Honoring Our Heroes – “One Family’s Generation of Military Service”

Colonel James C. Havard, United States Air Force (Ret.) &
Lieutenant Colonel MaryAnne H. Havard, United States Air Force (Ret.)

Did you come from a military family?

We both did.  Despite having grown up many miles apart – I lived in Virginia and MaryAnne in the rural reaches of Oregon.  We both have family military backgrounds. My father, who flew P-38s in WWII, elected to make a career in the Air Force after the War, and MaryAnne’s father served in the Navy during WWII, had a brother who attended the Naval Academy, and another brother and sister who served in the Air Force.

What was your wife, MaryAnne’s, role in the military?

MaryAnne’s professional life began in the nursing field in the private sector but eventually the military came calling when she received a direct commission as an Air Force Medical Service Corps (MSC) officer and entered active duty in 1988 as a hospital administrator.  MaryAnne served for over 20 years in the Air Force at domestic and overseas clinics, hospitals, and commands.  During her private and military careers, she earned a BS Degree in Nursing and a Master of Science Degree in Community Health Administration.  She retired in 2008 with her final assignment at Dover AFB in Delaware with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

What was your role in the military?

I was the proverbial military brat.  Born in Georgia, spent five years while growing up in Sweden, finished high school in Virginia, and after earning my Industrial Engineering Degree from North Carolina State in 1969, I joined the USAF via its ROTC program.  I also added a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  Like MaryAnne, my career assignments took me to domestic and overseas locations in roles in diversified wing and command level aircraft maintenance positions.  I retired from service in 1999 at the rank of Colonel.

Where did you meet and tell us about your family?

My wife and I met in California and married in 1990.  Between us, we have four children and nine grandchildren spread out over Nebraska, Texas, Florida and Virginia.  After I retired, I joined Boeing and became an integral part of the ScanEagle program, an unmanned aerial vehicle.  With retirement on the horizon, we both focused on a retirement setting that included warmer weather, golf and an active social setting.  At the urging of our son Mike, who lived near Austin, we considered the Texas Hill Country and Fair Oaks Ranch.  I arrived in late 2007 and MaryAnne the following February after concluding her career at Dover AFB.  I then retired from Boeing and my second career in 2010.

How are you enjoying retirement?

Retirement has been anything but just leisure activities for both MaryAnne and myself.  We both have focused on giving back to our local community.  MaryAnne joined the Homeowners’ Association Board of Directors in 2009 and served six years including five as its President.  She was then elected to our City Council in 2014, re-elected in 2016 & ‘18, and currently serves as Alderman and Mayor Pro-Tem.  She has been very instrumental in driving strategic planning and continuous process improvement efforts.

I enjoy the links at our community golf course and joined our home owners association in 2015, allowing me to serve our constituents with responsibility for common area landscaping and special events coordination. 

Tell us about your family and their service?