We published this message from the HFC Board in our 2022 Fourth Quarter Newsletter:
We are writing to all our many valued partners to let you know about an important transition in our Honor Flight Columbus community. Bob Horner, our Executive Director, will be stepping down as Executive Director as of December 7, 2022. Bob will continue to serve our new Executive Director as a strategic and operational advisor.
The Board is deeply grateful for Bob’s dedication and commitment to Honor Flight Columbus and the veterans we serve. He has served in almost every conceivable role over the past 15 years, from volunteer to flight sponsor to Board Chair, and finally Executive Director, always with our veterans first in his mind. Bob’s leadership paved the way for the design and implementation of many improvements to our flight program. Most importantly, his vision and tireless work helped Honor Flight Columbus fly over 1,755 World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C. during his tenure as Executive Director.
The Board has begun a wide-ranging search for our new Executive Director. Beth Johnson, our Deputy Executive Director, will serve as the Interim Executive Director until a permanent successor is identified. Honor Flight Columbus is in excellent financial shape and has a superb and dedicated staff to ensure a seamless transition into the 2023 flight season. Planning is already ongoing for next year’s flights. We are confident that Honor Flight’s ability to Honor, Share, and Celebrate our veterans will continue to grow and improve.
As always, the Board is thankful for, and humbled by, the remarkable dedication that all of you show to our veterans. Quite simply, it would be impossible to fulfill the mission of Honor Flight Columbus without our donors, guardians and volunteers. With your partnership, we look forward to the continued growth and success of serving our senior veterans for many years to come.
In the event that you have any questions over the coming months, please direct them to our Interim Executive Director, Beth Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org and 614-284-4987.
- Jason Black, Board Chair