Students meet Lt. Colonel Richard E. Cole, the last survivor of the legendary Doolittle Tokyo Raid.

The American Veterans Center and the World War II Veterans Committe’s 22nd Annual Conference will take place from October 24-26, 2019 in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The three-day event featured panels and discussions with America’s most decorated and distinguished veterans and active duty personnel from World War II to the present day. The event proves  to be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend a weekend in the company of heroes.

To learn more about the Conference, call 703-302-1012 ext. 227 or e-mail the AVC.

The event also includes:

 

22nd Annual Conference Highlights

GENERAL JOHN R. ALLEN
Previous commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A). Currently serving as President of the Brookings Institution.
 
THE HEROES OF D-DAY
Featuring the great remaining stories of the Invasion of Normandy, 75 years ago.
 
THE 6888TH CENTRAL POSTAL DIRECTORY BATTALION
The only unit of all-African American women to deploy abroad during World War II. In a rare historic moment, all seven living women of the ‘Six-Triple-Eight’ will be in attendance.
 
COLONEL EDWARD SHAMES
The last living officer from the famed ‘Band of Brothers’ – E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.
 
COLONEL JOE PETERBURS
‘Ace’ pilot of 49 missions in World War II.  On April 10, 1945 he shot down the famed German ‘ace’ Walter Schuck, flying the ME-262 jet, before being shot down himself and taken prisoner.  He escaped, fighting with the Soviet Red Army at the end of the war.
 
LT. COLONEL ALEXANDER JEFFERSON
Combat pilot with the legendary ‘Tuskegee Airmen,’ downed over France and held as POW in the infamous Stalag Luft III camp.
 
LT. COLONEL JAMES H. HARVEY, III
Pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen, he would go on to fly on the winning team of the first ‘Top Gun’-style competition, and become the first African American jet pilot to fly combat missions in Korea.
 
ELINOR OTTO
‘The Last Rosie the Riveter,’ building planes for our troops during World War II, then returning to the factory and riveting C-17s until recently retiring at the age of 95.
 
GENE KRANZ
Legendary NASA Flight Director, famed for his blonde flat top haircut and white vest, most noted for serving as Flight Director during Apollo 11’s landing on the lunar surface, and for his actions in saving the crew of the ill-fated Apollo 13, for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 
BRIGADIER GENERAL R. STEVE RITCHIE
The only Air Force ‘ace’ pilot of the Vietnam War.
 
JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY
Famed Vietnam war correspondent, and co-author with Lt. General Hal Moore of the landmark memoir, ‘We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.’
 
PETER CUNEO
U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam, most recognized as CEO of Marvel Entertainment, leading the company’s turnaround from bankruptcy to a $4.5 billion sale to Disney in 2009.
 
DR. WILLIAM ALLEN
Professor of Political Philosophy and dean of the James Madison College at Michigan State University, previously a member of the National Council on the Humanities and chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
 
LEADERSHIP: FROM MILITARY TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR
Featuring former military officers who have transitioned to successful careers in the private sector, drawing on the lessons they learned while serving.
 
ON THE FRONT LINES: U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES
A rare appearance from active duty service members of our Special Operations Forces.
 
AND MUCH MORE!  
 



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