Community Service

Pledges to the WEDC Foundation

is pleased to be a sponsor of Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) Foundation. Their mission is to empower women in our community to achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence by providing mentors, professional networking, development programs, and flexible financial assistance.

is an annual sponsor of the annual Women Honoring Women (WHW) event. CEO, Jan Smith, pledged $30,000 to Beth Brooks, WEDC Executive Director, at the 19th annual WHW event held 19 September 2019 at the VBC North Hall. CEO Smith delivered the check to Executive Director Brooks and JoAnn Perez, Chairperson, 2019 WHW at on 2 October 2019.

WEDC Executive Director Beth BRooks and WHW 2019 Chairperson JoAnn Perez with CEO Jan Smith

/KBFS Helps Restore Church Steeple in Tulsa, OK

A still fropm Tulsa SkyNews 6 footage shows the MD530F helicopter preparing to lift the steeple.


On September 11, 2019, KBFS assisted Tulsa, Oklahoma area contractors in installing a new steeple on a church roof. The Central Church of the Nazarene, on 81st Street in Tulsa, lost its steeple, installed in 1981, to storm damage back in May. Project coordinators had been planning for the day a new steeple could be lifted into place and community members watched as KBFS’s MD530F Light Utility Helicopter did the lifting. Tulsa’s Channel 6 covered the event.

Channel 6 Coverage

The complete video capture by Channel 6’s helicopter appears below.

Jan Smith, CEO, receives the Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America “Heart of an Eagle” Award

August 21, 2019 – Jan Smith, CEO, received the Heart of an Eagle Award from the Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America.  The Heart of an Eagle Award is given to deserving individuals who have demonstrated leadership, character and integrity in their service to the community, their profession and their country.  Jan was recognized at a luncheon along with Captain (U.S. Army Retired) Gary (Mike) Rose, Medal of Honor Awardee, as well as the Semper Fi Community Task Force.  Guest speaker for the event was the “Voice of the Crimson Tide” Eli Gold.  Her personal motto has served her well; ‘Destiny is a matter of choice, not a matter of chance.’ That motto has also driven her choices to serve with her personal time and philanthropy to a host of 501c3 organizations that benefit Huntsville, our soldiers, and our nation, inclusive of the following: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville Community Foundation, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Burritt on the Mountain, Huntsville Community Orchestra, Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, University of Alabama in Huntsville, American Heart Association, National Museum of the United States Army, the Army Aviation Association of America, and many more.   Jan’s service to the community is in keeping with the highest ideals of what an Eagle stands for within Scouting and her recognition was well deserved. 

“Rock Steady” Team Summits Mt. Piegan

is proud to have been a sponsor for the AAAA Climb for the Soldier “Rock Steady” Team. The goal was to climb Mt. Piegan in Glacier National Park, Montana, to raise money for the veteran’s organization, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, which is a group of vets helping vets in North Alabama. This was a 4.61 mile, very tough, climb.

The Climb took place on August 19, 2019. Participating were Steven Sanders, Sr., Steven Sanders, Jr., LTG Neil Thurgood, Cliff Calhoun, and Steve Mathias. Four of the five are current active duty, or veterans of the U.S. Army; the fifth is a former ROTC Cadet Commander and Raider Team member from Sparkman High School.

“Rock Steady” Team after completing their climb

S3 CEO, Jan Smith Receives Recognition from the Army National Museum

Bob Johnson, SVP for ; LTG (R) Roger Schultz, President Army Historical Foundation; Jan Smith, CEO & President of ; and GEN (R) Gordon Sullivan Chairman of the Board of Directors Army Historical Foundation

October 2018, Washington DC: Jan Smith, CEO for S3, was presented a recognition plaque for her generous contribution to the Army National Museum.  The plaque is made from stainless steel and granite stone used in the construction of the museum.  The background is a mini replica of the donor wall that will be prominently displayed in the museum when it is completed.  Shown in the photo is Bob Johnson, SVP for S3; LTG (R) Roger Schultz, President Army Historical Foundation; Jan Smith, CEO & President of S3; and GEN (R) Gordon Sullivan Chairman of the Board of Directors Army Historical Foundation.

Upon its completion, the National Museum of the United States Army will stand as the crowning achievement of a historical preservation effort. The National Museum of the United States Army will celebrate over 240 years of Army history and honor our Soldiers-past, present, and future.

S3 AWARDEE SELECTED FOR AAAA MATCHING SCHOLARSHIP

16 August 2018—Congratulations to Miss Courtney Bratt! She has been selected as this years’ recipient of s Corporate Matching AAAA Scholarship. This is a 1 year scholarship providing $2,000. Miss Bratt is the daughter of LTC Richard Bratt, Madison, AL (Brigham Young University).

