About Us

Honor Flight Inland Empire Board Members

Geraldine Farris  (President)

Johnny Rivera (JR)  (Treasurer)

Cindy Garcia-Bartnett (Secretary)

Marva X.   (Application/Fundraising Coordinator)

Thomas Bartnett (Parliamentarian)

Mark Sitar, Director -Flight Leads

Jens Rubschlager, Director – Flight Leads

Martin Vasquez, Director – Community Liaison/Photography

Mike Mizak – Sargent at Arms

Deen  Reiley, Director – Community Network

James Sandles – Military Information

Valerie Manser – Fundraising Liaison


Founding Honorary Committee Members

Mike Mckelroy

William Earl

Herbert Williams III

They stormed the beaches of Normandy, braved the German Army, and fought on Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal and in a hundred other battles. Now the GI Joe’s & Jane’s of WWII are in the sunset of their lives.  There are several ways to acknowledge these heroes for what they did: shake their hand, buy their meal, Thank them for their Service!   We can never show them enough, but we can at least reward them with an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.  Honor Flight of the Inland Empire (Southern California) was formed in 2010, with that Mission in mind!

To date, we have sent over 250 Veterans to Washington,DC from San Bernardino, Ontario and Los Angeles Counties.   Working with the San Diego Honor flight Hub has created a bonus in ensuring more local Veterans receive this trip.  It is also through the kindness of generous donations that we can continue gifting our Greatest Generation.  Contributions to this noteworthy cause go a long way toward helping us achieve our goal, with very minimal overhead.

Additionally, we invite schools, professional groups, companies, civic entities and especially Veteran Service Organizations to request a speaker that shares information about this group.  (Check out ‘Contact Us’)  We operate under the IRS 501 C (3) rules for non-profit organizations and issue tax deductible receipts.

Donations are used to cover the cost for transportation, meals, tours and hotel cost for Veterans departing from the Inland Empire Hub at Ontario Airport to Washington, DC enabling them to visit THEIR Memorials.  Presently our top priority is given to World War II Veterans who have waited over 60 years to see these memorials, however, applications from ALL Veterans will be processed as this gift continues.

It is through the kindness of strangers that these Warriors will see the Memorials that honor their service and for those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for this Country.   

The time to act is NOW.  The youngest WWII veteran is 80+ years old.   This trip allows these Veterans to be rewarded for what they did that collectively and literally saved the world.  During this trip they will be thanked, recognized and admired.  These veterans will remember the kindness and adoration shown them for the rest of their lives.  They will all have a deeper appreciation for how much their country loves them.

Thank for you kindness and support.

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