Smith Field, drug recovery advocate honored with Impact Award

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An Allen County native who was instrumental in keeping a Fort Wayne airfield open and who helped curb drug addiction has been honored for his impact on the community in Allen County.

Bob Wearley was presented the 2018 Linda and Jerry Vandeveer Impact award at Smith Air Field Tuesday morning. The award is presented annually to honor those who have lived a life of service outside of their regular profession.

“Bob is a community advocate who has worked tirelessly to keep Smith Field open,” Commissioner Nelson Peters said of Wearley. “He has also assisted in strengthening the Allen County Jail ministry and continues to fight for those who have succumbed to drug addiction.”

Wearley, who retired from the Air Force after 17 years as a lieutenant colone, served on the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority’s board of directors and spent five years as marketing director for Fort Wayne International Airport. In addition, Wearley serves as president of the Allen County Jail Chaplaincy and is a board member of Faith Based Mentoring Ministries.

Currently, Wearley is working with Congressman Jim Banks and Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young to obtain funding for a feasibility study to eventually turn Smith Field’s Hangar 2 into a national air mail museum.

Wearley received a personal plaque and his name was included on a permanent plaque that is kept in the commissioners’ office. He also received a $250 check from Fire-Police City-County Federal Credit Union.

Wearley said he will donate the money to the jail chaplaincy program and the national air mail museum project.

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