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V.I.P. Photo Gallery

Ross Perot H. Ross Perot
Candidate for President on two occasions
Received 20 million votes in 1992, 19% of the total popular vote, the highest percentage for a 3rd party candidate in 100 years!
Founder and CEO of Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
Recipient of the Winston Churchill Award, presented by Prince Charles, the Thomas Jefferson award for public service; the Patrick Henry award for outstanding service to his country; The Dwight Eisenhower award for support to U.S. military; and the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest award rendered to civilians by the U.S. president.
Appointed by President Reagan to chair the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
President of his class, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.
Led the largest jail-break in modern-day history, freeing over 1,000 prisoners in Tehran, Iran in 1979.
Colonel Hunt
Colonel Dave Hunt

Fox News senior Military Analyst, War and Terrorism expert.
Author of the book: “They Just Don’t Get It”.
Regularly seen on the O’Reilly Factor and other Fox News programs, where he provides expertise based on his incredible experience.
Experienced combat leader and officer in both Special Operations, special unconventional units, and intelligence operations. Completed a riveting 29 year Army career by being the ground tactical advisor in Bosnia. Former security advisor to the F.B.I. and graduate of the prestigious Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Chuck DeCaro
Chuck DeCaro

Technical Advisor for TV dramas: Navy NCIS; JAG; Quantum Leap
Member of Screen Actors Guild
Former CNN Special Assignments correspondent President of SEA AEROSPACE GROUND EVALUATIONS (SAGE)
Founder and CEO of the AEROBUREAU Corporation. Frequent lecturer at national colleges, universities, and writer for periodicals such as the New York Daily News, Washington Post, and Atlantic Monthly.
Ken Robinson
Ken Robinson

Creator, Writer, and Executive Producer with Jerry Bruckheimer, of the TV series E-Ring.
CNN’s senior Terrorist and National Security Analyst, specializing in Military Intelligence, Special Operations, and international affairs. Can be seen regularly on a variety of CNN News programs.
Had a storied 20-year career as an officer in a variety of Special Operations units, to include Special Forces, Rangers, and special-mission units. Worked extensively with intelligence agencies such at the C.I.A., F.B.I., N.S.A., specializing in covert operations.
A combat embedded reporter during Afghanistan and Iraq. Also involved in combat in Somalia, Sarajevo, Columbia, and Haiti. Inducted into the National Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.
General Wayne Downing
General Wayne Downing
NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC Military Analyst
Former Commanding General, U.S. Special Operations Command
Former Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment
White House National Director and National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism.
Distinguished Chair of the Combating Terrorism Center
, West Point, N.Y.
Highly decorated combat veteran.

General Downing passed away on July 18th, 2007, at his home in Peoria, IL suffering from bacterial meningitis and battling multiple myeloma, a form of cancer. He was 67.
Downing "served this country well for many years in the military and at the White House, and even after government service continued to provide important advice and counsel," White House spokesman Tony Snow said. In bestowing the U.S. Military Academy's distinguished graduate award in 2006, the Academy wrote: "His reputation was that of a smart, decisive, forceful and caring leader, known in particular for his unwavering determination to accomplish any mission assigned and provide his soldiers the best possible support".

John Mequethy
John McQuethy

ABC News senior defense correspondent. Highly experienced journalist, veteran of combat operations, imbedded with U.S. forces in all actions since the Panama campaign, including Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq. His ABC News Nightline special on Special Forces’ operations in the Tora Bora caves, searching for Osama Bin Laden received international acclaim.

Linda Robinson
Linda Robinson

Senior Writer for U.S. News & World Report
Best-Selling Author: “Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces”.Frequently a guest on TV Talk news shows and documentaries. A Nieman Fellow from Harvard and the Maria Moors Cabot award winner from Columbia U. Has covered guerrilla wars from Latin and South America to Afghanistan and Iraq. Highly respected journalist internationally.
General Dave Grange
General David Grange

CNN Military Analyst and President and Chief Executive Officer of the McCormick Tribune Foundation.
His thirty years of service included being the Commanding General of the famous “Big Red One”, the 1st Infantry Division, in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Macedonia.
Incredible experience as a leader in Special Operations.
Was a highly skilled Green Beret and Delta Force officer, and Commander of the elite U.S. Army Rangers.A decorated combat veteran of Vietnam, and Operation Eagle Claw, sometimes referred to as “Desert One”, the failed U.S. rescue attempt in Iran in 1980.
Ambassador Passage
Ambassador David Passage

