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Honorable Robert Weygand, former Congressman from Rhode Island's Second District, has served virtually from project inception as Honorary Chairman. Prior to his election to Congress Bob had served as Lieutenant Governor and as a member of the House of Representatives. He is a landscape architect by trade.

Thomas M. Alison, a retired Air Force Colonel and former SR-71 Blackbird pilot, now serves as Curator of Collections at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air & Space Museum

Debra A. Burlingame, an attorney and patriotic activist, is the sister of former Navy Captain and Saratoga pilot Chic Burlingame, killed on 9/11 when his plane crashed into the Pentagon.

MG Reginald Centracchio is Adjutant General of the State of Rhode Island, Commanding General, RI National Guard and Director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.

RADM Jack Christiansen, USN (Ret) is a WWII veteran who flew in a number of engagements, including the famous Marianas "Turkey Shoot." Recalled to duty in 1951, he eventually became CO of VF-32 aboard USS Saratoga in the early 1960s. He later commanded USS Constellation and Carrier Group Seven in the Tonkin Gulf. After retirement from the Navy Jack headed the Field Services Division for Grumman Aerospace Corporation.

RADM Joseph Coleman, USN (Ret) is a World War II aviator who later rose to command a carrier during the Vietnam War (USS Ranger). He later served as Vice Chair, USS Saratoga Museum Task Force (JAX).

John H. Dalton was Secretary of the Navy from July 1993 to November 1998. A former banker, President Carter named him to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in 1979, where he served as a member and chairman. He graduated with distinction from Annapolis in 1964, and served aboard nuclear submarines. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance.

Michael D'Amico trains electricians for IBEW Local 99, and is the Museum's liaison to organized labor.

VADM Robert F. Dunn, USN (Ret) is President of the US Navy Historical Foundation. Previously he served as Chairman of the US Naval Institute Editorial Board. A former CO of USS Saratoga (CV-60), he also served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air Warfare.

Jo Ann Engelhardt, former CEO of Merrill Lynch Trust Company (FL), now holds a position of similar responsibility with Bessemer Trust. A former practicing New York attorney, she has held ever-increasing positions of responsibility with several prestigious firms, to include US Trust and Citicorp Trust.

LT John Finn, USN (Ret), a former Saratoga (CV-3) crew member, is the nation's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. Then-Chief Finn received the award serving with Patrol Squadron 14 at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, when the Japanese attacked the Pacific Fleet on December 7, 1941.

RADM James Flatley, USN (Ret) recently retired as Executive Director of the USS Yorktown museum in South Carolina. A 1956 graduate from the Naval Academy, RADM Flatley commanded both Fighter Squadron VF-31 and the USS Saratoga. As a Lieutenant he won the admiration of the aviation community by demonstrating how Air Force C-130 transports could land and take off from carrier decks.

George Gasser of Saratoga County is now the New York State Treasurer and Deputy Commissioner of Taxation and Finance. During a distinguished 33-year Naval Reserve career, he served aboard USS Saratoga (CV-60) four times, to include the final deployment off Bosnia in 1994.

CAPT James "Lou" Gorman USNR (Ret), a former Korean War carrier sailor, is best known for his exploits in sports. Lou, the longtime General Manager of the Boston Red Sox, is also a member of the Rhode Island Gridiron Hall of Fame. Lou also served on the Board of Directors for the USS Salem cruiser museum.

Dr. James M. Halley, EdD is Superintendent of Schools in our host community, North Kingstown, and is chairman of the project's Education Committee. A Navy veteran, Jim spent 22 years in the DOD Dependent Schools System. His Masters and Doctorate degrees are from the University of Southern California.

Admiral James R. Hogg, USN (Ret) is Director of the Navy Strategic Studies Group, reporting directly to the Chief of Naval Operations. He served 35 years on active duty, earning his fourth star in 1988. He commanded the U.S. Seventh Fleet and served as the U.S. Representative to NATO before retiring in 1991 . Before assuming his current position he was president of the National Security Industrial Association.

Capt Roland (Ron) Jaeh, USN, Ret served 39 years of active Naval service. He was an enlisted Sailor for 10 years advancing to CPO and commissioned as a Chief Warrant Officer. He served on USS Saratoga (CV-60) from 1989 to 1991 as Aircraft Handling Officer and Asst. Air Boss. He was the first Limited Duty Officer to promote to Captain in his designator (Aviation Deck) and the first Aviation LDO to select for Aviation Major Shore Command. Currently he is the Dean for Military Training with San Diego City College in Pensacola, FL.

