CHARLOTTE, N.C. – official release — SCC photo —
Major General Thomas Sadler, who served as the executive director of Speedway Children’s Charities for two decades, died early Monday morning.
Sadler has served as executive director of Speedway Children’s Charities for two decades beginning in 1990. Under his leadership, the organization raised funds for more than 400 children’s organizations nationwide each year, impacting more than 300,000 needy children annually.
Before his work with SCC, Sadler served his country for more than 37 years in the U.S. Air Force. Sadler retired from the Air Force in 1983 as commander of the 21st Air Force at McGuire Air Force Base, commanding some 37,000 people in 70 locations in 15 countries on five continents.
At the time of his retirement, he was the only general on active duty who had flown in combat in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, flying more than 400 combat missions.
“Major General Thomas Sadler was a true hero, not only for his service to our country, but also for his service to countless children and their families he helped aid during his time at Speedway Children’s Charities,” said Rebecca Moffitt, Executive Director, Petty Family Foundation. “It’s that dedication, loyalty and spirit that lives on with the charity today and one that the Petty Family and Petty Family Foundation hopes to emulate through our work.”
CREDIT: Speedway Children’s Charities