United States Ambassador  to Botswana, United Kingdom, El Salvador. Hand-picked by President Bush to assist in the diplomatic relations between the U.S. and South Africa, particularly in the negotiations involving Nelson Mandele. One of the most influential members of the United States Foreign Service. Was the
Chief-of-Staff for Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State
Was the State Department Spokesman during the Iran Hostage crisis. Served on the National Security Council Staff, as the President’s Director for African Affairs.
Was the Political Advisor for the Commanding General, U.S. Special Operations Command.
Recipient of the coveted General James Doolittle Award as “Educator of the Year” for Armed Services staff college instruction/mentorship.
Steve Cochran
Mr. Steve Cochran

WGN Radio host and Talk News legend. His morning news show, entitled  “The Steve Cochran Show” is one of the highest rated shows  and most popular show in the entire U.S. and recognized internationally.
Also a Hollywood Actor, he appeared with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon  in the movie “Grumpy Old Men”.
Also an exceptional comedian, he has performed stand-up comedy with Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, and Gary Shandling.Often seen on Showtime’s and others Comedy Club Networks.
John Plaster
Mr. John Plaster

Renowned Expert and national authority on Sniping, Firearms and Special Operations.
Author of instructional videos and frequently appearing on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, and The Learning Channel.
Three tours in Vietnam, wounded and decorated often for bravery.
Recognized as the world’s foremost authority on the super-secret Special Operations unit in Vietnam, MAC SOG.
Noted author and historian of three books on the unit: “SOG: The Secret Wars of American Commandos in Vietnam”; “Secret Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warriors of SOG”; and “SOG: A Photo History of the Secret Wars” Also a highly sought Instructor of the U.S. Army Special Forces “Green Berets”, Navy SEALS, USMC, Foreign Legion, FBI, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Custom Service, U.S. Border Patrol.
Author of the definitive work on sniping: “The Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers”;
Ralph Peters
Mr. Ralph Peters

Distinguished Author and Military Analyst, has appeared on every network to include CNN, Fox News, BBC, NPR, and others.
Frequent columnist for Newsweek, Time, Newsday, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and many foreign publications.
Frequent lecturer globally and travels extensively, in more than 60 nations, studying behavior and politics.
Author of Twelve novels and four best-selling and influential books: “New Glory: Expanding America’s Global Supremacy”; “Beyond Baghdad: Postmodern War and Peace”; “Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World”; “Fighting For the Future: Will America Triumph?”
General Sid Shachnow
General Sid Shachnow

Holocaust survivor and author of the book: “Hope and Honor”, soon to become a major motion picture. Native of Lithuania, General Schachnow survived Nazi concentration camps, came to America, learned English, and completed a successful 32 year career in the U.S. Army, rising from the rank of Private to Major General and commanding all U.S. Special Forces. A Green Beret hero, he was highly decorated in Vietnam and also was the Commanding General of U.S Forces in Berlin when the Wall fell.
General Jack Singlaub
General John K. Singlaub

Legendary figure in U.S. history. Seen often on History Channel. Author of the book: “Hazardous Duty” that chronicles his incredible accomplishments. Parachuted behind Nazi lines in occupied France during World War II as a secret OSS Jedburg operator. Fought in China where he liberated a Japanese POW camp. Worked as CIA military liaison in China, and commanded the super-secret MAC SOG in Vietnam, responsible for covert operations in Laos, Cambodia, and the Ho Chi Minh Trail. As a Major General, commanded the 3rd Army as well as our forces in the Republic of Korea.
Ben Malcom
Colonel Ben Malcom

Often seen on the History channel and other networks. Commanded a super-secret special operations and unconventional warfare unit behind enemy lines in North Korea during the Korean War.  Missions were not de-classified for thirty years.  Author of the book: “White Tigers: My Secret War in North Korea”.
Howard Donlon
Colonels Robert L. Howard and Roger H.C. Donlon,  Medal of Honor winners

