NAFBM Board of Directors
NAFBM Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at the Norton Regional Event Center located at 1601 E 3rd Street, San Bernardino, CA 92408. All meetings are open to the public.
President: Robert M. Edwards (Bob)
Vice President: Mike Parkerson
Treasurer: Jane Sneddon
Secretary: Gil Vanegas
Advisor: Catherine Pritchett
Members at Large: Bonnie Seath, Robert Turner, Gary Jacobs, Tom Killough, James (Jim) Bardaro, Art LaMothe, Billy Mitchel and RC Grant
Robert M. Edwards (Bob)
Bob Edwards has 39 combined years of aircraft experience in various capacities to include 20 years in the USAF and 19 years as an aerospace contractor. He has extensive experience in ground and flight-testing of new prototype and heavily modified USAF aircraft retiring in Dec 2006. After retiring, Bob was elected as Vice President, and then President of Norton Veterans Group spanning a time frame of 3.5 years. In 2011 Bob was selected as the first President of the new Norton Air Force Base Museum a position he continues to hold today. In assuming the role as President, Bob understands that building the new Museum will not only present the story of Capt. Leland Norton, but will also demonstrate the contribution Norton AFB gave to San Bernardino, the Inland Empire and more importantly the worldwide missions of the 63rd and 445th Military Airlift Wings.
Mr. Edwards' objective is to keep the Norton AFB Museum Board members motivated and focused as they work as a team of multitalented individuals to plan, organize, develop, and display, the story of the Norton AFB. Bob hopes to promote the Norton AFB Museum to individuals of all ages, groups, and schools throughout the region. The most important part of leading the development and continued improvement of the Norton AFB Museum is to ensure that the story of the Norton AFB is told through the stories, artifacts, and collections of those whose lives were influenced by the base.
Mr. Edwards has the experience and motivation to ensure the Norton Air Force Museum remains a place to review, learn, and share the colorful and interesting history of Norton AFB. Also, a place to review the related stories of the many military and civilian individuals who were assigned to successfully meet the overall USAF mission and the key part Norton AFB played in the defense of the United States of America. He fully embraces the museum's Mission Statement; "To preserve, honor, and promote the history of Norton Air Force Base".
Mike Parkerson is the newest officer of the Norton AFB Museum’s Board of Directors. Mike is now the Vice President. He brings to the Board a solid background of retail sales and a strong honorable service as a 4 year veteran of the US Marine Corp. During his military career, he had the opportunity to interface often with the Norton AFB Aero Port Team as he delivered pallets of equipment and supplies for airdropping from the C-141 aircraft found at Norton. After the military, Mike entered the retail automotive parts industry investing 22 years. This experience coupled with his current position as a Manager with nationally known corporation compliments and rounds out the talents that comprise the Norton AFB Board of Directors.
Jane was born and raised in San Bernardino. The doors of her family home were always open to Norton AFB personnel who could not make it home for the holidays. She has many fond memories of interaction with people who were stationed there.
Jane left for college in Wyoming and she and her daughter eventually returned to San Bernardino. Since returning to San Bernardino, she became actively involved in community affairs. She has developed a network of contacts in the city by her participation in various organizations such as Route 66 Rendezvous, the San Bernardino Bicentennial Committee, and various other organizations in the city.
Jane’s goal for the Museum is that it will tell the story of the many people who so honorably served there and the important things that they accomplished during the lifetime of the base. She feels the story of Norton AFB is an important part of the history of our valley.
Gilbert "Gil" Vanegas held concurrent Military and Civilian successful careers in the United States Air Force: First on Active Duty and Reservist culminating as a Chief Master Sergeant serving in the Aircraft Maintenance Career Field, and in the Civil Service in the field of Logistics with Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles from which he retired as a Logistics Manager.
His career included a stint as an Air Reserve Technician (ART) in Aircraft Maintenance where he helped organize the "Reserve Associate Program". This complex concept was pioneered at Norton Air Force Base, under which its main component is the integration of Active Duty personnel, Reservists, Civil Service and ARTs doing the same job: Maintaining the C!41 Aircraft which resulted in increased flying hours in support of global missions.
As a Reservist, he was recalled to active duty on numerous occasions to do special projects for periods of time consisting of days, months and years, as in the case of his 2-year special assignment to Howard Air Force in Panama, under the Southern Command. His work as the Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent of "Volant Oak" and its mission of providing support to the Latin American Embassy Run, the War on Drugs and Humanitarian flights with C-130s resulted in Gil receiving the Army Joint Service Commendation Medal, a rare decoration for Airmen.
Gil is most proud of the fact that at Norton Air Force Base he held positions while on Active Duty, a Reservist, ART and Civil Service; and needless to say, Norton has a special place in his mind and heart.
Upon retiring he formally organized a successful Notary, Tax Preparation/Consulting business in San Bernardino. He strongly believes paying back to the society what the Air Force has given him, serving the community as a volunteer non-paid tax preparer for Veterans and the Elderly.
Gil is married to the former AYAKO OKADA of Fukuoka City, Japan which was next to Itazuke Air Force Base. He has two grown children with families of their own, Gilbert M. (wife Christine) and Lisa L. (husband Gaspar Diaz).