A former Minot Air Force Base resident is returning to the area to sing the national anthem at the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame banquet in Minot next Wednesday night.
Jody Newton is an accomplished vocalist and has performed from California to Washington, D.C. Most recently, she performed at the nation's World War II Memorial in honor of the 68th anniversary of the end of the war.
Jody and her husband, retired Lt. Gen. Dick Newton, resided at Minot Air Force Base from February 2000-December 2001, where he was commander of the 5th Bomb Wing. While they were stationed at the Minot base she sang for the Parade of Flags at Norsk Hostfest. The Hall of Fame banquet also is a Norsk Hostfest event.
The Newtons currently reside just outside of Washington, where they recently transitioned from the Air Force after 18 moves and a 34-year career.
They were the first occupants of the renovated Belle Chance historic quarters at Andrews AFB, Md. She brought these historic quarters and grounds back to life whereby this official residence today provides a suitable setting to host international dignitaries, civic leaders, military senior leaders, among others for years to come.
Jody has a strong passion for airmen and their families. She played a lead volunteer role in the stand up of the Center for the Families of the Fallen at Dover AFB, Del. The families of our fallen now have a comfortable waiting and grieving area when they come to witness the dignified transfer of their loved ones remains. Also, she accompanied her husband on a number of visits including the New York Veterans Hospital in Manhattan, honoring veterans for their service during Veterans Day celebrations in 2009 and 2011, as well as visiting Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed and Bethesda national medical centers. A memorable highlight for her was serving as the 2011 Entertainment Committee chair for the Air Force Charity Ball that garnered over $650,000 in voluntary donations.
In April 2012 she received the Air Force's Exceptional Service Award from the Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, for her service to the Air Force and this nation.
The Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame banquet will be Oct. 2 at the Grand Hotel in Minot, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $46 and can be obtained by calling the Hostfest office at 852-2368 or by visiting (hostfest.com).