Ken Swarner, co-owner of Swarner Communications was named the 2010 Bryce Lilly recipient by the 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord Field February 17, 2011.
The 62nd chooses one person each year for the Bryce Lilly — Airmen, spouses, civil servants, community leaders are eligible. The award, named after Bryce L. Lilly, a POW survivor from WWII and ardent supporter of the 62nd and McChord, is given to a person for his or her dedication and support of the 62nd Airlift Wing.
“If I can even half-way measure up to our great Airmen and their families, then I am a proud man,” said Swarner. “I am so deeply touched that I have been able to honor the men and women of the 62nd Airlift Wing. I am glad my efforts have touched them.”
Swarner was recognized for his work throwing support parties for military families, collecting welcome home baskets for returning warriors, his efforts as a founding member of the Pierce Military Business Alliance, raising tens of thousands of dollars to support military projects, his role as co-chairman of the Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee, and as cubmaster for DuPont’s Pack 472 where 2/3 of his cub scouts are from local military families.