Mathews NAACP to hold King Day program Jan. 19

- Posted on Jan 08, 2020 - 07:24 PM

Photo: Air Force Capt. Tisha J. Yates, a public affairs officer for Air Combat Command at Langley AFB, will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 19 MLK program at Zion Baptist Church, Cardinal.

Air Force Capt. Tisha J. Yates, a public affairs officer for Air Combat Command at Langley AFB, will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 19 MLK program at Zion Baptist Church, Cardinal.

The Mathews chapter of the NAACP will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Zion Baptist Church, Cardinal. The public is invited to attend.

The theme for this year’s program is “What’s Your Vision?” Air Force Capt. Tisha J. Yates, a public affairs officer for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, will be the program’s guest speaker. 

Air Combat Command organizes, trains, equips and maintains the Air Force’s fighter, command and control, personnel recovery and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and cyber forces. The command operates more than 1,300 aircraft, 35 wings, 19 bases and has more than 300 worldwide operating locations with 147,000 total force personnel.

As a public affairs officer, Yates is responsible for providing advice and counsel to public affairs teams at each of those wings. Prior to her assignment at Langley AFB, she was the media operations chief at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.

Yates completed the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the Virginia Military Institute and received her commission in 2015 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mary Baldwin College. She also holds a master’s degree in management and public relations from University of Maryland University College.

In addition to her military service, Yates is a member of First Baptist Church Morrison in Newport News and oversees the social media and communication outreach for the church. She mentors young women and cadets pursuing military careers, has worked with multiple “big sister” programs for disadvantaged youth, advocates for equal opportunities, and is an avid volunteer in the local area. 

Music for the Mathews MLK program will be provided by the New Hope Fellowship Mass Choir, Hartfield.