Varoujan Karentz, former Sr. Vice President Raytheon Overseas Ltd., retired from Raytheon after 34 years in engineering, program management and marketing. He serves on the Board of Directors of Heritage Harbor Museum Corporation, and he previously was on the Board of the World Trade Center in Boston.

Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of the late Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, is now a senior research fellow at Brown University Os Watson Institute. He edited his father's memoirs. and also writes extensively about the history of the Cold War. Until 1968, Dr. Khrushchev participated in the Soviet missile and space program and was a winner of the Lenin Prize for his work on cruise missiles for submarines.

CAPT Michael Landers, USN (Ret) was Chief Engineer aboard USS Saratoga from February 1983 to September 1984. He supervised the complete overhaul and modernization of the carrier in the Philadelphia shipyard, and trained his crew to pass rigorous propulsion plant examinations in preparation for the ensuing Mediterranean deployment. He is intimately familiar with all the operating systems and equipment aboard.

Edward Mazze is Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island. He previously served as Dean of the Belk College of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina. He was also Chairman and CEO of William Penn Bank.

VADM Edward H. Martin, USN (Ret) is a 1954 Naval Academy graduate who was shot down near Hanoi in 1967 and was a POW until 1973. Resuming his naval career, he became CO of USS Saratoga in 1977. He later commanded two Carrier Groups before being named Commander, Sixth Fleet. Before retiring he served as DCNO (Air Warfare) and Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. He now heads his own company.

Robert L. McCabe is chairman of four retail subsidiaries of New England Electric System, to include The Narragansett Electric Company in Rhode Island. His community involvement includes the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, Save the Bay, the Providence Foundation and the Rhode Island Commodores.

VADM Joseph S. Mobley, USN (Ret) was CO of USS Saratoga from 1990-91. A 1966 graduate of the US Naval Academy, he recently retired as Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. While serving in his initial squadron assignment with VA-35 embarked in USS Enterprise in 1968, his A-6E Intruder was shot down over North Vietnam. VADM Mobley was a POW from June 1968 until March 1973.

Mike Radford, commercial pilot, Army vet and motivational speaker, hosts the very popular "The Remember When Show," in Branson, MO. Asked by Sen. Bob Dole to help with the WWII memorial, Branson's Bradford-led effort raised more funds than any other city. A major promoter of veterans causes, he established "Mike Radford's Hall of Heroes", an exhibit and mini-museum in Branson.

RADM James Scott, USN (Ret) is an expert on capital ship museum projects. He served aboard USS Saratoga and commanded her sister ship, USS Forrestal. He was technical consultant on the USS Hornet project in Alameda, the USS Midway project in San Diego, USS Saratoga project in Jacksonville, and was a prime mover in locating USS Lexington in Corpus Christi.

Brad Senter is President of the USS Saratoga Reunion Association. He recently retired from Union Carbide's co-generation plant in Texas City, Texas, where he oversaw the sale of electrical power to local utilites.

Governor Bruce Sundlun served as Rhode Island's Chief Executive from 1991 to 1995. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps as a pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress and evaded capture sfter being shot down over Europe. The Bruce Sundlun Terminal at T.F. Green Airport was named in his honor.

Christopher J. Terry is Director General of Canada's National Aviation Museum and Chair, Aviation Museum Group, International Association of Transport and Communications Museums.

John Torgan of Save the Bay, New England's pre-eminent environmental organization, holds a degree in Environmental Biology from Union College and is a Master's candidate at URI in Marine Affairs. As Bay Keeper, he is responsible for marine pollution/coastal development issues and environmental enforcement.

BG Joseph N. (Jay) Waller USAF (Ret) recently retired as the Assistant Adjutant General and Deputy Commander, RI Air National Guard. Jay, a former Naval Aviator, served aboard USS Intrepid and USS Wasp based at NAS Quonset Point. He entered the Air Force in 1967, rising to command the 143d Tactical Airlift Squadron. As a civilian, he held various engineering positions with Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

RADM Donald A. Weiss, USN is a Naval Academy graduate who commanded USS Saratoga (CV-60) from 1992 to 1994. As a Naval Aviator he has amassed over 5000 flight hours and 1100 carrier landings. He also commanded attack squadron VA-105, USS Concord, and Carrier Group Three as USS Carl Vinson Battle Group. He served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan before returning to Washington.

Frederick C. Williamson chairs the RI Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission, and is the longest serving state preservation officer in the nation. He is a recipient of the Louise Dupont Crowninshield Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He also founded the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.

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