August 23, 2016 – Rose State College President, Dr. Jeanie Webb was honored to assist in the presentation of the 2nd annual Tinker and the Primes Patriot Award. The presentation took place at the “Tinker and the Primes” symposium sponsored by Northrop Grumman and Boeing as well as being co-hosted by Rose State College and the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce.
This year’s award was presented to Captain John “Irish” Keilty, United States Navy, Retired. The veteran served the U.S. for 30 years and retired in 2001 as Commodore of Tinker’s Navy Strategic Communications Air Wing One where he led 3,000 men and women.
Dr. Webb has the privilege of knowing Captain Keilty through his service to students and academics. Keilty serves as an adjunct physics and math professor as well as the Aerospace Discovery Camp facilitator at Rose State College. “This is a man who is committed to a life-time of learning for himself and the next generation,” said President Webb. “His passion for science and technology make Rose State College a great place to learn from a true expert in his field.”
Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center, served as the keynote speaker with presenters including Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Bruce A. Litchfield and Wade Moore, President of Advantage Bank Midwest City and President of the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce.
The “Tinker and the Primes” symposium is now in its eleventh year with the purpose of connecting small businesses with prime contractors at Tinker Air Force Base. Tinker is the largest single site employer in the state of Oklahoma and has a 3.5 billion dollar impact on Oklahoma’s economy. The symposium attracts hundreds of aerospace, defense and government contracting businesses and organizations.
2nd Tinker and the Primes Patriot Award Presenters and Recipient
(left to right) Rose State College President Dr. Jeanie Webb, President Northrup Grumman Technology Services Dr. Chris Jones, Captain (Ret.) John “Irish” Keilty, US Navy,
Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Lt. Gen. (Ret) Bruce Litchfield, Midwest City Chamber of Commerce President Wade Moore