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November 8, 2011 > Special Life Events: Grace Feng

Special Life Events: Grace Feng

Submitted By Hayward Air Rally

Grace Feng of Hayward has enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and departed on October 11, 2011, for Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, to start basic training.

In a special ceremony at the Military Enlistment Processing Center San Jose, U.S. Army Maj. Gary Green temporarily relinquished command of the center to allow Chris Verbil to privately administer the Oath of Enlistment to Feng who looks forward to a career in the military; she plans to use the in-service educational opportunities as much as possible to pursue a college degree and, hopefully, a career as a pilot. She has promised to keep the Hayward Air Rally updated as she travels on this journey.

Feng's mother explained that her daughter would definitely not have considered this path had she not won a Hayward Air Rally scholarship to attend the Experimental Aircraft Association's 2010 Air Academy at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Her experience helped make up her mind.

"When we initiated the Hayward Air Rally scholarship program, I don't think the Committee necessarily considered the military alone as an option for our scholarship recipients but I'm proud to report that we're starting to see the real benefit of our program. I look forward to many future success stories," commented Chris Verbil, Chair of the Hayward Air Rally Committee. "Thank you to everyone for their continuing support of the Hayward Air Rally and our youth EAA Academy scholarship program."

The 48th Annual Hayward Air Rally is scheduled for June 8, 2012.

For more information about the Hayward Air Rally, visit For more about the Experimental Aircraft Association, visit

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