Monthly Meetings

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Past Monthly Meetings

  • May 18th, 2018: 20180518 - Cyber and Privacy Issues/ Concerns with Social Media

    Nilo Castillo

    The CyberSecurity Information Group

    Mr. 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.

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  • April 19th, 2018: 20180419 - Social Meeting and Commemoration of the Doolittle Raid of 1942

    Donald 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.

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

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

    Snacks and appetizers provided
    Cash bar


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  • March 23rd, 2018: 20180323 - VA North Texas Health Care System

    Stephen R. Holt, MD, MPH, MSNRS

    Director
    VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas, TX

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


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    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.

    Dr. Holt formerly served as Director of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center from 2014-2017. Other appointments include VISN 7 Chief Medical Officer, and Deputy Chief of Staff at VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas, Texas.

    Dr. Holt is a Veteran of the Air Force, where he spent 21 years as a Medical Officer (MD1) in field and central command locations. During his service, he also served as the 1st Air Force Surgeon General at Tyndall Air Force Base, and Deputy Director of the Modernization Directorate in the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General. Dr. Holt retired at the rank of Colonel.

    Dr. Holt is Board Certified in Aerospace Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Holt has more than 29 years of health care experience. He holds a medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Services, a Masters Degree in Public Health and Masters of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy.

  • March 10th, 2018: 20180310 - 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.) More details forthcoming.

  • February 23rd, 2018: 20180223 - Ken Cordier

    Friday, February 23, regular meeting, 11:30 am, Park City Club

    Colonel Ken Cordier, USAF (Ret)

    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”.


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    Col Cordier was born and raised in Ohio. He holds a bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron, and a masters’ degree in Business Management from Troy State (Alabama). His professional military education includes Squadron Officer School, the Armed Forces Staff College, the National Security Management Course and the Defense Attache School.
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    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.

    Veterans Organizations

    Vietnam POW Association (NAM POWs) – Col. Cordier has held all elected positions in this organization and continues to take an active roll in planning national reunions. During his tenure as president, he instituted annual reunions, and was responsible for the 25th anniversary reunion commemorating Operation Homecoming. This reunion, held in Dallas, was the largest gathering of POWs since their release in 1973. Col. Cordier maintains close contact with his fellow POWs, and has been a uniting force by promoting fellowship and mutual support for health and other issues of common concern.

    Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association (RRVFPA) – Col. Cordier has served in several national positions in this organization, including President and Scholarship Committee Chairman. In 1988, he was the chairman for a combined national reunion of the RRVFPA and NAM POWs. This event was attended by more than 1300 members, and culminated with a ceremony on the White House Grounds. During the ceremony, the first POW medals were awarded to survivors from WW II, Korea and the Vietnam War by President Ronald Reagan.

    Dallas Military Ball (DMB) – The DMB is the premier military social event of the year in the Dallas area, honoring our armed forces and benefiting local military charities. Col. Cordier served on the board of directors of the Military Ball Corporation, and as President of the Corporation, and General Chairman twice when the Air Force was the lead service. As fund raising chairman in 1998, he raised $88,200 that was distributed to local military charities, scholarships, and relief funds. Under his management as General Chairman in 2008, he set a new record for funds raised, netting over $120,000 in support of local military charities.
    Greater Dallas Veteran’s Foundation – Col. Cordier was the event chairman for the first Dallas area Veteran’s Day parade and celebration in 49 years. He served in this capacity for several years, chairing a program which featured a ceremony, fly-over of military aircraft, and a parade consisting of more than 100 bands and marching units. He then served as Chairman of the parade, and for the last 8 years has orchestrated and coordinated military and civilian flyovers, including the iconic “Missing Man” formation.

    Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) – The MOWW is a patriotic organization comprised of officers in over 160 chapters across the nation. As the Dallas Chapter Commander, Col. Cordier has been responsible for the fund raising, interviewing and selection of outstanding student leaders to send to the Order’s summer Youth Leadership Conferences. He continues to participate by giving patriotic presentations at two of the Texas conferences.

    Additional Professional and Service Affiliations
    32nd Degree Mason
    Air Force Association – Life Member
    The Order of Daedalians
    The Order of Quiet Birdmen
    The Military Order of the World Wars – Life Member
    The American Fighter Aces Association – Honorary member

  • January 26th, 2018: 20180126: "The Development of UAVs and Their Use in the Sea Services Today"

    Lieutenant 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.

    Please join us on January 26 and invite a guest!

     


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    Lieutenant General John Campbell retired from the US Air Force in 2003 after a 32-year career. In his last military assignments, he served as Deputy Director for Operations, Joint Staff, the Pentagon; and Associate Director of Central Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, Langley VA.

    Prior to his Washington assignments, he served around the world in a variety of operational assignments as an F-15 and F-16 fighter pilot, squadron commander, operations group commander, and wing commander; including overseas assignments in Saudi Arabia, Iceland, Germany and Italy.

    Following retirement from the Air Force in 2003, joined Iridium Communications, Inc, McLean VA, as Executive Vice President for Government Services, managing Iridium’s core government communications services as well as numerous classified programs with DoD and other US Government customers. He currently serves as Chairman of Iridium Communications’ Government Advisory Board; as an advisor to the President of the University of Maryland University College; and as a senior advisor to the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation, Home of the National Cryptologic Museum, Fort Meade, Maryland. He serves on the Military Board of ZeroQuadrant, Inc, and is a senior advisor with Ridge-Lane Limited Partners, a leading advisory firm and merchant bank. He is a member of the National Security Advisory Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Washington DC, and represents Iridium Communications at the working level on the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Veterans Center of North Texas.

    Campbell is the recipient of numerous military and intelligence community awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, the CIA Distinguished Service Award, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency Award, the National Reconnaissance Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Security Agency Award. He holds a current TS/SCI security clearance.

    Campbell is a resident of McKinney, TX. He and his wife, Marky, have three children and five grandchildren and are members of the First United Methodist Church of McKinney.

  • December 1st, 2017: 201712 - NO Meeting This Month
  • November 18th, 2017: 20171118 - 10th Annual Fundraising BBQ & Auction

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

    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

    10th Annual Fundraising BBQ & Auction

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

    Special Guests from
    NAS/JRB Fort Worth

    EVENT FEATURES:
    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

    TICKET INFORMATION:
    $ 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
    E-Mail: [email protected]
    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 27th, 2017: 20171027: 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

    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.

  • September 29th, 2017: EMP, The Ultimate Cyber Threat

    Mr. 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.

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  • August 25th, 2017: History, missions, and personnel of Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1)

    COL John Page

    COL John PageGraduated Irving High School; enlisted in U.S. Navy; graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy; and commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps.

    Designated a Naval Aviator; served as a CH-53D pilot in fleet squadrons with deployments to Norway, the Mediterranean, the western Pacific, Korea, and Okinawa, Japan.

    Served as the Air Officer for the 2nd Tank Battalion and the III MEF Special Operations Training Group.

    Flew with Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1); earned designation as an aircraft commander in the CH-46, CH-53E, VH-60, VH-3 and as Marine One Aircraft Commander.

    Commanded HMH-462.

    Commanded HMX-1 and served as the Presidential Helicopter Pilot.

    Non-operational assignments included: student at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College; student at the Naval War College; Brand Head on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon; Division Chief in the Installations and Logistics Department at Headquarters, Marine Corps; and faculty member and Marine Corps Chair at the National War College.

  • 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.