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December 2019

Defining Terrorism

December 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This presentation by Karishma Mehta is an informational brief about the definition of terrorism, the evolution of terrorism, and scenarios in which terrorism ends.  Ms. Mehta is a technical analyst at the RAND Corporation who works on projects related to national security, terrorism, and military issues. With a degree in applied mathematics, she started her career at RAND as a research assistant working on projects that related to Air Force acquisition, Air Force force modernization and employment, war games, and…

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January 2020

A British Teenager’s Experience of World War II – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

January 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Born in the County of Norfolk England in 1928, Mick Dawson left Litcham Secondary Modern School at the age of 14, December 1942. A wartime airfield for the American Army Air Force was under construction nearby and Mick got a job with the electrical contractor there as an apprentice. The 392nd BG group with their B-24s occupied the base from August 1943 to end of the War in Europe. During that time Mick had a front row seat to life…

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Bait: The Battle of Kham Duc Special Forces Camp

January 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This is the dramatic, true story of a large yet little known battle at the height of the Vietnam War....it is required knowledge for an authentic, up-close view of how large battles were actually fought in South Vietnam in the critical year of 1968. This deeply researched presentation radically contradicts all the other accounts of the battle of Kham Duc. More than 1,500 people were evacuated under fire, but twelve aircraft were shot down, one of them carrying 183 civilians.…

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Dr. Ed Gordon – Hitler’s Downfall – The Battle of Berlin – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

January 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

By January 1945 the Allies were closing in on what remained of Hitler’s Europe. Even though the Germans had spent their last reserves in the abortive Battle of the Bulge, 10 million Axis solders would still resist, often fanatically, until Hitler’s final inferno: the Battle of Berlin. Historian Ed Gordon recounts the landmark events that led to the end of the Third Reich and the death of Adolf Hitler. Presenter: Dr. Edward Gordon

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Meeting of the Mentors – T-34 Fly In

January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - January 26, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Built as a replacement for the training planes of WWII the T-34 Mentor developed into an aircraft cherished by the military and civilian pilots alike. In fact the T-34 remains in service more than six decades after it was first designed. Come visit us as a group of T-34 pilots drop into the Air Museum for a weekend of flight exhibitions, formation flying, contests and just plane fun.

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February 2020

From East Garrison to the Ranch House

February 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This is a real story told by the person who lived it, Peter Gravett. As one of twelve children, born to into an industrious and religious centered home where traditional values were taught and education was encouraged, the book tracks him from his pre-teen years through high school and his first tour of duty in the Army through four illustrious careers including achieving the rank of Police Watch Commander for the Los Angeles Police Department and Major General of the…

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100th Bomb Group Reunion – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

February 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Nicknamed the “Bloody 100th”, this WWII bomb group, proud member of the 8th Air Force, suffered tremendously high losses at the hands of those defending the Nazi occupied continent of Europe during the war. Every year the surviving members gather here at the Air Museum to share their experiences and pass along their memories of flack-filled skies and the rumbling sounds of B-17s in flight. The public is invited to come hear their stories and thank them for their Service.

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Hollywood & the Home Front – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

February 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

During World War II, the War Department realized the importance of not only keeping up the morale of America’s fighting forces abroad, but the morale of those at home. The result was an unprecedented push by Hollywood to contribute morale-building war dramas, troop entertainment, and training films to the war effort. These films told Americans at home that they too could serve in the defense of their country by purchasing war bonds, participating in scrap drives, planting Victory Gardens, and…

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Fri, Feb 21 – Annual Gala – We Did It Together!

February 21, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday, February 21, 2020 - Annual Gala - Joe Mantegna returns as Celebrity Guest Emcee.  Celebrity Headliner is Frankie Avalon. 5:30 pm cocktail reception, dinner and program. $395 individual ticket. Table sponsors range from $25,000 for a table of twelve down to $5,000 for one table of ten. Black tie or military uniform. SPECIAL TRIBUTE IN MEMORIAM FOR TUSKEGEE AIRMAN LT. COL. BOB FRIEND. For info, please call Carol at 760-482-1836.

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Dr. Ed Gordon – Okinawa: Crucible of the Pacific – 75th Anniversary Special Presentation

February 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Of all the Pacific battles of World War II, Okinawa stands out as the most severe trial of the U.S. armed forces – their crucible. The Japanese launched a “typhoon of steel” against the U.S. invasion which was the last and largest amphibious assault in the Pacific. American forces faced a Japanese army defense force of 130,000 men and an unprecedented 3,000 kamikaze sorties targeting the U.S. invasion fleet. In a last desperate throw of the dice, the Japanese navy…

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