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Mississippi Stories: Brigadier General Maxey J. Phillips (Retired)

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2022-05-29 16:00:26, 1653858026

In this episode of , Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Brigadier General Maxey J. Phillips (Retired) of the Mississippi Air National Guard. Maxey fell in love with aviation early in life as he picked cotton on his family’s Northeast Mississippi farm. He watched as World War 2 training aircraft (AT-6 Texans) buzzed over his head. While they were training future pilots, they also lit a dream in a small boy.

After graduating from Mississippi State with an aeronautical engineering degree, Maxey joined the U.S. Air Force where he trained to fly the Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-4 Phantom. From the Cuban Missile Crisis, to Vietnam, to England and back to Mississippi, Maxey tells stories about his nearly 40-year career in the Air Force.

Those stories include a career-altering conversation with legendary aviator General Chuck Yeager, a near-fatal encounter with a turkey buzzard while flying at 480 knots and his time as the 172nd Airlift Wing Commander in Jackson, Mississippi. Most poignantly for weekend, though, Maxey talks about his fallen comrades and a beloved uncle who died in Vietnam.

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Mississippi Stories: Brigadier General Maxey J. Phillips

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Mississippi Stories: Brigadier General Maxey J. Phillips (Retired)

In this episode of , Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Brigadier General Maxey J. Phillips (Retired) of the Mississippi Air National Guard. Maxey fell in love with aviation early in life as he picked cotton on his family’s Northeast Mississippi farm. He watched as World War 2 training aircraft (AT-6 Texans) buzzed over his head. While they were training future pilots, they also lit a dream in a small boy.

After graduating from Mississippi State with an aeronautical engineering degree, Maxey joined the U.S. Air Force where he trained to fly the Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-4 Phantom. From the Cuban Missile Crisis, to Vietnam, to England and back to Mississippi, Maxey tells stories about his nearly 40-year career in the Air Force.

Those stories include a career-altering conversation with legendary aviator General Chuck Yeager, a near-fatal encounter with a turkey buzzard while flying at 480 knots and his time as the 172nd Airlift Wing Commander in Jackson, Mississippi. Most poignantly for weekend, though, Maxey talks about his fallen comrades and a beloved uncle who died in Vietnam.

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This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Mississippi Stories: Scott Albert Johnson

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Mississippi Stories: Scott Albert Johnson

“There are harmonica players and then there is Scott Albert Johnson… One of the best harp players in the world.” — Cashbox Music Reviews

Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with singer, songwriter and musician Scott Albert Johnson. Born in Jackson, Scott Albert Johnson moved around the U.S. before putting down roots back in Mississippi. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia, Johnson shares stories about his time as a kicker and then how his career as a musician took off. Ramsey and Johnson talk creativity, dreams and how to achieve them. Johnson also tells how to achieve balance in life rooted in family, friends and music.



This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Mississippi Stories: Pam Confer – Mississippi Today

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Mississippi Stories: Pam Confer

In this episode of , Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Pam Confer. Pam is an international, award-winning, bilingual singer, song-writer, and speaker. She has deep Mississippi roots, and a smile that can move the world. Her voice is described as velvety Jazz, dipped in soul.

Performing with her group Jazz Beautiful, she was voted the Mississippi Jazz Foundation’s 2015 “Jazz Ambassador of the Year.” She recently wrote and debuted the song, “Mississippi Beautiful,” which has quickly become a unifying and favored piece in Mississippi. “Mississippi Beautiful” is also permanently featured in Gallery 8 of the new Mississippi . A self-proclaimed “Joy Scout,” Pam talks about positivity, empathy and the beauty all Mississippians possess. Prepared to be inspired.



This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Mississippi Stories: Sammy Moon

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2022-05-06 17:37:52, 1651876672

On this episode of , Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Sammy Moon. Sammy is the executive director of the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy. In his role, Sammy provides leadership and support to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in their efforts to strengthen Mississippi’s children, families, and communities.

His work involves interaction with nonprofits organizations, foundations, United Ways, public sector entities, and businesses throughout the state. Prior to becoming the executive director of The Alliance, Sammy served as director of the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers (MAG). Before his work with MAG, Sammy worked as senior advisor to United Way Worldwide’s Field Engagement Division where he worked with local United Ways interested in third-grade reading programming and impact investing. Sammy also worked as a senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Md., the largest private foundation in the country devoted solely to building stronger futures for vulnerable children and their families.

A native of Amory, Miss., Sammy’s formal education includes a Masters of Arts in sociology from the University of Mississippi, a Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

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