2011 Annual Conference

The 2011 Conference will take place November 3-5 once again at the United States Navy Memorial and the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel in downtown Washington, DC.  Please check back over the next few months for updates on the event.

Just a few of the confirmed speakers for this year already include the Band of Brothers; Doolittle Raiders; Tuskegee Airmen; Medal of Honor recipients; General Richard Myers; Lt. Gen. Susan Helms; Brig. General R. Steve Ritchie and decorated service members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The 2010 Conference will take place November 4-6 at the United States Navy Memorial and the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel in downtown Washington, DC.

Join us Friday night at the exclusive Diamond Club at Washington Nationals Ballpark to meet Baseball Heroes of WWII!

Conference attendees will make up the studio audience for a televised discussion featuring several Major League Baseball players who put their careers aside to serve in the military during WWII. Included will be Bob Feller, Ralph Kiner, Jerry Coleman, and Lou Brissie. Also invited is Yogi Berra. Held at the exclusive Diamond Club at Washington Nationals Park and to be followed by a private reception in the Presidents Club.

Join us on Thursday evening for the The Wounded Warrior Experience!

Service members from today’s military who have fought to overcome being wounded in combat will share their inspirational stories as a part of a very special discussion and reception at the United States Navy Memorial.

Join us for the speaker sessions on Friday and Saturday! View the full schedule by clicking here

Distinguished guests include:

The Band of Brothers: Don Malarkey, Babe Heffron, and Ed Pepping. Also on the panel will be actor James Madio, who played Frank Perconte in the HOB series!

The Tuskegee Airmen: pilots Shelby Westbrook, Dr. Calvin Spann, and Dr. Roscoe Brown, other panel participants TBD

The Doolittle Raiders: including Richard Cole, Tom Griffin and David Thatcher

Medal of Honor recipients, including Ron Rosser – Korean War, Colonel Jack Jacobs – Vietnam War and Barney Barnum – Vietnam War

Navy Cross recipient Marco Martinez, veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom

LTC Susan Luz, author of The Nightingale of Mosul

Bronze Star w/ Valor recipients LTC Kathryn Van Auken

Veterans of a Special Forces A-Team

Major General John K. Singlaub, a former highly-decorated OSS officer

Iwo Jima veterans Donald Mates, James White, Jack Cole and Orie Morgan

Ben Kuroki, the only Japanese American to engage in Pacific aerial combat and one of a minimal number of bomber crewmen to fly in both Europe and the Pacific during World War II

Newc Eldredge, 10th Mountain Division veteran, WWII

The Details

Location and all other Logistical information for attending the conference

To register, please use the Registration Form.

Follow this link to read the bios of the speakers at the Thirteenth Annual American Veterans Center conference.

View the schedule of the 2010 American Veterans Center conference or a PDF version

Learn more about the evening receptions at the Army and Navy Club and the United States Navy Memorial.

Video on the Speakers at the Conference

Lou Brissie: The Corporal Was a Pitcher

The Band of Brothers

The Doolittle Raid

The Tuskegee Airmen

The Medal of Honor. Confirmed Participants: Colonel Jack Jacobs, Colonel Barney Barnum, and SFC Ron Rosser

Jerry Coleman: WWII and Korean War pilot

LTC Megellas, Most decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne

R.V. Burgin, Whose story is portrayed in The Pacific

Bob Feller, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and WWII veteran

Colonel Susan Luz, Army Nurse for over 26 Years

2009 Conference Photos