Lt. Col. R. Patrick Phillips receives the Kittinger Award from GOAA Board Members Domingo Sanchez, Dean Asher and Chairman Frank Kruppenbacher. GOAA Board members, Congressman John Mica, Col. Joe Kittinger and family members of Medal of Honor recipients help unveil a new plaque to honor Central Florida’s four Medal of Honor recipients.

Lt. Col. R. Patrick Phillips receives the Kittinger Award from GOAA Board Members Domingo Sanchez, Dean Asher and Chairman Frank Kruppenbacher. GOAA Board members, Congressman John Mica, Col. Joe Kittinger and family members of Medal of Honor recipients help unveil a new plaque to honor Central Florida’s four Medal of Honor recipients.

ORLANDO, FL. – It was standing room only as hundreds of people turned out for Liberty Weekend at Orlando International Airport. The theme for this year was “Liberty Soars” and it was a time to pay tribute to those brave men who have received our nation’s highest military honor, going above and beyond the call of duty, Central Florida’s Medal of Honor recipients and the winner of this year’s Colonel Joe Kittinger Award, Lt. Colonel R. Patrick Phillips.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chairman Frank Kruppenbacher, praised Lt. Col. Phillips for his military service to our country and his efforts to help further the cause of aviation in Central Florida.

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performed patriotic songs while the crowd sang along and waved American flags. The annual event, which is the only one-of-its-kind in the nation, transforms the airport’s Hyatt Hotel atrium into a concert hall; complete with festive 4th of July decorations and a Navy color guard.