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Front Page - Friday, July 16, 2021

9/11 Air Force One pilot will be the featured speaker at fall Friends of Scouting Luncheon

The pilot at the controls of Air Force One on Sept. 11, 2001, will speak at the Friends of Scouting Luncheon this fall.

Retired Col. Mark Tillman will speak at the Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s annual fundraiser on Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Tillman served as pilot and commander of Air Force One from 2001-2009, including during 9/11. He was also the first pilot to fly the U.S. commander in chief into an active war zone.

Tillman’s career in the United States Air Force spanned 30 years.

“We’re excited to welcome Col. Tillman and hear his firsthand accounts of remarkable moments in our nation’s history, as well as how the values and morals taught by the Boy Scouts helped to prepare him for those moments,” says Jared Pickens, Scout executive of the Cherokee Area Council.

Presenting sponsors for the Friends of Scouting Luncheon include First Horizon Bank and Morning Pointe Senior Living. Additional sponsors include Mountain View Auto Group, Mauldin & Jenkins, EPB, HHM, Publix Super Market Charities, Elder’s Ace Hardware, the Chattanooga Times Free Press and Audacy Broadcasting.

Tables and seats are still available. Contact Aurora Wells at 423 713-7627 or aurora.wells@scouting.org for details.

Source: Cherokee Area Council