Colonel Paul L. Green Named 'Unforgettable Citizen of the Year - 2007'
Former Norton Air Force Base Commander Honored as Part of Stater
Bros./Arrowhead Water Unforgettables Charity Golf Classic at Redlands
COLTON, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Stater Bros. Markets is proud to announce that Colonel Paul L. Green, United States Air Force (RET), was named the "Unforgettable Citizen of The Year 2007" at the VIP Honors Reception held in conjunction with the 6th Annual Stater Bros./Arrowhead Water Unforgettables Charity Golf Classic. This year's event was held on March 4 and March 5 at Redlands Country Club in Redlands, California to raise awareness and funds for The Unforgettables Foundation. This Inland Empire foundation helps to provide dignified funerals and financial assistance for low-income families who have recently lost a child. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070319/LAM065) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030421/STATERLOGO) Colonel Green has the distinction of being one of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen, a dedicated and determined group of young men who became America's first Black military airmen. He spent his childhood in the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home in Xenia, Ohio. Drafted into the Army Quartermaster Corps in 1943, he completed Flying Training School at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and joined the 99th Fighter Squadron, flying combat missions in Italy. He is a Command Pilot with over 5,000 flying hours. In addition, he has received 18 military awards, honors, and decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Bronze Star and the Presidential Unit Citation, all with Oak Leaf Clusters. Colonel Green served as the Base Commander for Norton Air Force Base, San Bernardino, California from 1974 to 1976. In addition, he has served as a Squadron and Wing Electronics Officer, a Mission Commander of an Organizational Maintenance Squadron, Aircraft Maintenance Control Officer, a Wing Chief of Maintenance, and a Wing Deputy Commander for Logistics. Colonel Green is a member of the board of directors for many community organizations. He is a Past President of the Downtown Rotary Club and Past President and a member of the Board of Governors of the National Orange Show Events Center. He is a member of the Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated, a life member of the Daedalians, and a life member of the Air Force Association. In February 2006, Colonel Green received an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Tuskegee University in Alabama. He and his wife Angel have been married 61 years and currently reside in Highland, California. Stater Bros. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jack H. Brown stated: "Paul Green has been my personal 'Hero' since I first was introduced to him as the incoming Base Commander at Norton Air Force Base in the early '70s, and he should be a 'Hero' to all. Raised in an orphans' home, he answered America's call when he was drafted by the Army Quartermaster Corps in 1943 during the worst of World War II. "He would not let his 'Dream' of flying be denied to him. So he applied to the flying school at the Tuskegee Institute, and the rest is American History, as the Tuskegee Airmen wrote their own chapter in American Military History. "Angel and Paul have been married for 61 years. With her at his side, Paul was destined to be one of America's most decorated flyers and one of the last Tuskegee Airmen. I solute Colonel Paul Green, The Unforgettable Citizen of the Year!" Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2006 of $3.5 billion. Last year, Stater Bros. contributed over $15 million in support of nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves, with an emphasis on worthy programs that benefit hunger relief, health and nutrition, and education. The Company currently operates 162 Supermarkets, and there are over 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. "Family" of Employees. STATER BROS. MARKETS...SERVING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAMILIES FOR 70 YEARS Contact: Susan Atkinson Vice President Corporate Affairs Stater Bros. Markets (909) 783-5038
SOURCE Stater Bros. Markets
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