December 1, 2021
Honor Flight Columbus Concludes 2021 Season
On Thursday, November 4, Honor Flight Columbus completed the most aggressive flight schedule in the organization’s history. Between August 19th and November 4th, 1,197 veterans were flown to our Nation’s Capital to see the memorials dedicated in their honor. The conclusion of Mission111 and Mission112 also brings the retirement of Executive Director, Pete MacKenzie. During MacKenzie’s tenure, Honor Flight Columbus has flown more than 2,800 veterans to Washington, DC. Taking on the role of Executive Director, Honor Flight Columbus, is Bob Horner. Horner recently retired from his senior officer position at Nationwide, a long-time corporate sponsor of Honor Flight Columbus. “Bob’s long-time commitment and dedication to our senior veterans and Honor Flight Columbus, paired with his professional experience, gives us great excitement for the future,” said Board Chair, Bonnie Sparhawk. He began his relationship with Honor Flight Columbus in 2009 as a flight sponsor. Over the years, Horner has served in virtually every Honor Flight Columbus role, including flight sponsor, volunteer, flight guardian, flight leader, board member and Chairman of the Board. “I look forward to my new role with Honor Flight Columbus,” said Horner. “I have learned a great deal while working with Pete MacKenzie and look forward to continuing the trajectory of positive growth and innovation that he established.” Sparhawk added, “we are looking forward to continuing the progress that Honor Flight Columbus has made and expanding the important work of honoring our veterans who are so greatly deserving.”
Honor Flight Columbus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating since 2007 with the cornerstone mission to transport America’s senior Veterans to Washington DC to see their memorials at no cost to the Veteran. Honor Flight Columbus has flown 112 missions, taking 8,012 senior veterans on their Honor Flight. The organization is funded entirely by donations from businesses, foundations, and grateful Americans. Honor, Share, Celebrate. Follow us on social media @honorflightcmh and learn more at www.honorflightcmh.org.