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GAMA Mourns Passing of Former U.S. Senator Dole

GAMA NEWS 21-49 For Immediate Release: Dec 6, 2021

Dec 6, 2021
Contact: Andre Castro


GAMA Mourns Passing of Former U.S. Senator Dole

WASHINGTON, D.C. – General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President and CEO, Pete Bunce, released the following statement regarding the passing of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole:

“Senator Bob Dole is a true American hero and will always be regarded as the veterans’-veteran. He selflessly served his country for decades – on the battlefield, in the halls of Congress and at the National World War II Memorial. Senator Dole was also an ardent supporter of the general aviation industry and played a pivotal role in shepherding the General Aviation Revitalization Act through the legislative process to become law in 1994. For more than 15 years, Senator Dole also served as Chairman of the advisory committee of the Veterans Airlift Command, an organization providing free transportation for wounded veterans aboard general aviation aircraft. As one of the most prominent representatives of America’s ‘Greatest Generation’, we were honored to have Senator Dole lead the World War II veteran delegation attending the Arsenal of Democracy WWII Victory Flyover commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day on May 8th, 2015. In September of 2020, the Senator then served as honorary co-chairman for the Arsenal of Democracy WWII 75th Commemorative Flyover events.

“On behalf of the entire staff and membership of GAMA, the board and aircrews of the Veterans Airlift Command,  and the organizing committee of the Arsenal of Democracy flyovers, I extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Senator Dole’s wife, Elizabeth, their family and friends, his former congressional colleagues and his fellow World War II veterans. Senator Dole will forever be remembered for his courage, leadership, sacrifice and service.”




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