling, Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney, GE Aviation and BAE. Breitling, Vanguard Industries and Sparta Promotions are also signed on as licensing partners to the Foundation. 

The 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Foundation was formed to support the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard with their 2011 Centennial celebration. The mission of the Foundation is to raise national Naval Aviation awareness and honor a century of mission-ready men and women throughout the 2011 Centennial. As a result of regionally based events and education displays, the Foundation will recognize unique Naval Aviation achievements and provide resources for national involvement in the Centennial of Naval Aviation.


The 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Foundation is a publicly supported, non-profit organization working independently to support the USN, USMC and USCG’s Centennial Celebration. The Foundation will orchestrate the production of the official Centennial of Naval Aviation Kick-Off and Closing Events as well as support the 2012 Marine Aviation Centennial Celebration. (see Washington Post Commemorative Section)

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