George Hayward

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George Hayward first learned of the Party while serving in the U.S. Air Force, where he was recognized as one of the service’s top journalists in the 1990s. Among his two dozen military journalism awards, he won the Department of Defense’s Thomas Jefferson Award for editorials and commentaries in 1991 and was the Air Force’s journalist of the year in 1993. He left the service in 1999 and has worked primarily in public relations since. In 2011, he self-published a fiction novel, SOUL AFFLICTED. Today, he focuses his P.R. work on public service—local government and nonprofits. He strives to live Bill Baugh’s motto: there’s no such thing as a bad day.

Email George here or view his author profile on Amazon.

Below are links to some of George’s past writings about POWs and other military topics, ranging from special operations and deployed locations to a tornado, GPS and words to make you think or smile.

Note: the articles marked “PDF” at the end are scans of previously published articles in PDF format. Either click the link to open the PDF in a new window, or right click and select “save as” to save to your computer.

When Bill Baugh retired from civil service in 1991, George wrote this moving tribute to him for the base newspaper at then-Falcon Air Force Base, Colorado. It was part of trio of articles that won the Thomas Jefferson Award for editorials and commentaries in the 1991 Department of Defense Media Contest. (PDF)

From 1999, the Air Force flying unit that still gives former POWs one last flight in the cockpit in 2021 has a close tie to Ed Atterberry. (PDF)

Another 1999 piece goes inside the “Hanoi Taxi,” the first aircraft to fly POWs out of Vietnam during 1973’s Operation Homecoming. (PDF)

While editor of Air Force Space Command’s one-time official magazine, Guardian, George wrote this 1993 article that may be the first story anywhere about putting GPS into a person’s hand. Years later, at Airman Magazine, he’d write about GPS again, and how it would survive the impending “doom” of Y2K. (PDF)

This 1993 opinion piece about protesters and a “blind date” was one of the articles that earned George honors as the Air Force’s Journalist of the Year. (PDF)

During the Spring and Summer of 1998, George was deployed to Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait, where he lightened moods with a twice-monthly humor column in the remote desert base’s newspaper. (PDF)

George returned to Kuwait with Airman, where he reported from a remote base a short drive from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (PDF)

George covered more than military operations at Airman. When a tornado struck Oklahoma City and nearby Tinker Air Force Base, he wrote from the wreckage. (PDF)

He also spent time with the Air Force’s special operations forces, writing about the hard road followed by Combat Controller trainees, and the airborne Tactical Air Controllers that bring air support to the Army’s 82nd Airborne. (PDF)

The TACPs of the Air Force’s 14th ASOS gifted George one of their logoed black hoodies that he still wears and treasures today. (PDF)

George wrote a final back-cover tribute to Baugh for Airman Magazine that would run in 2000, after he left the service. (PDF)