BROOKSVILLE - A Brooksville certified public accountant was awarded a membership to the Air Force Association's Tampa Bay regional chapter Thursday for his pledged support.
Roger Jacobs, of Brooksville, was presented the award by Dennis Foley of the Waterman-Twining Chapter.
At the ceremony, Jacobs said his willingness to support the Air Force comes from a family history of active military service.
"My father was active military, so was my father-in-law, and my brother-in-law," Jacobs said.
The Waterman-Twining Chapter No. 316 of the Air Force Association serves the Tampa Bay region, and advocates the needs of the United States Air Force and Air Force Community, according to the chapter's website.
Its members include Air Force Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and retired members.
The organization also includes those in academia, as well as local industry partners like Rogers and others who "wish to communicate, collaborate, share information on, and support the United States Air Force and the Air Force Community," according to the chapter's website.
"The chapter recruits community partners to support the mission of the Air Force Association, which is to advocate a strong national defense, and educate the public about that through ROTC awards, and a Civil Air Patrol," Foley said.
"We also give an eagle award to enlisted personnel in the Air Force, so they can continue their studies and get associates or bachelors degrees."
In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers and pilots worked to establish an organization that would use planes for national defense.
As a result of this effort. the Civil Air Patrol was established. It couldn't have come at a better time; one week prior the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
"Through the support of people like Mr. Jacobs we're able to continue in this time of sequestration, when education and training are hit," Foley said.
Foley asks that if any local businesses wish to join the chapter, to contact him at (352) 754-6160.