Thread Tails and Vapor Trails Navy Quilts Challenge Bios

Vice Admiral Gerald L. Hoewing (Ret.)

United States Navy President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Naval Aviation Museum and President of the National Flight Academy Pensacola, Florida

VADM Gerald L. Hoewing a native of Keokuk, Iowa was commissioned an ensign from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He flew the A-7E Corsair II light attack aircraft on multiple deployments to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) on USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), followed by multiple Mediterranean and Indian Ocean deployments on USS Independence (CV-62) and USS Forestall (CV-59).

Vice Admiral Hoewing was the Operational Test Director for the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft during its initial operation evaluation and later commanded VFA-81 embarked in USS Saratoga (CV-60) during Operation Desert Shield. Additional sea duty commands included USS Seattle (AOE-3), USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and Commander Carrier Group SEVEN/USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Battle Group.

His shore assignments include multiple tours of duty in the personnel domain ranging from Bureau of Naval Personnel to the Office of Secretary of Defense. Vice Admiral Hoewing’s final active duty assignment was as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower and Personnel, Training and Education)/Chief of Naval Personnel.

Admiral Hoewing’s current position is President and Chief Executive Officer, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, the private fund raising arm of the National Museum of Naval Aviation and the proposed National Flight Academy.

Charlie Hoewing

Pensacola, Florida

Charlotte Story was born and raised in Red Bluff, California. After studying fashion merchandising at Woodbury College in Los Angeles, she relocated to Hanford, California near Naval Air Station Lemoore where she met then Lieutenant Gerry Hoewing. Charlie and Gerry were married in 1978 and moved 19 times in Gerry’s 35 year active duty Navy career. Charlie supported her husband as a Navy spouse through eight six-month long deployments while raising two children. She was thrust into spouse leadership roles as the wife of a F/A-18 squadron Commanding Officer, two ship commands (including an aircraft carrier) and as the spouse of an admiral in charge of a Carrier Strike Group. She was instrumental in mentoring and coaching Navy spouses ranging from newly-weds to spouses of new admirals. Charlie was first introduced to quilting during Desert Shield and Desert Storm by two squadron spouses. She has been an active quilter ever since. Charlie has been a volunteer throughout her career, including the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, was an Arlington Lady supporting families of deceased military veterans, and is currently a volunteer for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. It has been Charlie’s dream for several years to help create a quilt challenge to honor the first 100 years of Naval Aviation. She and Gerry have two children and three young grandchildren and the Hoewing’s reside in Pensacola, Florida.

Kelly Gallagher-Abbott

Naval Aviation Foundation Quilt Challenge Curator and Owner of Jukebox Quilts

Kelly’s education is in the science and art of nursing (RN, BSN, MSN in progress). She has worked mainly as a high-risk labor and delivery nurse, but has always been very interested in textiles and art. She began quilting in 1988, and soon after started her company Jukebox Quilts. At nearly the same time, Kelly and husband Jim also began their family. They have three beautiful children - a daughter Karlee and sons Kyle and Ryan.

Jukebox Quilts / Galloping Rabbit, Inc. (the Corporation name is a play on Kelly’s last name) publishes books, cards, and patterns for the quilt market, and carries other supplies for quilters. They specialize in humorous and whimsical designs and represent many other fiber artists. They also film and produce a series of How-To Videos/DVDs called “Workshops to Go,” featuring many of the top award winning quilt artists and their techniques.

Kelly has designed a fabric line, many patterns, and has written several books. She was a hand model and “stunt quilter” in the movie How to Make an American Quilt, has been on HGTV’s Simply Quilts and Alene’s Creative Living. She’s also created quilts used in television advertisements and many magazines. Kelly travels to lecture, judge, and teach crazy quilting, painting on quilts and use of other pigments, and many other fiber art topics. In 2003, she took over as the curator of the Hoffman Challenge. This job provided her with a wonderful opportunity to use the many skills acquired over the previous several years, as well as the chance to interact with the approximately 600 competitors and hundreds of exhibitors, guilds, and shops who display this impressive and creative collection of quilts, garments, dolls, and accessories each year.

