Overview and History
The constitution of the Freedom Through Vigilance Association (FTVA), hereinafter referred to as the association, states that the objectives of the association are to foster continued awareness of the mission and the accomplishments of the USAF, in general, and the USAFSS/ESC/AFIC/AIA/AF ISR Agency/24th Air Force/25th Air Force, and past or preseet military and civilian personal of 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) in particular; and, to provide the association members a forum for desirable social, educational and humanitarian services.
Fulfillment of these objectives takes many forms. One particular program which promotes the awareness of the mission and accomplishments of the USAF and USAFSS/ESC/AFIC/AIA/AF ISR Agency/24 AF/25 AF, and 16 AF (Air Forces Cyber), hereinafter referred to as the Heritage Organizations, is to honor those who have served the Heritage Organizations with great distinction and excellence, far above and beyond that expected by virtue of grade or position.
There is no greater honor than to be recognized by one’s peers as one of the “best of the best.”
The USAFSS/ESC Association, the predecessor of the Freedom Through Vigilance Association, introduced the program in 1983 when “The Founders” of the command were identified and recognized. In subsequent years, the association identified and recognized “Distinguished Alumni” from among those who served with distinction during a decade (e.g. the Fifties, the Sixties, etc.).
Subsequently, the program became the Hall of Honor (HoH) Program and honored individuals of any period who served the command with great distinction. While it is clearly understood that there were different criteria for the selection of those in the past, to facilitate understanding and preclude confusion, all individuals previously selected – Founders, Distinguished Alumni and Hall of Honor – are referred to in this document as “Hall of Honor” or “HoH” members.
This charter formalizes the Hall of Honor Program in a single document, states its purpose, articulates the policy and eligibility criteria, and establishes the selection procedures. Furthermore, it is the intent of this charter to ensure that the integrity of the Hall of Honor Program is not compromised, that the criteria for selection remains stringent, and that only the “best of the best” are inducted into the Hall of Honor as members.
To identify, recognize, honor and provide lasting tribute to those individuals who served with great distinction and brought recognition and honor to the USAF, the command and themselves while assigned to units with lineage to the USAFSS, ESC, AFIC, AIA or AF ISR Agency, 24 AF, 25 AF or 16 AF.