Montgomery Named AETC’s Altus Trophy Winner
“We’re incredibly humbled to receive this distinction, but we are even more humbled by the unwavering service and sacrifice of the Airmen who call or have called Montgomery home,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “From launching the Montgomery Internet Exchange to building parks and beautifying Maxwell Blvd., our partnership with Maxwell has been critical in propelling our community into the 21st century, and we plan to continue building on these accomplishments while providing a world-class environment their families can enjoy.”
The Altus Trophy, also known as the Air Education and Training Command Community Support Award, is presented annually by the Altus Chamber of Commerce to a community judged to have shown the most outstanding support to an AETC base. Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, AETC commander, made the announcement at the annual spring AETC Commander’s Civic Leader Group meeting. A ceremony formally presenting the Altus Trophy to Montgomery will occur this spring.
“The city of Montgomery is truly deserving of this award. What’s amazing is how far beyond the mayor’s office and the chamber of commerce the community partnership extends,” said Col. Andrea Tullos, Maxwell Air Force Base commander. “The city officials and the business community set the tone, but every member of the community I come across extends a welcoming hand, a warm heart and sincerely asks what they can do to support our military personnel and their families. It’s a tribute to the level of patriotism and the strong sense of community service inherent in the entire River Region. We’re fortunate to be able to call Montgomery home.”
The Altus Trophy selection committee chose Montgomery as the 2015 recipient because of its exceptional partnership with Airmen and families assigned to Maxwell, home of the Air Force’s Air University. The chamber recognized the city’s tremendous support, citing a year-round series of events that reflect the high regard the community has for the military. One specific event of note is the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Military Support Council’s “Eggs and Issues,” a quarterly breakfast with members of Alabama’s congressional delegation, in which attendees discuss issues impacting business, projects and the vitality of Maxwell-Gunter. The committee also recognized the steadfast support given to international students training at the base.
“All the communities surrounding our bases provide stellar support to our Airmen,” Roberson said. “In earning this year’s Altus Trophy, the people of Montgomery deserve our deepest appreciation. I, along with the Airmen and families at Maxwell, am thankful for all the people of Montgomery do for us every day in helping us carry out our mission to recruit, train and educate America’s Airmen.”
Other finalists for the 2015 Altus Trophy included Little Rock, Arkansas, and Spokane, Washington.
This is the first Altus Trophy awarded to Montgomery. Since the award’s inception in 2010, Altus Trophies have been presented chronologically to San Angelo, Texas; Columbus, Miss.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Del Rio, Texas; and Enid, Okla.