Family, friends and others will honor Cedrick Jessup on Sept. 29 during an event at the Cross Creek Country Club, 1129 Greenhill Road in Mt. Airy.
Jessup, a native of Mt. Airy and a U.S. Navel aviator, is the first black pilot to have ever taken command of FAIRCONRON Four. Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (FAIRCONRON) Four provides communications relay and airborne command post missions to support the Navy’s Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO) mission, which provides a survivable communications link between national decision-makers and the country’s arsenal of strategic nuclear weapons.
According to the Mt. Airy News, Jessup took on the executive office duties in April and will be named the commanding officer in April or May 2014.
The celebration, which will start at 6:30 p.m., is open to the public. For tickets, which must be purchased in advance for $27, call Shinell Jessup at 704-363-0492.