Monthly Meetings

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Past Monthly Meetings

  • May 19th, 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

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    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.

    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.

  • February 24th, 2017: Forrestal Squadron Sea Cadets

    This month’s program highlights our Sea Cadets. The Forrestal Squadron Executive Officer (XO), Lt. Randy Hyde, will speak about the program and we expect several Cadets to join him to speak about their experiences.

  • January 27th, 2017: Colonel Keven W. Matthews, USMC

    “Col. Matthews will speak about his present command and Naval War College experience.”

    Colonel Matthews (USMC)



    Colonel Keven W. Matthews, USMC
    Commanding Officer, 8th Marine Corps District

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    Colonel Matthews is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii. He was commissioned through the Officers’ Candidates Course in April 1992. From April 1993 through July 1995 Colonel Matthews was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines where he served as a rifle platoon commander, rifle company executive officer and anti-armor platoon commander. From 1995 to 1996 he was assigned as a company executive officer in 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.

    In July 1996 Colonel Matthews was promoted to Captain and assigned to Marine Corps Security Force Company Naval Air Station, North Island until 1998 where he served as a platoon commander, guard officer and executive officer. In 1999, upon completion of the U.S. Army’s Armor Captain’s Career Course, he was assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion where he served as a company commander and later as the battalion operations officer. During this period Colonel Matthews was promoted to Major and completed a deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and supported the United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNTAET) and Operation Southern Watch.

    In June 2002, Colonel Matthews assumed command of Recruiting Station Albuquerque, New Mexico. Upon successful completion of thirty-six months in command, Colonel Matthews was assigned to 3rd Marine Regiment where he completed two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Colonel Matthews served as a Force Development Officer and Iraqi Army Advisor in the Multinational Security Transition Command – Iraq and later as the Executive Officer of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines.

    In 2007 Colonel Matthews was assigned to Marine Corps Forces Pacific where he served in the G-5 as a Southeast Asia Policy Desk Officer and later as the Plans Branch Head. Colonel Matthews was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2008. From 2011 to 2013 Colonel Matthews served as the U.S. Marine Corps Attaché to the U.S. Embassy Singapore. In June 2013 Colonel Matthews assumed command of 1st Battalion, 5th Marines where he deployed with the battalion as the first Marine Air Ground Task Force of Marine Rotational Force Darwin under the United States – Australia Strategic Posture Initiative. From 2015 to 2016 Colonel Matthews was assigned as a student, United States Naval War College where he was promoted to his current rank in July 2015.

    Colonel Matthews’ civilian education includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Pacific, a Masters of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich University and a Masters of Arts in Strategy and National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College.

  • December 2nd, 2016: Fred Burton, Stratfor

    “Global Security Trends and Best Practices for Personal Safety”



    Fred Burton
    Vice President of Intelligence, Chief Security Officer at Stratfor





    Fred Burton is one of the world’s foremost authorities on security and terrorism. He oversees Stratfor’s analysis of global security developments and consults with clients on security-related issues affecting their business assets or personal safety. He also guides the firm’s coverage of situations involving terrorism, hostages and hijackings, and plane crashes. Before joining Stratfor, Mr. Burton was a counterterrorism agent with the U.S. State Department from 1985 to 1999.

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    201612fburtonMr. Burton is the author of three books, including the best-selling memoir, GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent (Random House, 2008), in which he tells the story of his role in the fight against the burgeoning terrorist threat in the 1980s and beyond. His second book, Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent’s Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice (Palgrave, 2011), follows his 35-year quest to solve the case of an Israeli diplomat assassinated in Mr. Burton’s childhood neighborhood. His latest book, Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi (St. Martin’s, 2013), is a New York Times best-seller and provides the first detailed account of the infamous assault in Libya in September 2012. His next book will be published by Random House in 2017.

    Fred Burton Bio (PDF)


  • November 12th, 2016: 9th Annual Fundraising BBQ & Auction



    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

    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 6:00 PM


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

    Attire:  Seasonal Casual

    RSVP – Pre-Register:

    Deadline:  November 6, 2016
    Contact: Cheryl Carathers
    E-Mail:[email protected]
    Phone: (972) 727-8569

    Flyer, Attendance Form, and Sponsorship Levels (PDF)

  • October 28th, 2016: Victor J Hancock & Election of Officers

    “My life & times in the B-25 Mitchell Bomber”

    Victor J. Hancock
    B-25 Pilot, WW ll
    22 combat missions

  • September 30th, 2016: Dennis Blocker, Pacific War Historian National LCI Association

    Dennis Blocker Image Dennis Blocker
    Pacific War Historian National LCI Association
    San Antonio, Texas





    Lead researcher for “The Heart of Hell: The Untold Story of Courage and Sacrifice in the Shadow of Iwo Jima” written by Mitch Weiss.

