East West Virginia Regional Airport Authority | Journal-news

MARTINSBURG – During the March 8 meeting of the Martinsburg Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, retired Air Force Master Sgt. B. Keith Barry presented to the Regional Airport Authority of Eastern West Virginia a framed lithograph, which will be on permanent loan for display at the FBO. building.

The artwork, titled “Total Force Partners”, was painted by world renowned artist Rick Broome, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The artwork depicts an aerial interception exercise over Washington DC, where Civilian Air Patrol is commonly used as a decoy by Air National Guard fighters to engage and escort ‘no-fly zones’ .

Barry is a 1980 graduate of Martinsburg High School and a former Martinsburg Squadron Cadet.

“This is presented as a tribute to past and present members of the Martinsburg Composite Squadron and West Virginia Wing, who volunteer their time as servant leaders helping our community,” Barry said.

Nic Diehl, executive director and CEO of the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority, was on hand to accept the gift.

“I am honored to accept this on behalf of the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority, and we are proud to have the Civil Air Patrol as one of our partners here at Shepherd Field,” Diehl said. “This will be prominently displayed in our FBO building for all visitors to enjoy.”

This presentation was scheduled to celebrate the 72nd birthday of Col. Dennis D. Barron, former West Virginia Wing Commander and Martinsburg Squadron Commander for two decades. Barron passed away suddenly on August 16, 2019.

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