Jack Lovelady
President, COO

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Napalm Explodes behind Cobra Attack Helicopter

Napalm explodes behind a Cobra Attack Helicopter hovering in front of thousands of spectators at an air and ground show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base in 2009. (Photo by WSM)

Maggie, Celebrate Freedom Foundation's Cobra Helicopter

Maggie flies over the tree tops and performs a flyover as thousands below cheer at 2012 Celebrate Freedom Festival in Finlay Park, Columbia, S.C. (Photo by WSM)

U.S. Army Demonstration Team Cobra Helicopter

A U.S. Army Demonstration Team Cobra Helicopter roars past thousands of spectators attending an air and ground show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base in 2009.  (Photo by WSM)

Black Hawk Helicopter Hovers

As thousands of spectators attending the 2009 Air and Ground Show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base, a Black Hawk Helicopter hovers as the pilot demonstrates the aircraft's maneuverability.  (Photo by WSM)

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Jack Lovelady, President, Chief Operations Officer, Celebrate Freedom Foundation

Jack Lovelady is President and Chief Operations Officer of the Celebrate Freedom Foundation. He has served as President of the CFF since its founding in 1999.

As a senior information technology manager with the Budget and Control Board, Chief Information Office, he was responsible for the operation and management of the State of South Carolina’s voice, video and data networks and systems from 1989 until his retirement in 2009. He was appointed by the governor following Hurricane Hugo to develop a multi-hazard program to mitigate state communications warning and control system failures that was approved by FEMA and later became one of the first such programs in the nation.

Prior to joining S.C. state government, Lovelady served as vice president engineering and general manager for several major NBC and CBS affiliate radio and TV network operations. He was also appointed by the Governor of New Mexico to serve on that state’s Information Systems Council. Lovelady is recognized by the FCC as having developed a model for measuring airborne radio frequency radiation measurements by helicopter that has been adopted around the country.

Lovelady, a rotary wing aviator, served in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard from 1967 to 2007 and retired as a communications-electronics officer. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of South Carolina.

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