Kelly works actively with many organizations to create fund raising quilts with and for children, and to date has worked on quilts that have raised over $100,000 for schools and charities like the American Cancer Society and ChildSafe of Fort Collins, CO.

Kelly works out of Jukebox Quilts Studio, a large studio in Fort Collins, CO , and also offers local classes and services, including long arm quilting; a method of quilting that uses a hand or computer guided 5’ x 12’ sewing machine. She is the Gammill/Statler® dealer for a 5 state area, and specializes in the graphics program which is used to program this computer driven machine.

Kelly is an active member of several Colorado guilds and is current president of the Rocky Mountain Quilt Foundation , a group dedicated to providing educational opportunities for individuals interested in fiber art. RMQF puts on a large quilt/vendor show in Loveland, CO in August called the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival, and is working to assist quilt guilds in Colorado and Wyoming to improve operations and communication, and to provide display opportunities for their members.

Kelly’s passion for quiltmaking and design infuses her every waking moment. “It is a joy to share techniques and my interests with the many students and guilds I visit yearly. This challenge will enable us to show our appreciation for members of the armed forces, and to reach beyond the quilt world to introduce the art of quiltmaking to a whole new demographic. The same is true for the Navy. Quilts will draw a new group of people to air shows and events, and allow the opportunity to educate about the historic achievements and the current security provided by the military. Accepting the role as curator for this challenge is both exciting and humbling at the same time. I look forward to enjoying the entries that are submitted, and to coordinating exhibitions throughout 2011. The humbling part comes from the opportunity to work with America’s true heroes, the men and women who don uniforms and protect the rest of us and the wonderful freedom we enjoy every day. It is an honor to have this opportunity, and I look forward to working with quiltmakers, sponsors and volunteers as we celebrate 100 years of naval aviation.”

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Christine N. Brown, NQA Certified Quilt Judge

Christine N. Brown of Castle Rock, Colorado, is an NQA Certified Quilt Judge who is qualified to judge master quilts. She has been a quilter for over 34 years and a quilt judge for 16 years. In April 2005, Christine was appointed as editor-in-chief of American Quilter magazine, published by the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah, Kentucky, a position she still holds.

Christine answers the call to both innovative and traditional styles in her own work. Her quilts have won awards in national and regional competitions, and she has contributed to numerous magazines and quilt books. As a judge, she has appreciation for the myriad techniques being used by today’s fiber artists. Christine believes that a well-qualified quilt judge should provide helpful feedback to show entrants, via written and oral commentary, on both workmanship and design.

When judging quilts, Christine puts emphasis on unity: All aspects of design (pattern, color, fabric, quilting stitches, border treatment, imagery and embellishments) should work together to produce an integrated, successful piece. “Judging the challenge quilts made in honor of Naval Aviation’s 100th anniversary was both a privilege and a pleasure. The experience has given me renewed appreciation for my husband’s naval career and for the sacrifices of so many other past and present service members associated with Naval Aviation.”

Captain Thomas W. Brown, USNR-Ret

Tom began his 31-year naval career when he reported to the Navy Preflight Command in Pensacola as a Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) in 1965. Upon designation as a Naval Aviator in 1967, he received orders to VA-82, one of the first A-7A squadrons, and was deployed to “Yankee Station” in 1968 onboard USS America where he conducted carrier-based combat operations over North Vietnam and Laos. During the first 20 years of his Navy career, he accumulated nearly 2,800 flight hours and 300 carrier landings in a variety of tactical jets including the A-7 Corsair II, A-4 Skyhawk, and the F-8 Crusader.

Later duties included Commanding Officer of a reserve A-7B squadron, System Analyst in OPNAV at the Pentagon, assignment as an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for FEMA, and finally as Commanding Officer of a SACLANT (Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic) detachment.

He also pursued a civilian aviation career with Eastern Air Lines and United Air Lines and retired as a B-747-400 Captain with UAL. He is currently a 747 simulator flight instructor for Evergreen International Airlines in Denver.



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