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Celebrate Freedom Foundation Has
24 Partners, 19 Benefactors and 1 Sponsor

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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 Each month, one supporter will be spotlighted on this page. Twenty have been spotlighted so far.

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Sponsor Spotlight for January 2015:  Army Aviation Association of America, Inc.

ARMY AVIATION Association of American, Inc. — AAAA (Army Aviation Association of America) was formed in early 1957 by a small group of senior aviation officers in the active Army, the Reserve Forces of the U.S. Army and industry. The mission of the AAAA is to support the United States Army Aviation Soldier and Family.

Members network as professionals in the total Army Aviation Community through mentoring opportunities via AAAA Professional Forums and local chapter events. They also do so through professional development in all areas from operations to training, doctrine, maintenance, acquisition and industry and by submitting articles for publication in ARMY AVIATION magazine and other AAAA media.

For more information, visit http://www.quad-a.org/index.php/magazines/armyaviation-magazine 

Sponsor Spotlight for December 2014:  XP Services

XP Services — XP Services (XPS) is a developmental flight test organization that conducts aircraft modification, certification, and airworthiness qualification testing. The company is comprised of the most experienced and select professionals from U.S. military and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) test organizations.

XPS personnel are well versed in the military airworthiness qualification process and experienced in rapid-prototyping with the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) and airworthiness testing with Redstone Test Center’s (RTC) Aviation Flight Test Directorate (AFTD). The company’s testers have conducted flight test with Bell XworX, Boeing-Mesa, Boeing-Philadelphia, and Sikorsky. XPS recency of experience with military programs includes developmental flight test of the AH-64D Block 3, the UH-72A , and Apache-UAS interoperability teaming systems including VUIT-2 and MUMT-2. XPS principals have extensive tactical and combat flight experience in Vietnam, Prime Chance, Desert Storm, Mogadishu, the Balkans, and Iraq (OIF), as well as a depth of special operations experience.o. 

For more on XP Services, visit:  http://www.xpservices.us/ 

Sponsor Spotlight for November 2014:  PGBA, LLC

PGBA, LLC — PGBA, LLC is a top business process outsourcing company (BPO) in high-volume claims processing, contact center operations and contract performance management services for government and private healthcare payers.

PGBA’s success is a result of its ability to merge automated solutions with a vast pool of human expertise. To this end, the company executes service programs across a wide variety of technological platforms for clients while ensuring the utmost in compliance and customer satisfaction. Most importantly, PGBA refines its capabilities every day, driven by a spirit of innovation and teamwork that continually takes the company to an even higher level of performance for its clients. 

For more on PGBA, LLC, visit:  http://pgba.com/ 

Sponsor Spotlight for October 2014:  Concorde Battery Corporation

Concorde Battery Corporation — Concorde Battery Corporation is a manufacturer of premium quality lead-acid batteries. The present product lines include valve regulated (sealed) lead-acid batteries (VRB) for aircraft, marine, medical, telecommunications, emergency backup, and photovoltaic applications as well as flooded lead-acid batteries for commercial and military aircraft.

Since 1979 Concorde Battery Corporation has manufactured aircraft batteries and batteries for shipboard use by the U.S. Military. Concorde Battery Corporation has provided the Department of Defense with over 150,000 military batteries manufactured to rigid quality requirements. Concorde Batteries have been adopted by worldwide militaries including Canadian, British, Australian and Italian air forces.

Concorde’s manufacturing facility is AS9100 and ISO 9001 certified and is fully qualified under the FAA Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) process and manufactures a full line of batteries for commercial aviation. Original equipment batteries are supplied to Adam Aircraft, American Champion, American Eurocopter, Aviat, Bombardier / Learjet, Cessna, Columbia, Commander Aircraft, Dassault, Diamond, Enstrom Helicopter, Erickson Air Crane, Extra, Gippsland, Grobe, Gulfstream, Hawker Beechcraft, JetPROP, Liberty Aerospace, Maule, Micco, Mooney, Pilatus, Piper Aircraft, Robinson Helicopter, Scaled Composites, Schweizer, Seawind, Sino Swearingen, Slingsby Aviation, SOCATA, Twin Commander, Van’s, Zlin, and other airframe manufacturers. The replacement market is supplied through distributors located in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Pacific Rim. 

For more on Concorde Battery Corporation, visit:  http://www.concordebattery.com/company_profile.php 


Sponsor Spotlight for September 2014:  Duke Energy

Duke Energy — Duke Energy makes life better for millions of people every day by providing electric and gas services in a sustainable way – affordable, reliable and clean.

We are the largest electric power holding company in the United States, supplying and delivering energy to approximately 7.2 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 57,500 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK

For more information, visit:  http://www.duke-energy.com/about-us/default.asp 


Sponsor Spotlight for August 2014:  Flextronics

Flextronics — At Flextronics, impossible is where breakthrough begins. As a socially-responsible, global leader in design, manufacturing, distribution and aftermarket services, Flextronics is unique in its ability to provide end-to-end solutions through its innovative and proprietary systems — all to enhance customer competitiveness and success. Working across four business groups and several business units, Flextronics is able to unleash the full potential of the world’s most valuable brands and new ventures.