On the left, Colonel Bob Howard, America’s Most Decorated Combat soldier. Nominated for the Medal of Honor three times…. Awards include the Medal of Honor, 2 Distinguished Service Crosses, multiple Silver Stars, Bronze Stars, 9 Purple Hearts. Six tours in Vietnam with Special Forces……Truly an American legend.
On the right, Colonel Roger Donlon, recipient of the first Medal of Honor awarded during the Vietnam War, for his heroic actions of July 5, 1964 when his camp was overrun and, despite sustaining multiple wounds, helped fight off a numerically superior enemy and save his camp.
Dr. Dave Grossman
Dr. Dave Grossman

Leading authority of Combat-Stress related prevention, research, and treatment. Internationally recognized as the world’s leading stress Psychologist.
Former Professor of Psychology, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
Retired paratrooper and Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army.
Highly sought-after Lecturer, seminar leader to all branches of the Armed Forces, police and SWAT units, Firefighting organizations, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Author of the three benchmark books on the subjects: “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of learning to kill in War and Society”, “On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and Peace”, and “Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action against TV, Movie, and Video Game Violence”
Dr. Bruce Hoffman
Dr. Bruce Hoffman

The world’s foremost authority on Terrorism.
Director of Rand Corporation’s Center for Terrorism and Middle East Policy. Often can be seen on various News affiliates, to include Fox, CNN, NBC, BBC, and PBS.
Earned a PhD from Oxford University.
Senior Advisor on Counter Terrorism to the Office of National Security Affairs.
Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism, and Chairman, Department of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, Scotland Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center, West Point,
Professor in the Security Studies Program, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Editor-in-Chief and Advisory Board member of numerous periodicals.
Author of the book “Inside Terrorism”.
Dr. Tom Marks
Dr. Tom Marks

Recognized as the foremost authority in the world on Maoist Insurgency, Revolution, and Counterinsurgency. Professor of Insurgency, Terrorism, and Counter Terrorism at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
Author of numerous award-winning articles published globally.
Books include: “Maoist Insurgency Since Vietnam”, and “Making Revolution: The Insurgency of the Communist Party of Thailand in Structural Perspective”; and  “Counter-Revolution in China: Wang Sheng and the Kuomintang”
General Russ Howard
General Russ Howard

One of the world’s leading authorities on counterterrorism. Founding Director of the Jebsen Center for Counter Terrorism Studies, at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Founding Director of the Combatting Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.
Former Department Head of the Social Sciences directorate at West Point.
Army Chief of Staff Fellow at Harvard; Assistant to the United Nations Secretary General in Somalia, Haiti and many other combat operations.Highly experienced Special Forces officer,  rising from the ranks of A-detachment team leader to the Commander of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), responsible for all Green Beret operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
General Garrison
General Bill Garrison

Highly experienced and decorated Green Beret and Ranger officer, commanding elite units at every level of command. Made famous by the events of October 3, 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia, an operation popularized by the movie “Blackhawk Down”. He was the Commanding General for Task Force Ranger, the special operations unit responsible for tracking down Mohammad Aideed and other Somali warlord terrorists.   Actor Sam Shepard played General Garrison in the motion picture.

Colonel Lee Van Arsdale
Colonel Lee Van Arsdale

Led his highly secret Delta Force special operators in the streets of Mogadishu during the “Blackhawk Down” operation in 1993. Led the famous “Mogadishu Mile” in which the isolated Rangers and Delta Force soldiers had to run one mile through the dangerous streets and dodging enemy gunfire, to reach the safety of the soccer stadium. Highly experienced Green Beret officer, veteran of world-wide combat and other sensitive and classified operations.
Currently is the Chief Executive Officer of the contracting firm “Triple Canopy”, specializing in personal security of the world’s most important leaders.


Ltg. Boykin
General Jerry Boykin

A true American hero and legendary Green Beret and Delta Force commander. Wounded severely in Mogadishu in the famous “Blackhawk Down” operation and a highly decorated veteran of every combat operation, both publicized and unpublicized, in recent American history. Former Commanding General of all Special Forces personnel. One of the most respected leaders in the history of Special Operations.
General Potter
General Dick Potter

Highly decorated and experienced Green Beret commanders, from Vietnam all the way to “Desert One”, the failed U.S. rescue effort in Iran in 1980, to Desert Storm. Commanded all rescue forces in Haiti during the liberation of that island nation.  Commanded all Special Operations forces in Europe and led the efforts to save the Kurdish people from the wrath of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq.  Along with Charlie Beckwith, founded and formed the super-secret Delta Force unit.
Dr. Wray Johnson
Dr. Wray Johnson

