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October 2018

VR-59 Update

We are confirmed for VR-59's command team to speak to us this month.
CO, CDR Page Felini
XO, CDR Christian Byers
CMC, MCPO Ken Bowman

Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Fifty-Nine (VR-59) is Navy League Dallas Council's adopted active duty squadron. The unit consists of 250 sailors and airmen who operate the latest Navy logistics aircraft, the C40A Clipper. VR-59 is stationed at NAS Forth Worth JRB.
CDR Felini is an experienced Naval Aviator and accomplished Navy leader. We look forward to hearing from her and about VR-59's latest deployment.

This month's presentation will be at Park City Club

Friday, October 26, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Past Monthly Meetings

September 2018

Annual Navy Sea Cadet Update

We will get an update on the Forrestal Squadron, one of the three units of the Navy Sea Cadet and League Cadet Corps that the Dallas Council supports through financial donations. We will hear from Squadron leaders, Sea Cadet Parents, and former Sea Cadets who will recount the value of the cadet experience in their individual lives.

This meeting will make you proud of the support we provide to these young patriots and future leaders.

This month's presentation will be at Park City Club

Friday, September 28, 2018, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

August 2018

U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

Donald Mitchener, PHD
University of North Texas
Military History Center

Dallas Council’s August 24 meeting will be a special celebration of the U.S. Coast Guard in honor of their birthday month. Our guest speaker is well known to the council members, Dr. Keith Mitchener, Professor of History at University of North Texas and its Military History Center. Dr. Mitchener will speak about the Coast Guard’s history, especially in Texas.

This month's presentation will be at Park City Club

Friday, August 24th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Read Donald Mitchener's CV here (PDF)

July 2018

No meeting convened this July.


June 21, 2018

Battle of Midway

Image of David MitchenerDonald Mitchener, PHD
University of North Texas
Military History Center

Come out and spend some quality social time learning about the mission of the Navy League in Dallas and learn some things you may not have known about the Battle of Midway.

This month's presentation will be at the Saltgrass Steak House, 3000 Dallas Parkway, Plano.

Thursday, June 21st, 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM.

Appetizers provided by the Dallas Council
Cash Bar

Please bring guests and prospective members!

Read Dr. Mitchener's CV here (PDF)

May 18, 2018

Cyber and Privacy Issues/Concerns with Social Media

logoMr. Nilo Castillo is the co-founder and Vice President of The CyberSecurity Information Group, a firm providing Cyber Security and Cyber Intelligence. He has over 20 years of Cyber Security, and management experience. Mr. Castillo is a member of the North Texas Crime Commission, and a member of the Cyber Crime Committee. He's also a member of the Secret Service North Texas Electronics Crimes Task Force, and the FBI InfraGard. Mr. Castillo has worked for multi-national corporations such as IBM and Computer Associates. He's on the Advisory Board for the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies at Tarleton State University, and Richland College Digital Forensics & CyberSecurity Program. He has consulted for government agencies, and has participated in Homeland Security Training for other countries. He received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, and holds an MBA from Amberton University. Mr. Castillo is a frequent speaker on the topics of cyber security and cyber terrorism.

[No photo by request]

April 19, 2018

Social Meeting/Commemoration of the Doolittle Raid of 1942

Image of David MitchenerDavid Mitchener, PHD
University of North Texas
Military History Center

Come out and spend some quality social time learning about the mission of the Navy League in Dallas and learn some things you may not have known about the famous World War II carrier launched raid on the home island of Japan that began to turn the tide of war in favor of the United States and her allies.

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar
5100 Belt Line Road, Addison, TX
ph: 469-754-1300

Read Dr. Mitchener's CV here (PDF)

March 23, 2018

"VA North Texas Health Care System"

HoltStephen R. Holt, MD, MPH, MSNRS

VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas, TX

Stephen R. Holt, M.D. was appointed Director of VA North Texas Health Care System on December 10, 2017, where he leads the second largest VA system in the Nation. VA North Texas includes facilities in Dallas, Bonham, Fort Worth, Tyler, Plano, and five community-based outpatient clinics throughout its 40-county service area. With an annual operating budget of approximately $1 billion, 5,600 staff and 1,500 volunteers, VA
North Texas provided care to more than 133,000 unique patients and almost 1.5 million outpatient visits in FY 17.

Read Stephen Holt's Bio here.

Friday, March 23, regular meeting, 11:30 am, Park City Club. (Note: this is one week early to avoid Easter weekend.)

March 10, 2018

Annual SOY/JSOY Banquet

Saturday, March 10, Annual SOY/JSOY Banquet, Fort Worth, NAS JRB FW. (We co-host this evening with the Fort Worth Council.)

