The 5th Annual Capt. Zach Hollingsworth Memorial Veterans Day Event
The 5th Annual Capt. Zach Hollingsworth Memorial Veterans Day Event in 2022 Raised $35,000 in Support of The Battle Buddy Foundation
We're honored to have devoted this year's proceeds from the event to The Battle Buddy Foundation. This amazing organization founded by combat veterans is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to helping combat veterans transition back to civilian life while living with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other combat related disabilities.
The Battle Buddy Foundation was founded with the combined mission of assisting veterans, of all eras, in the acquisition of service dogs, while providing a network of peer support and activity, and promoting education and awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the current veteran suicide epidemic, and the live saving benefits of highly trained service dogs.
The 2022 Veteran of the Year:
CMSgt (Ret) Ray Snedegar
Ray Snedegar was born and raised in Grange City, Kentucky and enlisted in the United States Air Force on August 7, 1958. After basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas he attended a six (6) month Radio Intercept Operator school at Keesler AFB, Mississippi. His first assignment was working with the National Security Agency in the 6989th radio Squadron Mobile at Misawa Air Base, Japan. He returned to the states to Schilling AFB, KS where he retrained as an Aircraft Dispatcher in 1961. In 1963 A1C Snedegar was selected to cross train to the Aircraft Loadmaster career field and was assigned to the Air Commandos at Hurlburt Field, FL where he flew C/AC/EC-47 aircraft in the 319th Troop Carrier Squadron. SSgt Snedegar transferred to England AFB, LA with the 4410th Combat Crew Training Squadron where he continued to fly the same aircraft training students enroute to Vietnam. During this period, he also became qualified on the C-119 and was part of the design team developing the AC-119 at Fairchild-Hiller Company in St Augustine, Fl. Between 1963 and 1966 Ray served more than 10 months TDY in Vietnam flying combat and combat support missions.
In August 1968 TSgt Snedegar left England AFB for his second overseas assignment and arrived at the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) Air Base, Taiwan. As NCOIC of the Loadmaster section, Ray led his loadmaster force flying C-130E "Hercules" aircraft in the Vietnam theater for the next 15 months.
In December 1969 Ray was assigned to Travis AFB, CA where he retrained on the C-141 Starlifter and assigned to the 44th Military Airlift Squadron. Then in February 1972 MSgt Snedegar was selected as initial cadre for the 22nd Military Airlift Squadron and retrained to fly the gigantic C-5A Galaxy. He moved into 22nd MAS Standardization and Evaluation before moving up to 60th Military Wing Standards in 1974. SMSgt Snedegar was assigned to the Wing at the time he was flying Operation Babylift on C-5A 80218 departing Saigon, RVN on 4 April 1975.
In 1977 CMSgt Snedegar moved across base to Headquarters, Twenty-Second Air Force as Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, where he oversaw Loadmaster operations for one half of the Command. Chief Snedegar made another move to Wright-Patterson AFB, OH in December 1980 where he was the sole Air Force Loadmaster responsible for evaluating and approving all outsized cargo for movement in Air Force aircraft. He was assigned for the last nine years of his Air Force career to the Air Transportability and Test Loading Agency (ATTLA).
CMSgt Snedegar retired from the United States Air Force 1 January 1990 with 31 years, 4 months and 24 days of honorable service. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Airman’s Medal for Heroism, 4 Meritorious Service Medals, 11 Air Medals, 6 Air Force Commendation Medals, 5 Outstanding Unit Awards with one V for Valor, 9 Good Conduct Medals, Antarctica Service Medal, 9 Vietnam Service Medals, Vietnam Civil Action Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, plus 29 other awards, decorations and ribbons.
After retiring from the Air Force he continued his aviation career for another 20 years as an executive with an all cargo airline where he retired as the Director of Ground Training and Regulatory Compliance. In this capacity he added a Loadmaster department to the airline which is still in place today.
Ray continues to be active today and has the driver for Baseball Hall of Fame writer Hal McCoy. Mr McCoy is legally blind, so Ray drives him to and from all Cincinnati Reds games in Cincinnati and assists him in his daily work in the Press Box. In the three and a half months outside of baseball he is works part time in a funeral home in Kettering Ohio and volunteers part time at the Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio.
-Associate, Transportation & Traffic Management, Community College of Air Force, 1981
-Bachelor of Science, Industrial Technology, Southern Illinois University, 1982
-Master of Aeronautical Science, Aviation and Aerospace Operations & Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1997
Ray has three children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His wife, Barbara, passed away in November 2011 after nearly 53 years of marriage.
Platinum Sponsors - Each Pledged $2,000
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Gold Sponsors - Each Pledged $1,000
The Hollingsworth Family
The family of our founder Capt. Zach Hollingsworth who continue to support our mission and Veteran causes of all kinds to this very day.
A company owned by the family of Jesse Gaither of Minuteman Press Centerville. Jesse is an instrumental part of planning, preparing, and executing our annual Veterans Day Event and the show could not go on without him. We are forever grateful for his service to our cause.
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Silver Sponsors - Each Pledged $500
The Powell Family
A private family with a whole lot of love in their hearts who sponsor our efforts every year!
The Top Gunner Foundation
A private family who is sponsoring our efforts once again as they have in the past. We're so appreciative of their support!
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