Pillar of the Valley

Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen was chosen to be honored posthumously as one of two recipients of the Pillar of the Valley Award. Since 2011, this award has been given by the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce to individuals who have “made extraordinary contributions to the business, civic, social, educational, and cultural climate of Utah Valley.” This year the event took place on April 12, 2023, at the Utah Valley Convention Center. Members of Colonel Halvorsen’s family were present to receive the award in his stead.

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Attitude, Gratitude, Service Before Self — Honoring the Legacy of
Gail S. Halvorsen


Colonel Gall S. Halvorsen is a light to the world. He brought that light to the children of Berlin during the Berlin Airlift and became known to them as Uncle Wiggly Wings and The Candy Bomber. He has been sharing that light with children the world over since then with his message of “service before self, attitude, gratitude, and the power of little things adding up to big things.”

Learn more about his legacy and how you can help keep it alive.

Operation VittlesOperation Little Vittles


Miles flown during the airlift, almost the distance from the earth to the sun


Tons of food and fuel delivered to Berlin


Pounds of candy dropped


Parachutes used in Operation Little Vittles

Sponsors Col. Halvorsen, his family and the Foundation are grateful to the many companies, organizations and individuals who are helping to keep The Candy Bomber Legacy alive.