accomplishments

Scouts earns eagle ranks: JP Johnson, of Troop 908, received his Eagle Scout award at his Court of Honor held in March. For his Eagle project Johnson planned, organized and directed the installation of irrigation, plants and bark mulch for planting beds at Valley Community Church in Pleasanton.

JP is a junior at Valley Christian High School in Dublin. JP also enjoys volunteering at his local church, where he works in leadership with fifth-grade students. He currently serves on his student council as treasurer and plays varsity baseball and soccer.

Derek Friedl, of Danville, the son of Judy and John Friedl, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, which was presented March 22 at Oak Hill Park in Danville. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 1630 under the leadership of Scoutmaster Steven James. For his Eagle community project, he produced a promotional video for the Danville d'Elegance Foundation to help raise awareness for their annual car show and auction. Derek was responsible for the planning and obtaining of video footage. He also wrote the script, hired a professional narrator and supervised the final edit of the video. He is a sophomore at San Ramon Valley High School.

John F. Kennedy University Honoree: Jennifer Hosterman, a former mayor of Pleasanton (2004-2010), has been recognized by John F. Kennedy University as one of eight recipients of its 2014 Alumni of the Year Award. The alumni were selected for distinguished service to their profession and community. Hosterman, JD, '05, completed her bachelor's of science degree from the University of San Francisco before earning her juris doctorate from JFK School of Law. After her term as mayor, she began a consulting business helping cities across America finance stormwater infrastructure to be in compliance with the Federal EPA laws.

She serves on the Valley Children's Museum advisory board and the honorary board of directors for the Livermore Valley Opera. She is also an active member on the Association of Bay Area Governments' Regional Planning Committee, the California Local Government Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

military

Col. Vince Logsdon retired from the Air Force on April 1. After graduation from the Air Force Academy, Logsdon piloted a number of aircraft during numerous combat missions.

As a command pilot, he was appointed to the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, serving as the director of operations of the 1st Airlift Squadron and Commander of the 99th Airlift Squadron. In that position, he piloted specially configured aircraft responsible for airlifting the president, vice president, president's cabinet, Congress members and other highest-level U.S. leaders.

His last assignment was as deputy director for regional affairs, deputy undersecretary of the Air Force, international affairs at the Pentagon. Logsdon was a 1983 graduate of Granada High School in Livermore. He now resides in Virginia.

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