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Callahan memorial scholarships awarded in Airman's honor

by Staff Sgt. Robin Drake
Thunderbolt staff writer
photo by Staff Sgt. Robin Drake

Col. Maggie Woodward (left) commander of the 6th Air Mobilty Wing, presents Capt Johnnie Barrett, 6th Medical Operations Squadron, with the Capt. Jodi Callahan Memorial Graduate Scholarship.

The Capt. Jodi Callahan Memorial Graduate Scholarship for 2005 was awarded to two Airmen from the 6th Air Mobility Wing during the Air Force Association luncheon held at the Officers Club Oct. 13.

Capt. Johnnie Barrett, 6th Medical Operations Squadron, and 2nd Lt. Julie Corchado, 6th Contracting Squadron, were recognized as recipients. Attendees included servicemembers from MacDill, Jim and Bonnie Callahan, Captain Callahan's parents, and members from the AFA Jerry Waterman Chapter, Tampa, Fla., and the Gen. Nathan F. Twining Chapter, Palm Harbor, Fla.

The scholarship provides a $1000 stipend for any Air Force active duty, Guard or Reserve member, officer or enlisted, who are full-time students. Potential recipients must be pursuing a master's degree in a non-technical field of study. Applicants must have a 3.0 grade-point average or higher and be enrolled in the current or upcoming semester with a minimum of three credit hours.

This scholarship is in memory of Captain Callahan who was an AFA Under-Forty National Director and a trustee of the Aerospace Education Foundation until her death in 1996. The scholarship is through the Jodi Callahan Memorial Fund established by her family and friends, according to the AEF Website, www.aef.org.

In 1990, Captain Callahan received a regular commission into the Air Force. She spent her first assignment as an administrative officer in the survival school at Fairchild AFB, Wash. She also served as the civil engineer squadron section commander and the chief of protocol while stationed at Fairchild.

Her next assignment was to Langley AFB, Va., where she was the section commander for the Mission Support Squadron. Additionally, Capt. Callahan performed duties as the executive officer for the Air Combat Command Logistics commander.

Captain Callahan was selected in 1996 as one of 52 Air Force Captain's to serve in the Air Force Intern Program at the U.S. Pentagon.

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