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Gordy Fornell is awarded DAR Most Prestigious Award

Congratulations are in order. Last week, Gordy Fornell, founding board member and Vice Chair, was presented the Daughters of the American Revolution’s most prestigious award, the DAR Medal of Honor. While we know him as Gordy, Lt. Gen. Gordon Fornell, USAF, Ret. was recognized for his service to the local community since his retirement in 1993. Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioner Carolyn Ketchel, State Rep. Patt Maney, R-Shalimar, and DAR representatives Lija Eldridge and Cindy Addison presented Fornell with the award… “No one has been more active and effectively engaged on a continuous basis in his efforts to improve our community and all of our families in Northwest Florida,” Maney said. Maney added that Fornell flew more than 200 combat missions and held various command and operational assignments, including test pilot and leadership roles at Edwards Air Force Base and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Fornell also served as the commander of the armament division at Eglin Air Force Base from 1985 to 1987.