By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 Contest
Thank you everyone for voting on our website for your favorite student videos! From January 21-31, our special panel of seven judges will review the videos! Their scores will be combined with the online votes to decide on the winners! (see official rules for judging details) We are pleased to have such a great panel of amazing people. Read below to find out more about them!
Major General Scott A. Vander Hamm is the Commander of the Eighth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command in Offutt AFB, Neb. “The Mighty Eighth” serves as the air component headquarters to USSTRATCOM for strategic deterrence, global strike, and its Joint Air Operations Center.
General Vander Hamm has received numerous service awards, among them are a Defense Superior Service Medal, a Distinguished Flying Cross, and a Bronze Star Medal. Vander Hamm and his wife, Joanna, are the proud parents of 11 children and several grandchildren.
Rita Cosby is a special correspondent for the CBS news magazine “Inside Edition,” and host of WOR’s radio program, “The Rita Cosby Show.” She has interviewed more than 20 world leaders, including five U.S. Presidents, and has spoken at the United Nations, Capitol Hill, and the Pentagon. She is also a renowned Emmy®-winning TV host in NYC and has anchored highly rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and NBC.
Rita’s critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, “Quiet Hero: Secrets from My Father’s Past,” tells about her father’s role during Wold War II as part of the Polish underground in Warsaw.
Sergeant (SFC) David D. Hack, U.S. Army (Ret.), grew up in Kentucky. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1957 at age 17 and served for four years. In 1964 he enlisted in the Army and
while serving in the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1968 he was injured and awarded the Purple Heart for injuries that ended his military career. After retiring from the Army, SFC Hack served as a police officer then later as a Chief of Police in Sebring, Ohio.
Today, Hack and his wife run a family operated company called U.S. Wings which supplies bomber jackets and aviation gear to all branches of the armed forces.
Kenny Saylors is a Nashville resident and an award-winning producer, director, and co-founder of Saylors Brothers Entertainment, Ltd. He has created innovative television series and programs for CBS, FOX, CSN, TBN, and FamilyNet. His music videos have topped the charts on MTV and BET. He has also produced award-winning documentaries and feature films, such as “Kimjongilia,” and the upcoming film “Veil of Tears” (in theaters March 2014). His work has been featured on Fox News, Newsweek, BBC, Time Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Huffington Post, Indie Wire, Charisma, and Christianity Today.
Dana Thiry Dildine is an educator and a real estate investor who currently resides in Ruidoso, New Mexico. She has a Masters degree in Education from Arizona State University. She has been in education for over twenty years in private and public schools, teaching grades ranging from elementary to college level. While teaching at Holloman Air Force Base Middle School in New Mexico she recently helped it achieve the coveted National Blue Ribbon School Award from the Federal Department of Education. Because of her passion for helping students learn history firsthand Dana has found it very rewarding to escort her classes to WWII museums and memorials to meet and talk with WWII veterans.
Ivan Agerton, a former U. S. Marine, is a Photographer/Cinematographer based in Seattle Washington. He and his two partners run Royal Galactic Media, a boutique production company that offers highly specialized services for companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. He travels internationally with clients to capture organic, emotional imagery. Ivan is also one of RED Digital Cinema’s chief REDucation instructors.
Heidi Habben is the owner of CRASH+SUES, a creative media company in Minneapolis with domestic and international clients. CRASH+SUES conceives and executes visual ideas including production, editing, visual effects, color, animation, and motion graphics. Examples of their excellent work can be viewed at www.crash-sues.com. Heidi has an utmost respect for our veterans and sees great value in teaching students about our heroes firsthand.
If you are a parent or educator interested in inspiring today’s youth by connecting them with American WWII veterans in an effort to collect their stories before they are lost forever, please visit our iHistory WW2 video contest website or find us on Facebook andTwitter!