The 2018 AAAA Scholarship Selection Committee along with volunteers from the AAAA National Executive Board, the AAAASFI Board of Governors and Chapter Officers performed an outstanding job of evaluating and nominating over 500 applicants in this 2018 competition. There were 310 awards made for a total of $503,500.00. is proud to support this program.
S3 is a long serving and active participant of the AAAA Scholarship Program. supports AAAA scholarship activities at the annual AAAA National gatherings and participating in the scholarship selection process. employees donate their personal time, and corporate donates resources to further AAAA scholarship awards.

The AAAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation established to render financial assistance for the college-level education of members of the Army Aviation Association of America, Inc. (AAAA). The spouses, unmarried siblings, children and grandchildren of current and deceased AAAA members are also eligible. 100% of every dollar donated to the Scholarship Foundation goes to a scholarship or endowed principal based on the AAAA paying all overhead expenses for the Scholarship Foundation.

Visit http://www.quad-a.org for more details about the scholarship.

Once again, congratulations to Miss Bratt and good luck as she pursues her undergraduate degree.

S3 is Proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for the WWAST

SVP TSS Bob Johnson throws the first pitch to WWAST Saul Monroy

September 8, 2018, Madison, AL. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) schedule brought the team to Madison, AL for a three game series. As Presenting Sponsor for the event, S3 had the honor of throwing out the first pitch during the kick-off the game against Redstone Arsenal. S3’s Senior Vice President of Training and Systems Support (TSS), Bob Johnson threw the game ball across the plate to WWAST player Saul Monroy.  The series also paired WWAST against Madison City and Madison Academy (coaches and parents).

’s Jameson Salmon and Boston Claborn receive appreciation coins from AUSA’s Young Professionals Organization.

S3’s Jameson Salmon and Boston Claborn assisted the AUSA Young Professional Board with various coordination activities leading up to game day.  Both Jameson and Boston are credited with recruiting five sponsors, helping with lodging, providing social event planning, and assisting with the welcome reception for the WWAST team.

WWAST is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and educate others, while enhancing the health and welfare of Wounded Warrior Amputees. The team is comprised of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs.

S3 Donated to the AAAA Scholarship Foundation

L-R: BG Thomas J. Kontizer, Ret, President, AAAA Scholarship Foundation; Bob Johnson, SVP TSS; COL Michelle F. Yarborough, Ret, Committe Chair-AAAA Fund Rasing Committee

S3 donated $5,000 to the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) during the 2018 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit Scholarship luncheon.  The AAAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation established to render financial assistance for the college-level education of members of AAAA. The spouses, unmarried siblings, children and grandchildren of current and deceased AAAA members are also eligible. 100% of every dollar donated to the Scholarship Foundation goes to a scholarship or endowed principal. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $7M to more than 4,000 qualified applicants. The national scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and personal achievement. S3 has been a longtime loyal supporter of the foundation.

S3 Continues Payments of Pledge Support for the National Museum of the US Army

S3 delivered the second $50,000 pledge payment this month to the Army Historical Foundation In Arlington, VA. This article presents the latest construction update from the National Museum of the U.S. Army. The Foundation is still on track to turn the museum over to the Army in April 2019. S3 is proud to be a major contributor to this national treasure.

NMUSA Construction Update 4_18EM

S3 Burritt on the Mountain receives gift from Jan Smith for The View

Burritt on the Mountain has recently received a $200,000 gift from Jan Smith, founder and CEO of S3, for the building of an impressive cantilevered deck overlooking the city of Huntsville. The View will be ready for use in early Spring and will enhance the already remarkable view from the Burritt bluff. Visitors will be able to enjoy soon-to-be announced summer events, including lunches, cocktails and music, from The View. The 3,000 square foot space will enhance the sightseeing opportunities for Burritt’s everyday guests as well as offer a brand new “ultimate rooftop experience” for weddings, parties and corporate functions.

“Arriving in Huntsville in the late 60s, I could never have imagined the growth and expansion that Huntsville has experienced,” said Smith. “As awesome and unbelievable as it has been, I and many others believe our city’s future is equally as awesome.  Having become a true investor in Burritt’s roles as community educator, tourist attraction, history museum, and family destination, it is my honor to help expand what Dr. Burritt started with his purchase of this 167 acre portion of Monte Sano, known as Round Top Mountain.  With completion of the viewing platform called appropriately The View, our Jewel on the Mountain has taken yet another step in sharing its beauty with our city and its many visitors.”

Leslie Ecklund, CEO of Burritt, commented on Ms. Smith’s gift. “I greatly admire Jan Smith and am so impressed with all the things she has done for Burritt and our community. She has been a member, supporter and a major donor on all of our capital projects over the last five years and we are thrilled to have her as our lead supporter for The View. Her motto is ‘Destiny is a matter of choice, not a matter of chance.’  We are honored to be the recipient of this choice she has made and know that our destiny will be better for it.”

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