Polaris Tech’s Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton to join International Air & Space Hall of Fame.
Jasper County’s Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton, a founding member of Polaris Tech Charter School and retired four-star Air Force General, will be inducted Oct. 3 to the International Air & Space Hall of Fame.
The National Business Aviation Association will present Gen. Newton during the ceremony at the International Air & Space Hall of Fame, housed at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. The Hall has honored more than 200 of the most significant pilots, crew members, innovators and aviation organizations since 1963 - soon to include Gen. Newton.
"I am very humbled to have been selected for this honor," Newton said. "I flew because I love to fly, and I served my country because I believe this is the greatest country on earth. To be recognized for my work at the International Air & Space Hall of Fame is a drerun come true."
Newton retired in 2000 from the U.S. Air Force as a four-star general. Serving in the military for more than three decades, he flew combat missions in Vietnam, perfom1ed with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team, served as the Air Force's congressional liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives and led the Air Education and Training Command. He also flew the F-117 stealth fighter.
After leaving the military, Newton worked at Pratt & Whitney as executive vice president of international military programs ru1d business development until 2006. He serves on the boards of L3 Technologies, the National Defense University and Torchmark Corp.
Gen. Newton was among a handful of Lowcountry leaders who came together three years ago with a vision to create a new state charter school to provide young people with an alternative, student-centered approach to teaching and learning. Their conversations led to Polaris Tech Charter School, which was authorized by South Carolina in May 2017 and will open this August to about 280 middle and high school students in Ridgeland, SC.
"This is a wonderful honor to recognize Gen. Newton for rus years of flying and serving his country, and by extension, his years of serving his home community in Jasper County," said Sandra Chavez, chair of the Polaris Tech Planning Committee. "Without a doubt, we wouldn't be opening our Polaris Tech doors in August without his leadership and support."
Polaris Tech will serve middle and high school students from Jasper County and the Lowcountry. It is a free school (no tuition), that will focus on preparing young people for successful work and college.
The school's academic emphasis will be on six career areas: Aerospace, Health Science, lnfom1ation Technology, Logistics, Advanced Manufacturing, and Business Management.