Brig. Gen. H. Brent Baker Sr., Ogden Air Logistics Complex commander, congratulated five people who received scholarships from a professional organization associated with the base, July 31 at The Landing.
The Logistics Officers Association awarded Airman 1st Class Jeric Hernandez, a scholarship in the amount of $1,250, for his paper written on the topic, "Logistics Readiness."
In the high school category, there were three levels of winners. Joshua Wilding took first place for his paper on "Operation: Phantom Fury" and received a scholarship check in the amount of $900. Veronica Doumit, took second, as she addressed "Operation Vittles: The Berlin Airlift," and received $550. Breanne DeMar addressed "The Persian Gulf War," and took home a check for $200.
In the performance and service category, Master Sgt. Angela Sanders-Crum, 414th Supply Chain Management Squadron, received a $100 scholarship.
Baker went on to speak to the group, including logisticians, scholarship winners and their families, noting the high degree of participation by the Wasatch Chapter of LOA in providing the scholarships. He acknowledged the support of the families in students' efforts.
The general said he and his wife had four children in college for 12 consecutive years, adding that he was pretty excited at the last child's recent graduation.
"That LOA provides these scholarships is pretty important," Baker said. When his first child was contemplating college, he encouraged his oldest to apply for every scholarship possible.
Baker emphasized the importance of not only LOA, but all professional organizations and the mentoring such organizations provide once graduates enter their career fields, encouraging students to consider membership in their respective professional organizations.
"It is interesting the last few years it has really become kind of cool to be a logistician," said the general. He cited a recent commercial where a man assembles his ducks in a row -- "that's logistics," he said.
He quoted a former mentor and boss from the Pacific Air Forces, former Commander Gen. Gary L. North, "It's all about logistics," he would say as he pulled Baker aside. "Logistics is a primary reason why the U.S. wins most confrontations."
Baker thanked the very active chapter members of LOA, complemented them on their efforts and again congratulated the scholarship recipients.
The scholarship winners will go on to compete at the national level in their respective categories.