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    Dennis Blocker was born into an Air Force family and as such traveled the globe. He had the privilege of attending DOD schools all over the country and Iceland. A tremendous love of country and an appreciation of the military were instilled in him early on.

    Dennis has worked in San Antonio Emergency Rooms for the past 17 years as a medic. 12 of these years were in a Level 1 Trauma Center. In his spare time Dennis researched his grandfather’s WWII service to fulfill a request by his mother. What Dennis discovered was an untold story of WWII in the Pacific.

    Over the past 15 years Dennis has interviewed over 300 WWII veterans who were associated with his grandfather’s gunboat group. The research also uncovered over 400 letters written by men who were killed in action at Iwo Jima. This research has led to the publication of the book The Heart of Hell written by Mitch Weiss who was approached by Dennis regarding the amazing story.

    Dennis has served as the Pacific War Historian for the National Landing Craft Infantry Association for the past 10 years. In that capacity he began a strong campaign to attain the stories, photographs and memorabilia from LCI veterans. The effort was a tremendous success and saw the LCI Archive Log Book grow from 15 pages to well over 100. Dennis then oversaw the donation of that organization’s Archive to the National Museum of the Pacific War. Dennis has also been responsible for the indexing and bequeathing of WWII veteran and author William McGee’s Research Files to the museum.

    Dennis has enjoyed a close relationship with the National Museum of the Pacific War where he has been active in preserving WWII history and encouraging veterans and families to donate their WWII stories and memorabilia to the museum.

    Recently Dennis was the keynote speaker at the National Museum of the Pacific War for the Memorial Day Services. Dennis has presented the book at Auburn University as well as venues across Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio.

  • August 26th, 2016: Coast Guard Month and 100th Anniversary of USCG Aviation

    Guest Speaker: Lieutenant Zachary Gross, USCG Air Station Houston



    Please view the Media Gallery for some USCG Aviation images.

    US Coast Guard Aviation Centennial

    The 100th year celebration will be held throughout 2016 marking a century of distinguished service to the American public by the men and women, officer and enlisted, who serve as Coast Guard Aviators. Officially, the celebration will run from the birthday of CDR Elmer “Archie” Stone, CG Aviator #1 on January 22, through the CGAA Pterodactyl Roost which will be held at Mobile, AL in early October.

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    Lieutenant Zachary Gross is a native of Newport News, Virginia where he lived until reporting to the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2007.   Graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Lieutenant Gross reported to Basic Flight Training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida in August of 2011.  After completing primary flight training, Lieutenant Gross was selected to fly helicopters for the Coast Guard and upon earning his wings of gold in May of 2013, he reported to Air Station Houston, Texas.  Lieutenant Gross currently serves as an MH-65D Aircraft Commander and pilot, and is responsible for the safe operation of the helicopter through all weather search and rescue response operations throughout the greater Houston area of responsibility.

  • July 1st, 2016: No Meeting This Month
  • June 5th, 2016: Cookout at the Schooling’s to honor Sea Cadet, NJROTC and MJROTC recipients of the Navy League Teddy Roosevelt medal

    “2016 Backyard Cookout – Hot dogs and all the fixin’s!”

    Sunday, June 5, 2016
    5:00 – 7:00 PM
    Billy & Michelle Schooling’s house
    600 Brookwood Dr.
    Richardson, Tx 75080

  • May 20th, 2016: Customs and Border Protection (Friday before Memorial Day weekend)
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    Cleatus P. Hunt, Jr. officially assumed responsibility on February 24, 2014, and oversees CBP operations at the following Texas and Oklahoma airports: Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Midland, Lubbock, and Amarillo, Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

    Hunt and his staff will carries out CBP’s primary mission of preventing terrorists and terrorists’ weapon from entering the United States while facilitating legitimate trade and travel. Specifically ensuring visitors to the U.S. meet the admissibility requirements and that customs and agriculture inspections are conducted for every traveler arriving to the U.S. through any of the eight airports under his authority.

    Additionally, Hunt also oversees international trade occurring at those airports ensuring imports and exports meet federal laws and regulations and that the correct duty amount is collected.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

  • April 29th, 2016: Dr. Frederick Chang, SMU
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    Frederick Chang

    Director, Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security
    Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security

    M.A. and Ph.D. University of Oregon, BA University of California, San Diego

    Frederick R. Chang is the Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He is also a Senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU’s Dedman College. He is a Research Fellow in the Applied Research Labs and a Distinguished Scholar in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, both at the University of Texas at Austin. Chang has been Professor and AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio and he was at the University of Texas at Austin as an Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences and Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Security. Additionally, Chang’s career spans service in the private sector and in government including as the former Director of Research at the National Security Agency.