TEFGA
Transportation Education Foundation of Georgia

Transportation Education Foundation of Georgia

We celebrate our retired teacher. - By Patrick Joyce

On Saturday, September 17th, TEFGA had the opportunity to host a luncheon for one of our retired veteran aviation instructors Ronald Hutchison. I met Ron many years ago when he applied for the Aviation Maintenance Instructor position at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Georgia. Ron had just retired from Delta Air Lines after a 50-year career and wanted to give back to the community by instructing our students in the trade he loved. He was hired and did a tremendous job in building the aviation program.

Ron has been an active member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen for many years and both organizations saw an opportunity to celebrate and thank a wonderful person for all that he has done over the years promoting aviation.

 Ron Hutchison on the left, Wes Riddick, Delta Air Lines on the right.
Ron Hutchison on the left, Wes Riddick, Delta Air Lines on the right.
Some of the luncheon participants
Some of the luncheon participants

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