The Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, Museum of Military History will hold its annual Hall of Fame Awards on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Museum located on the Porter-McCampbell Airport at 3201 Farm-to-Market 3521 in Aransas Pass.

The 2017 Hall of Fame Award honorees include Major General Angela Salinas, USMC (Ret), a native of Alice; Lt. Joe Sasserman, US (Ret) of Corpus Christi and Andrew Adams, Senior CPO Master Diver USN (Ret) of Ingleside. These veterans have shown exemplary service to our Country and we are pleased to honor their service.

The Third Coast Squadron selects veterans each year who represented the country in combat. A plaque will be presented to each recipient or family and one will hang on the Wall of Honor in the Museum of Military History.

Salinas served in the US Marine Corps for 39 years. She was the first Latina selected and promoted to the general officer ranks, and at retirement in September 2013, she was the senior ranking Hispanic woman in the Corps.

A Girl Scout alumna, Salinas is a role model to girls and women who seek to break through the glass ceiling. She was the first woman to command the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region, the first woman assigned as an Assistant Chief of Staff for plans and policy of a major combatant organization and the first woman assigned as a ground major;s combat service support monitor.

Her personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit gold star; the Army Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars and much more.

Salinas' accolades extend past her military experience. January 2017, she was awarded the first “Medal” from Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship on behalf of Syracuse Universithy. She is a 2016 San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame inductee, 2016 TAMACC Woman of Distinction and a 2016 Hope Hispanic Heritage Recipient to name a few.

She serves on the board of directors for the Young Marines, The First Tee of Greater San Antonio and Prospera Housing Community Services. A native of Alice, she holds a Master of Arts from the Naval War College and a bachelor's degree from the Dominican College of San Rafeal, California. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Dominican University in 2015 and named a Distinguished Alumni in 2016.

The ceremony is free and open to the public. There will be WWII movies in the Museum and WWII airplanes to view and ride before and after the event.

For further information contact Pearson Knolle at pearsonknolle@gmail.com or 361-813-6551.