Lt. Col. John Howard, commander of the 572 Global Mobility Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, recently visited in the third-grade classrooms of Grace Betts and Claudia Diele at H. Clarke Powers School. Howard was at the school to personally thank them for sending his squadron in Basrah, Iraq letters and snacks students paid for with money they earned at a bake sale. Howard told the youngsters the gifts and letters brought smiles to the faces of the men and women in an otherwise rugged environment. He also answered questions, shares stories and gave each student a picture of the squadron. Howard is the son-in-law of retired Powers teacher Jan Brown. His wife is Lt. Col. Dana Brown Howard, a 1985 Del Oro High School graduate.