Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Names New Board of Trustees

By Malerie Shelton-

June 3, 2016 –Pensacola, Fl—Recently the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation announced the addition of four new members to its Board of Trustees: Capt. Colleen Nevius, USN (Ret); Sandy Sansing; Vice Adm. David Buss, USN (Ret); and Bennett Croswell. The four new trustees will join the other 53 members of the Board as enthusiastic advocates of the Foundation’s mission to be a self-sustaining Foundation that engages the public by supporting and promoting the National Naval Aviation Museum experience and Naval Aviation, as well as conducting and promoting educational programs.

“We welcome these highly-regarded business and Naval Aviation leaders to our exceptional and dedicated Board of Trustees,” said General Duane Thiessen, CEO and President of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. “They will add an invaluable dynamic and diverse experience to the Board.”

Captain Colleen Nevius, USN (Ret)—Capt. Colleen Nevius became the first female aviator to graduate from United States Naval Test Pilot School. Nevius retired from the Navy in 2001. She now teaches middle school algebra.

Sandy Sansing—Sandy Sansing has been in the auto business since 1986 and is a major business leader in Northwest Florida. In addition to his business background, Sansing has a long history of community involvement and serves on several boards.

Vice Admiral David Buss, USN (Ret)—Vice Adm. David Buss joined Cubic Corporation in June 2015 and currently serves as the corporate senior vice president and president of Cubic Global Defense (CGD). Prior to joining Cubic, Buss served more than 36 years in the U.S. Navy, where he retired in the rank of Vice Admiral after serving more than two years as Commander, Naval Air Forces (the Navy’s “Air Boss”).

Bennett Croswell—Bennett Croswell has been with Pratt & Whitney for 37 years. He currently is president of Pratt & Whitney’s Military Engines business, where he oversees development, production and support of the company’s military offerings including the 5th generation F119 and F135 engines for the F-22 and F-35 fighters, the F100 engine for the F-15 and F-16, the F117 engine for the C-17, the PW4062 for the KC-46A, as well as the Small Military Engine and Advanced Engine Program sectors.

1 Comment
  • Lana J. Tabb
    Posted at 15:52h, 07 October

    My husband, Waller C. Tabb, MD was a flight surgeon beginning ion 1959 and served on the USS Forrestal, the Shangri-La and theUSS Lexington, including the Cuban Missile Crisis. I have his leather jacket with “patches” of all ships and other Naval involvements, a picture of one of his flight crew (signed by all pilots), his helmet with “DOC” written on the back, a blanket w/ more “patches and a picture of the astronaut crew. His passing was in 2011. He learned to fly @ Pensacola and loved his time with the Navy. I think he would like me to donate these items to the museum, as we always enjoyed our visits. We were also guests on the Shangra-La. If this is possible, please contact me – Lana J. Tabb. 804-693-3893