Larry Russell
Board of Directors 

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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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Larry Russell, Executive Director and Chief Information Officer, Celebrate Freedom Foundation

Larry Russell serves as Executive Director and Chief Information Officer.

Russell retired after a 35-year-career in the computer industry. Before retiring, he also served as Chief Information Officer for the State Transport Police, Department of Public Safety of S.C. Russell previously worked for the S.C. Farm Bureau, Policy Manual Systems, and the Department of Social Services of S.C.

He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and staff officer. He received the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, eighteen Air Medals, and other awards for exceptional service.

Russell participates in numerous civic and social organizations. He is President of the S.C. Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, and a life member of the 1st Cavalry Division Association and the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.

Russell founded the Palmetto Personal Computer Club, the Columbia Classic Chevy Club, and is past president of the S.C. Helicopter Association. 

He received his degree in computer science. A certified Network Systems Engineer, Russell holds certificates from IBM, Microsoft, HP, Compaq, Epson and 3Com.

He resides in Little Mountain, S.C., with his wife and stepson and is a member of the Chapin Baptist Church.

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