AboutWarhawk Air Museum
The Warhawk Air Museum is a not for profit organization funded entirely by individual donations and private foundations. The mission of the Warhawk Air Museum is to preserve and teach the history of American veterans and their contributions to the freedoms we value today, and to show the relationship of our country and its citizens to those wars which so strongly impacted our nation and the world at large. The Warhawk Air Museum offers the opportunity to experience these lessons through the historical memorabilia and personal memories that are being preserved here, and through our unique education program.
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John PaulCo-Founder & President
Co-founder and President of the Warhawk Air Museum, John Paul has spent his life collecting, restoring, and flying vintage airplanes. In fact, it was his passion for restoring rare airplanes that led to people stopping by the hangar to see them, which led to people dropping off WWII memorabilia, which ultimately served as the catalyst for what you see at the museum today! Over the last 24 years the museum has grown leaps and bounds, eventually adding an expansion into the Cold War, but most of the time you can still find John down in the maintenance hangar doing what he likes best: Spending time with our Warbirds and keeping the old girls running.
Originally from Northern California, Sue Paul and her husband John moved to Idaho in 1986, now calling Boise home. They co-founded the Warhawk Air Museum in 1989, where she has served as the volunteer Executive Director for 26 years. She is a pilot and member of the International 99’s, a women’s flying organization founded by Amelia Earhart. Prior to becoming a full-time Warhawk Air Museum volunteer Executive Director, Paul devoted her time to teaching English as a Second Language to adults and tutoring hearing and sight impaired adults. Paul also served as Senior Vice President for international sales for Morse-Starrett Products Co., Chairman of the Boise Chamber of Commerce International Committee, and an Idaho Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business held in Washington D.C. Paul and her husband have been married for 52 years; they have three adult children and 6 grandchildren. Outside of the museum, she enjoys hiking, reading, skeet shooting and golf.
Pat KilroyExecutive Director
For 27-years, COL Pat Kilroy (USA, Ret.) served as an Army aviator on Active Duty and then joined the museum staff in September ‘15. A decorated combat veteran with multiple overseas tours, including Kosovo, Bosnia and Iraq during The Surge, Pat is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Boise State University Executive MBA program. Pat’s father was a career Air Force officer who flew B-25J Mitchell bombers in World War II in the 345th Bomb Group (Air Apaches) during the New Guinea campaign. With his wife Monique, the Kilroy’s have an Army Captain son currently assigned with the First Cavalry Division, one of their two daughters is at Oregon State University and the other will attend the University of Idaho in the fall of ‘16.
If you have a donation for the museum, Lou Bauman is the man you want to see! Lou works tirelessly receiving and processing donations, designing and building displays, and researching artifacts. As if that wasn’t enough, Lou also volunteers as a speaker for our Bridging the Generations educational program where he tells students about his experiences as a young boy during World War II and his service in the United States Coast Guard from 1959 to 1967. So it’s no surprise that if you asked Lou what his favorite display is, he’ll tell you it’s the Coast Guard case of course! Lou first came to the museum as a donor himself in 1993 when we were still located in Caldwell. In 2002 he started attending our monthly Kilroy Coffee Klatch for veterans, and became an official member of the team in 2007. Boy have things changed since 1993, and much of that has to do with Lou’s dedication and expertise!
Heather MullinsAdministrative Assistant
Heather Mullins first came to the museum in 2012 as a teacher on a field trip with her students, fell in love with the museum, and decided almost immediately that this was where she was meant to be. Aside from her daily duties that help make the museum run smoothly, Heather helps out as part of the Veterans History Project and loves being a part of the Kilroy Coffee Klatch and Bridging the Generations programs. In her free time, she plays roller derby for Treasure Valley Roller Derby, a 501-C(3) non-profit, and has served on their Board of Directors for three years as secretary and is currently serving as co-president.
Tammy JohnGift Shop and Admissions
A long time friend of John and Sue Paul, Tammy John has run the museum gift shop since it first opened in 2001. Since then the gift shop has grown quite a bit and now offers a variety of museum T-shirts, models, books, clocks, and souvenirs! Besides running the gift shop and constantly being on the lookout for new and interesting items, Tammy’s favorite event is our Kilroy Coffee Klatch where every month she gets to catch up and visit with old friends.
Char BoydVolunteer Coordinator
Char Boyd has been a volunteer at the Warhawk Air Museum for 8 years, and Volunteer Coordinator for 6 years. Before she retired and became a volunteer for the museum, her career included being a legal secretary for 10 years and then switching to medical transcription for 20 years. She has extensive experience in both volunteering and leading volunteers, including being the Idaho State Board President for Walk to Emmaus, facilitator for a grief-care ministry, hospice caregiver, meal ministry coordinator, guardian for Honor Flight of Idaho, and a member of Soldier Angels (working with teams of folks all over the nation writing letters and sending care packages to our troops in the Middle East). Char is the daughter of a career military pilot (USAF). She was especially drawn to the Warhawk Air Museum because of its mission statement to preserve and teach the history of American veterans, to learn from these amazing warriors, and to help promote further patriotism in her community, state, and country. Char has a Bachelor’s Degree from Boise State in Fine Arts (piano performance) and resides in Eagle with her husband, Larry. Outside activities include singing in various choirs, counted cross-stitch, golfing, traveling, and camping.
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