Memphis International Airport Notes

June / July 2008


New Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Facility Named After Daniel Ward

Memphis International Airport has named its new $11 million fire facility the Daniel Ward Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Facility, in honor of Daniel Ward, the Airport Authority's longest-serving Commissioner. He was a staunch advocate and supporter of the Airport, particularly in the area of safety and security.

He was appointed to the original Board of Commissioners in 1969 when the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority was established. Ward served with distinction for 30 years until 1999, providing strategic vision for the growth and development of Memphis International Airport. Before serving on the board, he was a member of the City of Memphis Airport Commission.

As the Airport's first African-American Board Member, he was at the forefront of developing a diversity program which has become an industry model for promoting employment and business opportunities for minorities. During his service, Memphis International Airport became the nation's hassle-free passenger hub and number one air cargo airport in the world.


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The facility is dedicated as a tribute in appreciation for his leadership and contributions to Memphis International Airport. With the important role the facility has in the Emergency Preparedness of Memphis International Airport, it was fitting to name it in honor of Ward, as he was instrumental in Memphis International becoming a more efficient, safe, and reliable emergency responder.


Ward Dedication

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Daniel Ward with wife Margie, son Marcus, daughters Muriel and Maria, and grandson, Daniel Austin in front of the dedication plaque of the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Facility.

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