SAAAHOF 2018 Honorees
Lt. Col. James "Robbie" Robinson (USAF Ret.)To quote Brig. Gen. John Cherry (USAF Ret.), Lt. Col. Robinson is "…A standout officer, aviator, combat warrior and flying training pioneer… Robbie’s aviation career began as a decorated United States Air Force Combat Pilot having executed 211 air-to-ground combat sorties throughout Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. For his heroism and aviation excellence while in Vietnam, Robbie was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 13 Air Medals, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. Robbie’s Air Force career culminated as the foremost authority on Rated Management Development, the bedrock upon which the United States Air Force is built… "As fate would have it Robbie’s combat flying began with the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing in Vietnam, which later was re-designated the 12th Flying Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, where he continues to serve as a Department of Defense civilian today.
Edgar Gardner Tobin (deceased)
Mr. Tobin was a San Antonio native and learned to fly from the Stinsons. He was a WWI fighter ace (six victories) who flew with Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker's "Hat in the Ring" air squadron. Mr.Tobin was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Croix de Guerre. Mr. Tobin continued his flying career after the war as a civilian and established Tobin Aerial Surveys. During WWII Mr. Tobin served as a civilian aide to General Henry "Hap" Arnold of the United States Army Air Corps.
James L. Burch, Ph.D.
Dr. Burch is Vice President of the Space Science and Engineering Division of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), a position he has held for more than 30 years. Dr. Burch oversees more than 350 scientists, engineers, and support staff in six departments with laboratories in San Antonio, Boulder, Colo., and Durham, N.H. Under his direction, staff members have made significant, and sometimes startling, scientific discoveries about the origins and intricacies of our solar system. Dr. Burch’s Division at SwRI is responsible for developing numerous instruments on NASA and ESA spacecraft and leads several complete NASA science missions, including the New Horizons mission that made an historic flyby of Pluto in July 2015 and the Juno polar-orbiting mission to Jupiter that went into orbit in July 2016.
Marillyn A. Hewson
Ms. Hewson currently serves as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Ms. Hewson spent part of her career with Lockheed Martin in San Antonio at Kelly Aviation Center (now Port San Antonio) during which time she built the Aerospace Industry Council into a leading voice for aerospace and aviation helping ensure that San Antonio remained a leading player in global aviation. Ms. Hewson also ensured that the Alamo Academies prospered creating a pipeline for young people interested in aviation and aerospace. Today Lockheed Martin remains a vital part of San Antonio’s aerospace and aviation ecosystem supporting the 433rd’s C-5M schoolhouse, the education and training efforts at Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, and the growing cyber and electronic programs at the Twenty-Fourth and Twenty Fifth Air Forces.