NO. R-150.† House concurrent resolution in memory of retired Vermont Air National Guard Brigadier General David L. Ladd.

(H.C.R.96)

Offered by:† Representatives Mazur of South Burlington, Audette of South Burlington, Head of South Burlington and Pugh of South Burlington.

Whereas, David L. Ladd was a highly decorated command pilot in the Vermont Air National Guard who rose to the serviceís senior leadership rank, and

Whereas, a native of Ticonderoga, New York, the future General Ladd was granted a direct commission in the Vermont Air National Guard in 1959, and

Whereas, in 1963, upon graduating from Cornell University, having completed his pilotís training as an undergraduate, he embarked on a military flying career with the Vermont Air National Guard, and

Whereas, during the ensuing decades, he participated in many advanced training courses, including classes offered at the Air War College, and

Whereas, undoubtedly, the ultimate training course for any pilot is flight time, and he logged in excess of 7,000 hours in the air in addition to 36 combat missions in the Palace Alert Program, and

Whereas, his superiors recognized his consistently superb on-duty performance, as he was the recipient of many commendations such as the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Master of Air Defense Rating, and

Whereas, especially worthy of mention is his being awarded the We Point With Pride Award for his saving of an F-102A Delta Dagger under extremely difficult conditions, and

Whereas, he was ultimately promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and designated as the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, the highest ranking Vermont Air National Guard officer, and

Whereas, upon retiring in 1997, General Ladd dedicated many hours to his special passion for Civil War reenactments through his membership in the Champlain Valley Reenactors, Inc. who portray the 2nd Vermont Infantry at commemorative battle reenactments, and

Whereas, he also served his community in a civilian capacity as a South Burlington justice of the peace, and

Whereas, his many friends and colleagues in the Vermont Air National Guard were greatly saddened to learn of General Laddís death, and

Whereas, his wife, Joan, and daughters, Lisa and Alison, were proud of his many achievements both in and out of military service, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its profound condolences to the family of retired Vermont Air National Guard Brig. Gen. (Ret.) David L. Ladd, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Joan Ladd in South Burlington.†