What Flextronics creates is value. By increasing speed to market and driving competitive positioning for customers, Flextronics in essence solves customers’ most challenging problems better, faster and more cost effectively than any other company. Flextronics is able to manage big data in a way that allows for trending in market environments that are in flux, allowing the Company to provide solutions for customers, often before a challenge is ever realized.

For more information, visit:  http://www.flextronics.com/about_us/default.aspx 


Sponsor Spotlight for July 2014:  Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers — The Carolina Panthers are a professional American football team based in Charlotte, N.C. They play in the Southern division of the National Football Conference (NFC), one of the two conferences in the National Football League (NFL). The team is worth approximately USD $1 billion, according to Forbes, and is controlled by Jerry Richardson and his family; they have a 48 percent stake. The remainder of the team is held by a group of 14 limited partners. The head coach is Ron Rivera, while the president is Danny Morrison.

The Panthers first competed in 1995 and fared well in their first two years, finishing 7–9 in 1995 (an all-time best for an expansion NFL team’s first season) and 12–4 in 1996. They did not have another winning season until 2003, when the team won the NFC Championship Game and reached Super Bowl XXXVIII, losing 32–29 to the New England Patriots. After recording playoff appearances in 2005 and 2008, the team failed to record another playoff appearance until 2013, when they finished with a 12–4 record and won the NFC South. The Panthers have made the playoffs five times, reaching the NFC Championship Game in three of them. They have won four division titles, one of them in the NFC West and three of them in the NFC South. 

For more information on the Carolina Panthers, according to Wikipedia, visit:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolina_Panthers

For the official website of the Carolina Panthers, visit:  http://www.panthers.com/index.html 


Sponsor Spotlight for June 2014:  Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol — In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country.  As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.

After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies.  On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization.  On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.  Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services. 

For more information, visit:  http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ 


Sponsor Spotlight for May 2014:  Colonial Life

Colonial Life — For 75 years, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company has had one mission: to help America’s workers preserve and protect the vitally important things they work so hard to build. Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, we offer a wide range of financial protection options, helping more than 3 million people in nearly 80,000 companies. In addition to our personal benefits counseling expertise, we’re a pioneer of payroll deduction and innovator of enrollment technology. Our end-to-end capabilities and commitment to going above and beyond enable us to provide unmatched customer service. With more than 10,000 sales representatives and more than 1,000 home office professionals, we’re here to help during life's most challenging times. - See more at: http://www.coloniallife.com/about-us.aspx#sthash.EtN1Ko5q.dpuf 

For more information, visit:  http://www.coloniallife.com/about-us.aspx 


Sponsor Spotlight for April 2014:  Sunshine Recycling

Sunshine Recycling — Sunshine Recycling delivers a full spectrum of integrated metals recovery and recycling services. From collection to processing, management, transportation and sales, Sunshine Recycling is an industry leader you can count on. Fueled by a dedication to quality, integrity and technical proficiency, Sunshine’s continuing growth is predicated on delivering the highest standards of service to each and every customer.

  • Recycling Solutions for both Domestic and Industrial customers.

  • South Carolina’s only Drive Thru Non-Ferrous Warehouse

  • NPDES Industrial Storm Water Drainage Facility with ELEVEN Oil Water Separators onsite at all runoff points.

  • Compensation is based on information published by the American Metal Market.

  • Onsite State certified Toledo Digital Scale.

  • FREE Onsite consultation for Industry and Manufacturing to help you maximize the Value of your Scrap.

  • Available 24 Hours a Day – Seven Days a Week!

  • State of the Art Facility and Equipment

  • Demolition Service

  • Aggregate Division

  • Mobile Car Crushing

  • Fundraising Program

LEED — SUNSHINE RECYCLING is qualified to assist with projects seeking LEED points.  We have extensive construction experience and can coordinate the recycling and disposal of C&D materials for your project. 

For more information, visit http://www.sunshinerecycle.com/ 


Sponsor Spotlight for March 2014:  U.S. Army

U.S. Army — The U.S. Army (USA) is the main branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations.

 It is the largest and oldest established branch of the U.S. military, and is one of seven U.S. uniformed services. The modern army has its roots in the Continental Army which was formed on June 14, 1775, to meet the demands of the American Revolutionary War before the establishment of the United States.

The Congress of the Confederation officially created the U.S. Army on June 3, 1784, after the end of the Revolutionary War to replace the disbanded Continental Army. The army considers itself to be descended from the Continental Army and thus dates its inception from the origins of that force. 

For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army 


Sponsor Spotlight for February 2014:  City of Columbia, S.C.

