Four more added to Hall of Honor
Maj. Gen. Craig Koziol stands with this year’s Hall of Honor inductees; Mrs. Ann Fife who accepted the honor for her husband Col. William P. Fife (ret.), Col. James W. McLendon (ret.), Mr. Clay Swindell who accepted the honor on behalf of his family and his late father Chief Master Sgt. James C. Swindell (ret.), Master Sgt. Delano R. Jolly (ret.), and Chris Cook, FTVA vice president. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ted Koniares)
Four more added to Hall of Honor



by 2nd Lt. Malinda Singleton
Air Intelligence Agency Public Affairs


11/1/2006 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Air Intelligence Agency, along with the Freedom Through Vigilance Association, inducted four new members into the Hall of Honor during a ceremony held in the Ardisana Courtyard at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 30. 

This year's inductees were retired Cols. William P. Fife and James W. McLendon, retired Chief Master Sgt. James C. Swindell, and retired Master Sgt. Delano R. Jolly. 

Mrs. Ann Fife accepted the plaque and honor for her husband who was unable to attend the ceremony, and Mr. Clay Swindell accepted the honor on behalf of his family in honor of his late father. 

"Today we are here to honor four men who are real true warriors and heroes," said Maj. Gen. Craig Koziol, AIA commander. "Their personal sacrifice and dedication to duty characterize their contributions to this command." 

Colonel Fife was recognized for his accomplishments as the first to put receivers on an RB-49 and fly it against the emerging Soviet threat, paving the way for what we recognize today as Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance or ISR. 

Colonel McLendon was recognized for his accomplishments during his 38 year career spanning from his years as an enlisted analyst to commanding the Regional Security Operations Center at Medina Annex, Texas. He assisted with the formation and development of emerging missions such as Intelligence Support to Special Operations and the MRSOC. 

Chief Swindell was a widely recognized expert in secure communications and was frequently called upon to conduct inter-service and national level presentations at Headquarters United States Air Force Security Service, Headquarters USAF, The Defense Communications Agency and the National Security Agency. The CMSgt. James C. Swindell Award, which originated in 1974, is presented annually to an AIA unit that is recognized as providing the best communications and information operations. 

Sergeant Jolly was recognized for his many first time innovations for the logistics maintenance community. As a maintainer, he pioneered the first airborne operator training simulator and modified the first C-47 for combat missions in Vietnam. He later played a pivotal role in modernizing field maintenance course instruction and implemented modifications to aircraft which yielded dividends in reconnaissance capabilities then and now. 

The four newest members to the Hall of Honor join 143 other members that have been inducted by AIA and FTVA throughout the past 23 years. 

"Each of you have helped pave the way for making AIA the premier agency it is today," General Koziol said when addressing the inductees. "Each of you have my sincere admiration and on behalf of the men and women of AIA, I thank you and your families for being here."