One of the world’s foremost authorities on Counter Insurgency and Terrorism. Author of the book: “Airpower in Small Wars: Fighting Insurgents and Terrorists”. Instrumental in forming a secret unconventional warfare unit in the U.S. Air Force, specializing in assisting third world nations fly an assortment of aircraft to bolster their defenses.Currently a Professor at the U.S. Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA. Also authored “Vietnam and American doctrine for Small Wars”. Spent the majority of his Air Force career, where he retired in the rank of Colonel, in small wars and unconventional operations.
Max Boot
Max Boot

A Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, award-winning author and former Editorial editor for the Wall Street Journal.  Honors include being named one of the “500 most influential people in the United States”.
Selected twice as one of the “30 leading business journalists”. Author of the book: “Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the rise of American Power” which received Pulitzer-Prize nominations.His work can be seen regularly in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Defense Weekly, and the Weekly Standard.
Vern Gillespie
Vern Gillespie

A legendary Green Beret officer, whose accomplishment in the highlands of Vietnam in 1964 made the cover of National Geographic magazine. Was responsible for putting down a country-wide uprising and rebellion in which the indigenous population occupying Vietnam’s mountains nearly turned against the United States.  Gillespie, then a Captain and A-team leader, led the efforts to quell the uprising, thus turning the tide to the U.S. favor.A highly experienced and decorated officer, his career lasted until Desert Storm, where he was involved in planning some of the Special Operations missions. He retired in the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Seargent Major Earl Bleacher
Sgt. Major Earl Bleacher

A Special Forces/Green Beret legendary non-commissioned officer.  Decorated combat veteran of multiple tours in Vietnam. Awarded the Silver Star for his valorous role in the famous Son Tay POW rescue operation in North Vietnam, led by legendary Green Beret leader Bull Simons. Seen on the History Channel and Discovery Channel recounting his role in that operation. Instrumental in establishing the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) training school in Fort Bragg, N.C., in which all elite units of the Armed Forces prepare for combat. He retired in the highest rank a non-commissioned officer (NCO) can achieve: Sergeant Major.
Colonel Kenny Poole
Colonel Kenny Poole

Lead pilot of an MC-130 Combat Talon special aircraft which landed in the blacked-out conditions on a remote desert landing strip in Iran during Operation Eagle Claw, the U.S. failed efforts to rescue the hostages held in Tehran.Instrumental in providing airpower to U.S. Green Berets and SEALS during the opening days of the Afghanistan campaign. Highly experienced and decorated Air Force Special Operations pilot, with many, many, flying hours in night-time, combat infiltrations of our nation’s elite combat forces.
Colonel Howard
Colonel Robert L. Howard

The most decorated soldier in American military history. Nominated three times for the nation’s highest award for bravery in combat, the Medal of Honor. In addition to the Medal of Honor, he was awarded two Distinguished Service Crosses, nine Purple Hearts, multiple Silver Star and Bronze Star medals for valor. Often cited in Special Operations books, has been dubbed the “bravest of the brave” by John Plaster and the “toughest man alive” by myself. Still travels abroad to visit our troops today, most recently visiting Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and any other location that finds Americans fighting. The most respected Green Beret and Ranger soldier since World War II.
Roger May
Colonel Roger H.C. Donlon

The first American to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Korean conflict more than ten years earlier.  Author of the book “Beyond Nam Dong” which details the events of July, 1964 when he led his A-team and Vietnamese irregular troops versus a much larger, heavily armed force.  His actions were the inspiration for John Wayne to produce the movie “The Green Berets”, in which his actions are documented. Colonel Donlon concluded a fabulous career in the Army by commanding Green Berets in Panama, to heading the United Nations forces in Japan and Korea, to being head of all allied officers attending Staff Colleges in the U.S.
Dale Fedorchuk

Law partner for the noted firm Chipeur Advocates, Barristers, Solicitors in Alberta, Canada.  B.A. and LL.B., he has appeared in the Supreme Court and lectures in law colleges throughout Manitoba and Canada. A senior mentor and frequent guest lecturer at the U.S. Joint Special Operations University, the War College, and the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College.Expert in insurgent and terrorist organizations and the legal aspects to assist in effectively countering their activities. Helps the training of U.S. special operations elite forces, such as Green Berets, SEALS, and Rangers, and is one of the most respected members of the educational faculty of each institution.