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'Volunteer of the Quarter' recognized at museum

DAYTON, Ohio - Robert Brandt (right), a volunteer in the 8th Air Force Control Tower and Nissen Hut at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and his wife Bette greet 88th Air Base Wing Vice Commander Col. Neal B. McElhannon (left). Brandt received the Team Wright-Patt Volunteer of the Quarter award for Fourth Quarter 2006.

DAYTON, Ohio - Robert Brandt (right), a volunteer in the 8th Air Force Control Tower and Nissen Hut at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and his wife Bette greet 88th Air Base Wing Vice Commander Col. Neal B. McElhannon (left). Brandt received the Team Wright-Patt Volunteer of the Quarter award for Fourth Quarter 2006.

DAYTON, Ohio - Museum volunteer Robert Brandt (right) talks about his experiences in the Air Force to 88th Air Base Wing Vice Commander Col. Neal B. McElhannon. Col. McElhannon visited the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to present Brandt with the Team Wright-Patt Volunteer of the Quarter award for the Fourth Quarter 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Museum volunteer Robert Brandt (right) talks about his experiences in the Air Force to 88th Air Base Wing Vice Commander Col. Neal B. McElhannon. Col. McElhannon visited the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to present Brandt with the Team Wright-Patt Volunteer of the Quarter award for the Fourth Quarter 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Robert Brandt (right), a volunteer in the 8th Air Force Control Tower and Nissen Hut at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, accepts the Team Wright-Patt Volunteer of the Quarter award from 88th Air Base Wing Vice Commander Col. Neal B. McElhannon. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Robert Brandt (right), a volunteer in the 8th Air Force Control Tower and Nissen Hut at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, accepts the Team Wright-Patt Volunteer of the Quarter award from 88th Air Base Wing Vice Commander Col. Neal B. McElhannon. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Col. Neal B. McElhannon, 88th Air Base Wing Vice Commander, presented Beavercreek resident Robert Brandt with the Team Wright-Patt "Volunteer of the Quarter" award for the fourth quarter 2006 on Friday, Feb. 9 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Brandt began volunteering at the museum in 1995. Since that time, he has provided a total of 2,700 hours of service. He currently volunteers in the two World War II exhibit buildings, the 8th Air Force Control Tower and Nissen Hut.

"Without fail, Robert meets his regular commitment of once per week in the control tower and once per month in the hut," says Volunteer Program Coordinator Bonnie Holtmann. "These two exhibit buildings are especially difficult to staff because they do not receive the volume of visitors as compared to the main museum complex."

In December, Brandt volunteered five extra shifts in addition to his regular schedule. He also serves as a trainer for the volunteer office staff and helps train new volunteers at the control tower and hut.

Because of his 32-year Air Force career, Brandt offers visitors a wealth of historical information. He began his career as co-pilot in a B-17, flying 35 combat missions. He went on to fly several other planes and was associated with aircraft such as the B-52 and C-130.

"Volunteers are an essential part of the museum," said Museum Director Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Charles D. Metcalf. "We appreciate all the skills and talents they bring. Without them, the museum would not be able to operate as it does."

About 450 people volunteer at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in most every division and activity. For more information about volunteering, please visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/volunteer/.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.


NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force at (937) 255-3286, ext. 302.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 332. 

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