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Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial Awards Aviation Scholarship to Yavapai College Student

Scottsdale, AZ (May 2, 2022) – Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc. (“TB2″) announced it has awarded an Aviation Scholarship to James Kramer, a Yavapai College student pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Aerospace Science with a concentration in Airplane Operations. TB2 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the history of aviation in Scottsdale, Arizona, honoring all military veterans, creating unique educational opportunities for Arizona students studying all aspects of aviation, and supporting Dogs4Vets.

Mr. Kramer served 5 years in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft handler and crash & salvage crewman onboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Since his honorable discharge in 2019, Mr. Kramer has earned his private pilot certificate, his instrument rating, and his commercial pilot certificate. He is currently working on his multi-engine, certified flight instructor, and flight instructor instrument ratings. After completion, one of James’ immediate goals is to teach instrument flying to students.

Steve Ziomek, Chairman and President of TB2, stated, “It is gratifying to see the varied experiences and goals that our scholarship recipients have. As a U.S. Navy veteran and outstanding student, while swiftly moving through the flight training program, James has a positive and unique attitude that will benefit him throughout life.”

Rudy R. Miller, Chairman of TB2’s Advisory Board and Scholarship Committee, remarked, “We welcome James as a deserving veteran of the TB2 Aviation Scholarship awardees. He is the first U.S. Navy veteran recipient, joining other veterans from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps. On behalf of TB2 and as a former member of the military, I would like to thank them all for their service and commitment to their country.”

Miller continued, “TB2 scholarships have been earned by superb aviation students of which 50% are veterans. We will select 3 more Aviation Scholarship honorees in the fall of 2022. TB2 could not execute its mission without the financial and community support of individuals, corporations, veterans, participating colleges, and Scottsdale Airport making our program successful!”

Ashley Hust, Yavapai College Foundation, commented, “It’s clear that James is dedicated to flying and isn’t afraid to challenge himself with advanced training. We’re happy here at Yavapai College to be a part of his transition from the Navy to civilian life as a highly-skilled pilot.”

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