February 23, 2018

"Finding Freedom Behind Barb Wire"

Colonel CordierColonel Ken Cordier, USAF (Ret)

Upon graduation from pilot training at Del Rio, Texas, in 1963, Col Cordier was assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, flying the F-4C Phantom. Col. Cordier flew two combat tours in support of the war in Vietnam. In 1965, he deployed to Ubon airbase, Thailand where he flew 59 missions over N. Vietnam and Laos. In July 1966, Col Cordier volunteered to fly another tour, this time at Cam Ranh Bay airbase, Republic of Vietnam. He then brought his combat record to 175½ missions and more than 500 combat hours. On Dec 2, 1966, Col Cordier’s Phantom took a direct hit from a surface to air missile, forcing him to eject some 85 miles north of Hanoi. He was captured immediately and held in 4 different prisons in and around Hanoi, and near the Chinese border, until his release on Mar 4, 1973.

Returning to active duty after 4 months convalescent leave, Col Cordier attended the Armed Forces Staff College and re-qualified to fly jet aircraft. Over the ensuing 12 years, Col Cordier served in a number of flying and staff assignments, culminating with a tour as Air Attache to the United Kingdom.

Col Cordier retired from the Air Force in 1985 and returned to the U.S. where he represented British Aerospace in Washington DC, as Director, Military Aircraft. Since moving to Dallas in 1993, Ken has been self employed as a management consultant and has partnered with his wife in building her Mary Kay sales organization. He has served in leadership positions in several local veterans’ organizations and was Chairman of the 2004 and 2008 Dallas Military Ball. Ken has served as National President of both the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots’ Association and NAM POWs, the Association of Vietnam POWs, and is a frequent speaker on the subject of his POW experiences. During the 2004 Presidential campaign, Col Cordier, along with a number of fellow POWs, appeared in the film “Stolen Honor”.

The Colonel is a Command Pilot with more than 2,000 flying hours in fighter type aircraft. His combat decorations include: the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster; the Legion of Merit; Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star with combat V for valor; Air Medal with 6 oak leaf clusters; Prisoner of War Medal and the Purple Heart. In 1998, Col Cordier was awarded the prestigious Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Medal of Honor, and in 2008, he was inducted into the American Combat Aviator Hall of Fame.

January 26, 2018

"The Development of UAVs and Their Use in the Sea Services Today"

LG CampbellLieutenant General John Campbell, USAF (Ret.)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have significantly changed air warfare. Many pilots now operate from a remote site, not from the cockpit of a plane. Gen. John Campbell, USAF (Ret.) has had significant influence in the development and use of military UAVs. At our January meeting Gen. Campbell will speak about the development of UAVs and how they are being used today in the Sea Services.

Read John Campbell's Bio Here (PDF).


December 2017

NO Meeting This Month

November 18, 2017

The Dallas Council of the Navy League cordially invites you to an Evening of Food, Fun, and Entertainment!

10th Annual Fundraising BBQ & Auction

18 N O V E M B E R, 2 0 1 7
Saturday Evening � 6:00-9:00 PM � Frontiers of Flight Museum � Dallas, Texas

Help honor our adopted unit - VR-59
The Lone Star Express

Special Guests from
NAS/JRB Fort Worth

Access to the Amazing Frontiers of Flight Museum
100,000 sq ft of Aircraft and Space Memorabilia
US Naval Sea Cadets - Honor Guard
USNSCC Forrestal Squadron and Halsey Battalion

Musical Entertainment by the Dave Tanner Trio
Live and Silent Auction / Fun Participation Events
Funding Council Activities throughout the year

Food and Beverage by Dickey's Famous BBQ
Doors Open at 5:30 PM for Museum Experience
Open Bar / Dinner Service begins at 6:15 PM

$ 50 per person (Adult)
$ 25 per person (Active Duty Military,
Uniformed and World War II Vets)
Payable in Advance or At Door

Attire: Seasonal Casual

RSVP - Pre-Register:
Deadline: November 13, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Carathers

Phone: (972) 727-8569

Make checks payable to Navy League and mail to P.O. Box 670691, Dallas, TX 75367

Flyer, Attendance Form, and Sponsorship Levels (PDF)

October 27, 2017

F-35 program update and video of F-35 carrier ops.

Thomas V. Halley, Jr.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Navy F-35C Manager, Customer Engagement

Thomas V. Halley, Jr.Mr. Tom Halley is the Navy F-35C Manager for Business Development with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program.

Mr. Halley, 1981 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a BS in Economics, he received his MBA from Austin Peay State University in 1984 and a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Air Force, Air Command and Staff College in 1999. He is also a 2007 University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Executive Course graduate.

In a 28 year Naval Career, Mr. Halley flew over 4000 flight hours in the venerable A-4 Skyhawk and the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet. He has accumulated over 700 carrier landings and has completed numerous carrier combat deployments in support of world-wide Naval missions. In 2009 he was selected as the "Tailhook Aviator of the Year" by the Tailhook Association. During his time in the Navy he has had four command tours to include: Commanding Officer of Strike-Fighter Squadron 82 (VFA-82), Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic (CSFWL), and Commanding Officer of CREW Composite Squadron One in Baghdad, Iraq where he was in charge of the counter radio-controlled IED efforts for the U.S. Army. His final Navy tour was as the Commanding Officer of the Hampton Roads NROTC Consortium which included: Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Hampton University and Regent University.

Mr. Halley joined Lockheed Martin in July of 2013.