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January 2020

January, 2020 Meeting: Stories of TopGun from its First CO

January 30 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Roger E. Box, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)

Stories of TopGun from its First Commanding Officer

Rear Admiral Box was privileged to hold command at every level of Naval Aviation combat operations: fighter squadron, Carrier Air Wing, aircraft carrier, and finally a battle group. Before all that he was the first commanding officer of TopGun. As the CO, he took a fledgling training unit from the status of a “little red schoolhouse” manned by the best of the best and transitioned it to a full blown unit that set the standard for warfare training in the Navy.

Retiring after over thirty years of active duty, Adm. Box had an illustrious career including over 4,700 flight hours and more than 800 carrier landings. You won’t want to miss this one!

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February 2020

February, 2020 Meeting: Vietnam Missions early in the Conflict

February 27 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Lt. Col. Gary Craig, USAF (Ret.)

Vietnam Missions early in the Conflict

Lt. Col. Craig will share some surprising details about the development of tactics at the “official” start of the Vietnam war.

Gary flew into Vietnam the first day of the official start of the Vietnam War in 1964. A few months later he bailed out of a burning KB-50J Tanker supporting the air strikes in the Pain of Jars in Laos.
He was on loan to the CIA (Air America) supporting the secret SOG (Special Operations Group) in Cambodia.

Returning home to Seattle in 1967, he joined the AF Reserves and flew C-141’s into Vietnam until the end of the War.

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March 2020

March, 2020 Meeting: Palm Springs Airport Operations Update

March 26 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Thomas Nolan, A.A.E.

Palm Springs Airport Operations Update: Spring, 2020

Thomas Nolan will present the latest plans and activities about our local airport. His presentations are always interesting with a few fun, surprising facts about maintaining security and keeping those passengers moving.

Thomas Nolan, A.A.E. has served as the Executive Director of the Palm Springs International Airport since 2007. He began his airport management career in 1985 at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport and has continued his career with work at several different airports over the last 33 years. He earned his accreditation from the American Association of Airport Executives, is a licensed private pilot, and possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Marquette University. Tom is married to his high school sweetheart and they have five grown children.

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April 2020

April, 2020 Meeting: Marine Corps Aviation Ordnance and Operations

April 30 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Indian Wells Golf Resort,
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210 United States
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Lt. Col. David “Aflak” Adamiec, USMC (Ret.)

Marine Corps Aviation Ordnance and Operations

Retired Lt. Col. David “Aflak” Adamiec (right side in photo) will describe his experiences flying F/A-18 fighters and weaponry on F-35s and drones.

David retired from the Marine Corp in 2017 after 20 years of flying fighters. He’s currently a Wargame Facilitator supporting the F/A-18 training at Pt. Loma in San Diego.

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