Deirdre Gurry, director of Enid Woodring Regional Airport and former commander of the 8th Flying Training Squadron at Vance Air Force Base, has been presented the 2019 Geraldyn Cobb Award of Oklahoma Military Aviation Distinguished Service from The Ninety-Nines.
The award was presented during the third annual Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day celebration held recently at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma Chapter of The Ninety-Nines and organizers of Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day event presented Gurry with the first Geraldyn Cobb Award. The award was made to honor those who have excelled in their vocation and dedication to military aviation progress and development in the state.
“I am very humbled by winning this award. It has been amazing to watch this event grow over the last three years, and I am so excited to see Oklahoma reach out to the aviation community,” Gurry said. “Seeing the great number of young women in attendance is really wonderful and I hope that we can continue to reach out to people, young and old, to inspire them to follow their dreams.”
The Ninety-Nines is an international organization of licensed women pilots from 44 countries with headquarters at Will Rogers World Airport. The organization promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships and mutual support, while honoring its unique history and sharing its passion for flight.
“We are very excited and proud of Deirdre receiving this prestigious award,” Enid City Manager Jerald Gilbert said. “The city is blessed to have someone with her experience and background serving as the airport director at Woodring Regional Airport.”
Gurry, a native of Pennsylvania, was commissioned in 1999 through the Air Force ROTC program at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She served as commander of the 8th Flying Training Squadron and was a T-6 instructor and evaluator for the base. Gurry retired from active duty Aug. 1.
She was named airport director in September, replacing Dan Ohnesorge, who had been director for 11 years.
When she was named Woodring director, Gurry said she wanted to involve the community more in the airport, and give them a sense of ownership of and pride in Woodring.
“We want to bring the community out here to see this is their airport and just give people opportunities to be involved,” she said in September.