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Preserving a Legacy

Thursday, September 27, 2018   (0 Comments)

By VMAQ Monument Foundation and Art Haddaway  |  September 27, 2018  |   Tulsa World

As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end,” but the VMAQ Monument Foundation doesn’t believe all things that end should be forgotten.

The last remaining U.S. Marine Corps’ EA-6B Prowler squadron, VMAQ-2, will be deactivated in March 2019, soon after their final combat deployment, thus ending an era of sustained, superior performance in support of the warfighters on the ground.

The EA-6B Prowler holds a unique place at the U.S. Department of Defense as a Low Density/High Demand national asset involved in many missions not otherwise participated in by the Marine Air Ground Task Force Aviation Combat Element.

As such, a team of motivated people from the VMAQ Prowler community have come together to form the VMAQ Monument Foundation, an unpaid, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization.

Their goal is to erect a monument at a national museum that preserves and promotes the legacy, history and accomplishments of the VMAQ warriors and their families that have supported Marine Corps Airborne Electronic Warfare for over four decades.

The Foundation recently commissioned world-renowned sculptor Sandra Van Zandt, an Owasso resident, to create three bronze statues representing the people who served in the Prowler community: a pilot, an Electronic Counter Measures Officer and a maintenance Marine.

“It only takes one generation to forget about history. I think of myself as creating a platform for preserving history and helping people remember,” Van Zandt said. “These men and women have done so much for our country, and they should be applauded for it and remembered as heroes.”  READ MORE...

With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.