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Letter of Reference

Colonel Darrell Whitcomb (retired)

USAFA class of 1968

   17 Aug 2015


To whom it may concern:

In 2013, I worked with Jim Nance to design and sculpt a bronze monument for the Southeast Asia Pavilion at the U.S. Air Force Academy. That pavilion honors those graduates of the Academy who served in that war in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. My veteranís group Ė the Southeast Asia Forward Air Controllerís Association, selected me to serve as the project leader for this effort.

Jim was the overall project designer and sculptor. I contacted him and outlined my initial ideas for the monument. He worked with me over several months to conceptualize a design which would capture the message that we wanted to portray concerning the service of our veterans in the war. He then turned it into a stunning work of bronze which was overwhelmingly approved and admired by our group. It allowed us to place our marker amongst those of many other veterans groups in that pavilion, and memorialize the role that we played and the sacrifices that we made in that long ago war. 

Jim made that happen. Beyond his artistic creativity, he provided us with the cost estimates for initial sculpture and long term maintenance so that we could secure funding from our group. He met all of our delivery dates and was responsive to all of our requests and schedule adjustments. He is a highly creative and professional sculptor and businessman. It was a pleasure to work with him and I give him my highest recommendation.

Respectfully submitted,

Darrel Whitcomb, Col (ret) USAF

Forward Air Controller FAC Memorial Project leader 

Fairfax, VA



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