City of Columbia, S.C. — For nearly a century before the creation of Columbia by the the General Assembly in 1786, the site of Columbia was important to the overall development of the State of South Carolina.

The Congarees, a frontier fort on the west bank of the Congaree River, was the head of navigation in the Santee River system. A ferry was established by the colonial government in 1754 to connect the fort with the growing settlements on the higher ground on the east bank.

State Senator John Lewis Gervais of Ninety Six introduced a bill that was approved by the legislature on March 22, 1786 to create a new state capital. There was considerable argument over the name for the new city. One legislator insisted on the name Washington, but Columbia won out by a vote of 11-7 in the state Senate.

As the second planned city in the United States, Columbia began to grow rapidly. Its population was nearing 1,000 shortly after the turn of the century.

Columbia received its first charter as a town in 1805. 

For more information, visit http://columbiasc.net/about-columbia 


 Sponsor Spotlight for January 2014:  BlueCross BlueShield Association

BlueCross BlueShield Association As the only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield has been offering security to Palmetto State citizens for more than 65 years. The company is also one of South Carolina’s largest employers.

  • BlueCross BlueShield’s financial stability is on record. In January 2014, A.M. Best reaffirmed the comany’s A.M. Best rating of A+ (Superior) — making it the only health insurance company in South Carolina with that rating. For the latest rating, access www.AMBest.com.

  • The company offers the largest provider networks in the state, offering members the greatest choice in doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.

  • BlueCross BlueShield’s extensive menu of health plans, discounts, added values and online services means more choices for its members, with plans to fit every budget and lifestyle.  

For more information, visit:  https://www.southcarolinablues.com/web/nonsecure/sc/Member+Home/ 


Sponsor Spotlight for December 2013:  S.C. Aeronautics Commission

South Carolina Aeronautics Commission — one of Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s 15 partners is headquartered in West Columbia, S.C.

The Commission’s objective is to foster air and economic development by overseeing the safety and development of South Carolina’s public use airports, by providing safe and reliable air transportation for state government and business prospects; and by providing aviation education opportunities.

For more information, visit www.scaeronautics.com/default.asp 


Sponsor Spotlight for November 2013:  SCE&G

SCE&G (South Carolina Electric & Gas) — one of Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s 15 partners is the principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, an energy-based holding company whose businesses include regulated electric and natural gas utility operations, telecommunications and other non-related energy-related businesses.

SCE&G services approximately 319,000 natural gas customers in South Carolina.  It also generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity to approximately 668,000 retail and wholesale customers throughout the state. 

For more information, visit www.sceg.com/en/ 


Sponsor Spotlight for October 2013:  SAFE Federal Credit Union

SAFE Federal Credit Union — one of Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s 15 partners was chartered by 15 civilian employees at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., in 1955.  Since then, SAFE has grown to over 107,000 members and more than $860 million in assets.  SAFE is the largest Midlands based credit union with 19 branches in 8 counties in South Carolina.

For more information, visit www.safefed.org/membership-services.aspx 


Sponsor Spotlight for September 2013:  Richland County, S.C.

Richland County — one of Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s 15 partners was formed in 1785.  It is home to Columbia, South Carolina’s state capital and the county seat. Richland County’s close-knit community, low cost of living, beautiful rivers and lakes and vibrant urban centers attract a diverse population of more than 389,000.

In addition to being home to an array of colleges and universities, award-winning hospital sytems and some of the best schools in the state, Richland County also offers much to see and do.  Discover why Richland County is more than just a great place to visit; it’s a great place to live, work, and play.

For more information, visit www.richlandonline.com/Home/AboutRichlandCounty.aspx 


Sponsor Spotlight for August 2013:  Professional Printers

Professional Printers — one of Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s 15 partners is a privately-owned graphic arts company with over 100 team members working with a diverse client base.

The company, which operates two facilities (combined 85,000 square feet) in the greater Columbia, S.C., area, acquired the Print Division of the RL Bryan Company in 2011 to expand servies to its clients.

For more information, visit www.proprinters.com 


Sponsor Spotlight for July 2013:  Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide.  It is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

As a global security, aerospace, and information technology company, the majority of Lockheed Martin’s business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. federal government agencies. In fact, Lockheed Martin is the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the U.S. Government. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin's business is comprised of international government and some commercial sales of our products, services and platforms.

For more information, visit www.lockheedmartin.com  


Sponsor Spotlight for June 2013:  FN Manufacturing, LLC

FN Manufacturing, LLC provides precision manufacturing services to the aerospace, firearms, and other industries. It offers machining, assembly and light fabrication, heat treatment, surface finish, training, and research and development services.

The company also provides gun barrels used in the U.S. Military and law enforcement around the world. In addition, it supplies small arms. The company was founded in 1980 and is based in Columbia, South Carolina. FN Manufacturing, LLC operates as a subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A.

For more information, visit www.fnmfg.com 

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