FRIENDS’ LECTURE SERIES: “THE COLD WAR UP CLOSE IN THE 1980s”
Speaker John Crider will present some of the highlights of his experiences from 1983 to 1985 as the US Army special agent in charge of the field office responsible for US Defense Department counterterrorism and counterintelligence services in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and western Maryland. He will follow this with the highlights of his experiences as the Deputy Headquarters Security Officer at Allied Ground Forces Headquarters (AFCENT) at Brunssum, Netherlands and as the chief security officer for the HQ AFCENT War Mobile Element from 1986 through 1989. He will follow those crucial strategic events (both nationally and internationally) during the 1980's from the viewpoint of a strategic intelligence officer and express his opinions as to why the Cold War was won.
DATE/TIME: Sunday OCTOBER 7, 2018 2:00 p.m.
Open Veterans Day. Free admission for veterans & their family members.
DATE/TIME: Sunday NOVEMBER 11, 2018 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
FRIENDS’ LECTURE SERIES: “WELCOME HOME, BRO”
Every speaker on the Vietnam War has a different story to tell, as all have different experiences, at different times and in different places. Vietnam Veterans have drawn together partially because of their reception (or lack thereof) when they returned home. We greet each other with "Welcome Home, Bro" and possibly ask when they were there and where they served. Some served early in the war, guarding air bases. Between 1966 and 1967 (when Bob served) soldiers were more likely in the field and engaging in combat. After the TET offensive, there was mop-up and a more defensive role.
Bob will expand on the above ideas and explain his experiences as an Airborne Infantry Platoon Leader with the First Cavalry Division. Mr. Franks served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Valor) and Air Medal. Prior to Vietnam, he graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School as a 2nd Lt, then went to Airborne School and was awarded his jump wings.
DATE/TIME: Sunday NOVEMBER 11, 2018 2:00 p.m.