The Hill Aerospace Museum volunteer staff presently boasts 100 active, personable, experienced, dedicated individuals from all walks of life, including active duty Air Force personnel. They range in age from the teens to 80+ years young.
Volunteering at the museum offers many rewarding and challenging areas in which diverse talents and expertise may be utilized. The various job descriptions for our volunteers are as follows:
The volunteers have been presented many individual awards, including the State of Utah Director of Volunteers Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Utah Volunteer of the Year Award, three Air Force Angel Awards, the Utah Governor’s Silver Bowl Award, Volunteer Excellence Award, and Utah Museum Volunteer of the Year Award.
The volunteer staff has also won numerous other awards as a group. Among these are the Air Force Group Angel Award, the Utah Chapter of Valley Forge Outstanding Award, the Utah Governor’s Helping Hands Award, and the national J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, along with a $1,000 grant for the Volunteer Staff. These awards are not given lightly, as they entailed state-wide or nation-wide competition.
This unusual conglomerate of volunteers staff the museum six days a week, a different team for each day. They work weekends and holidays and give up many hours of their time, often sacrificing their personal plans to accommodate the requirements of the museum. Their extreme dedication goes far beyond the expectations for “normal” volunteers. The visiting public is always giving them accolades for their warmth, friendliness, and hospitality, as well as voicing heartfelt thanks for the many long hours of restoration work performed on our aircraft and other artifacts.
The people who choose to volunteer at Hill Aerospace Museum find it a very rewarding experience. Consequently, our turn-over rate is very low. Many of our people have volunteered for the past ten years or more. Many have logged more than 5,000 hours, while a few have given upwards of 16,000 hours. Collectively, the volunteers at the museum have donated over 300,000 hours and the total is rising all the time. This donated time has saved the American taxpayer an estimated $2,500,000 in operating expenses for the museum.
If you are interested in volunteering at Hill Aerospace Museum, please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Dennis Guse, at (801) 777-5221. Or click on the link below. We’d love to have your help!
Each quarter the Hill Aerospace Museum selects a “Volunteer of the Quarter.” Each quarter the current Volunteer of the Quarter will be listed right here on our Web page.
Dennis Jacobs was born in Ogden, Utah on 10 December1938. He attended school in Davis County and graduated from Davis High School in 1957.
Following high school, Jacobs joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He also started Weber College in January 1958, where he was trained as a machinist. Dennis was then hired by Sperry Engineering in Utah. While working and Sperry and fulfilling his reserve commitment, he returned to Weber College to become a tool designer.
In the Air Force, Jacobs first trained as an Airborne Radio Operator. When his unit ended his position, he cross trained as C-119G crew chief. Dennis travelled to every state in the US, as well as Paris, France, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. While in the Air Force, Jacobs served approximately 1,500 hours and retired as a Staff Sergeant.
Dennis owned his own business, “Jacobs Machine & Design Co,” for 35 years. He sold the company, then later became a salesman for Paxton Production Tool where he worked for 20 years. When Jacobs stopped working in January 2019, he became a Hill Aerospace Museum volunteer.
Lynn O. Walker is a 20-year USAF Veteran. He started his career in munitions and weapons. Subsequent to that, he worked as an aerial observer, loadmaster, fire control operator and finally First Sergeant, a position he held until his retirement on October 1, 1988. His assignments included three tours in southeast Asia, one tour in Okinawa, two tours in Egypt, one tour in Israel, one tour in Venezuela, five years in Alaska, and several short tours in the United States.
Lynn credits his military experience for giving him a more complete devotion to his flag and country. He also feels it gave him a deeper appreciation for his great family and for the rights and privileges that we enjoy of citizens of the United States.
Lynn has volunteered at the Hill Aerospace Museum for a number of years. He loves explaining about museum artifacts and exhibits and their part in preserving our heritage and history. He takes pride in instilling a sense of appreciation that the artifacts are not just “items,” but how they were instrumental in achieving our place in our world today. To quote Aristotle, “We make war that we may live in peace.” Walker enjoys meeting people from around the world, learning from and about them.