2022 VFS HRC Scholarship Winners

 

The Robert Powell Scholarship 

The Robert Powell Scholarship was established to honor the long-time treasurer of the Hampton Roads Chapter whose stewardship of the chapter’s financial assets originally enabled the chapter’s STEM outreach program, including its scholarship fund. The 2022 Robert Powell scholarship has been awarded to Leo Annett, the son of Mary and Martin Annett. Leo attends a York County Public School and is an exemplary scholar and leader. He has earned an excellent SAT score and GPA, while also continuing to work and volunteer. His documented perseverance has earned Leo the Robert Powell Scholarship for 2022. Leo plans to pursue a degree in Computer Science.  

The Edward ‘Ed’ Austin Scholarship 

This Edward ‘Ed’ Austin Scholarship was established to honor Ed’s many years as a chapter board member in various positions from treasurer to education director. In his retirement, Ed continued to support the chapter through staffing multiple events, encouraged the public outreach of our chapter by maintaining our website, and was a huge and continued proponent of our STEM outreach program including the scholarship program. The inaugural Edward ‘Ed’ Austin scholarship has been awarded to Juan Martinez-Medina, the son of Ana and Pedro Martinez. Juan attends a Chesapeake Public School and is an exemplary scholar who’s achieved much despite adversity. Juan intends to pursue a degree in computer engineering, where his impressive work ethic will pay off in spades. 

The Christopher Gavora Scholarship 

The Christopher Gavora Scholarship was established to honor the son of COL William Gavora, former Commander of the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate.  Chris was killed in a tragic high school baseball practice accident shortly after his family relocated from Hampton Roads to Texas.  The 2022 Christopher Gavora Scholarship has been awarded to Logan Richardson, a student in the York County Public School system.  Logan, the son of Channing and Don Richardson, is a proven scholar and school leader. As captain of 3 varsity teams, Logan has proven his leadership, while maintaining exemplary grades and scoring very well on the SAT. Logan plans to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. 

 

 

2022 TSEF Award Winners Announced

As it has for many years in the past, this year the VFS Hampton Roads Chapter presented multiple special awards at the Tidewater Science & Engineering Fair (TSEF). The Junior Division (Middle School) award winners received $200 for first place, and $100 for second place. The Senior Division (High School) award winners received $250 for first place, and $200 for second place. These awards are given to the students with the best projects supporting “the multidisciplinary fields of vertical flight, traditional rotorcraft platforms disciplines, and related support industries.”  The winners were judged to be the best versed with their work and performed the most unique experiments. Their teachers have also received a $100 award for supporting the STEM community and leading their students to these great achievements. Finally, the Tidewater Science Congress was also gifted $1000 to continue TSEF and help continue it well into the future. 

The Junior Division first place award winner was Nathan Shaw for his work on optical sensor performance under degraded visual environments. The second-place award winner was Gavin Fitzgerald, who investigated the performance effects of linear magnetic actuator arrangement. 

The Senior Division first place award winner was Erin Jones for her work studying the long-term effects of cognitive training. Her work investigated whether mental training tasks could improve cognitive performance in high schoolers. This work could lead to improved training for pilot focus and performance. Second place award winner in the senior division was Jack Shoemaker who investigated machine learning in weather forecasting. 

The awards were presented by the Chapter’s Education Director Dr. James Stephenson. 

Roger Fergurson Obituary

Roger Glen Furgurson died Thursday, February 20, 2020. He was a native of Danville, Virginia and had been a resident of Williamsburg for 58 years. Mr. Furgurson was a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VA Tech). He retired from the Aviation Advanced Technology Directorate at Ft. Eustis. Roger was always interested in aviation and was a flight instructor for a number of years. He was interested in birds and nature all of his life. Roger enjoyed playing the harmonica and was a member of a band that played music in various venues in the Williamsburg area. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Beulah (Bea) Orange Furgurson; and parents, Ernest B. Furgurson and Passie D. Furgurson. Survivors include his beloved children, Mark of Montvale, Virginia, Ann of Montrose, Colorado, and Neal of Roanoke, Virginia; grandchildren, Mark, Jr. (Karen), Jamie and Jacob; great grandchildren, Rebecca, Thomas and Kingston; and brother, Ernest B. (Pat) Furgurson, Jr. of Washington, D.C. A service will be held Friday, February 28th at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg at 2pm with the visitation to follow beginning at 3pm.

Ken Hampton Obituary

Kenneth Duane Hampton, 83, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Ken attended Mars Hill College and graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Upon graduation in pursuit of his love for aviation, he came to the Peninsula to work for NASA, Langley, in the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel, and later transferred to the US Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) (AVLABS) at Ft. Eustis, until his retirement in 1993. After retirement, he worked at Jamestown Settlement, was involved with CNU’s Life-Long Learning Society, and pursued his love of art and was an accomplished painter.

Ken had a passion for serving others and the community. This was exemplified by his over 50 years of working with the Boy Scouts of America, especially with Troops 48 and 6. He was awarded the Silver Beaver and the Distinguished Scouting Award. Ken made a positive impact in the lives of so many boys through the years. He believed in scouting and taught by example, serving as a role model. Ken organized many a Klondike Derby, hiked the C & O Canal more times that he would have liked to remember, participated in numerous summer camps, and enjoyed a trip to Philmont. If added up, his time spent in the woods camping would have been over 6 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

Appreciation for Angel Tree Gifts

Happy New Year!
 I just wanted to take the time and Thank You again on behalf of the family(ies) you supported during the Holiday Season.     All of the families were very, very appreciative.     I will bring over Thank you cards from the families as I receive them.
 Again, thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

Sincerely,
Marlene F. Cherrye
Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support
Army Community Service
 Joint Base Langley – Eustis

Harold Holland Obituary

Harold Wayne Holland, 81, of Williamsburg, died Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Born in Tennessee, he lived most of his life in Williamsburg. He was a member of Lebanon Christian Church in Lee Hall, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1960 with an engineering degree. He spent two years in the U.S. Army Reserves and retired as an aerospace engineer for the U.S. Army rotorcraft research and development activity at Ft. Eustis in 1996.

Ned Chase Retirement Luncheon

Ned is retiring from his position as Deputy Program Manager, Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Competitive Prototype (FARA CP)
Come celebrate at the Fort Eustis Club in the T-Lounge on Thursday, January 9, 2020 @ 11:30 a.m. Address: 2123 Pershing Avenue, Ft Eustis, VA

Menu: Salad Bar, Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, turnip greens, yellow corn and homemade rolls
Price: $18 (includes the cost of lunch plus tax and gratuity)
Please RSVP and pay by December 31, 2019 to
Joyce Bunch @ joyce.d.bunch.civ@mail.mil