The Heart of America Patriot Foundation hosts a Speaker Series with the goal of raising awareness of the sacrifices of our armed forces.
These Zoom events are moderated by our President, Captain Al Gorthy, USN, Retired. They feature members of our Armed Forces, both active duty and retired, who have fascinating stories and insights from their time in uniform.
While these sessions are free, we encourage your contribution. Our speakers have waived speaking fees, which means every dollar contributed to HOAPF goes 100% to our partner universities and colleges. Each of them have agreed to match our donations dollar-for-dollar for scholarships for dependents of deceased or 100% disabled veterans.
Captain Wooldridge is a retired Naval aviator. He spent 27 years in the US Navy, and is the only three-time leader of the Blue Angels. He led the team to Russia in 1992 which is featured in the documentary, Blue Angels: Around the World at the Speed of Sound, available on YouTube.
During the live Zoom session, Captain Wooldridge will share anecdotes, pictures, and high-definition videos from his time as “Boss of the Blues.” He will address leading a group of high-achieving men and women toward a common goal while constructing a framework of excellence and trust. He will focus on how to build quality and empower individuals and teams on their journey to high performance. The following link provides a brief introduction to Captain Greg Wooldridge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZPp-w8gbfs
Captain Wooldridge is a nationally recognized speaker who has graciously agreed to waive his speaking fee. Therefore, all proceeds will go directly to fund HOAPF scholarships for dependents of deceased or 100% disabled veterans at colleges which have agreed to match our Foundation donations.
Mike Durant retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 from the US Army. He was a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the Night Stalkers. On October 3, 1993, his Blackhawk was shot down over Mogadishu, Somalia. The crash and subsequent fight with Somalis resulted in the death of his three-man crew in addition to two Delta Force snipers inserted to protect them. Both snipers received the Medal of Honor posthumously, and Mike spent 11 days in captivity as a prisoner of war. The events of that day are chronicled in the book Blackhawk Down. He has received numerous awards, including two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Bronze Star, and has published two books - In the Company of Heroes, and The Night Stalkers.
Mike has graciously agreed to present without compensation. Therefore, all proceeds will go directly to fund HOAPF scholarships for dependents of deceased or 100% disabled veterans at colleges which have agreed to match our Foundation donations.
General Richard Myers, USAF, retired, served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the highest ranking uniformed officer in the U.S. military, during the early stages of the “War on Terror” and was the Acting JCS Chair on 9-11. General Myers flew over 4,100 hours in fighters (F-4, F-15, and F-16) including 600 hours in combat in the F-4 Phantom. Among his many command positions, he led USAF Space Command – that became the U.S. Space Force in 2019. General Myers will share his 9-11 experience returning to the Pentagon minutes after the attack. He will also talk about what led up to the creation the Space Force and the latest on the study of UFOs.
General Myers, current President of Kansas State University (an HOAPF partner university) has graciously agreed to present without compensation so all proceeds will go directly to fund HOAPF scholarships for dependents of deceased or 100% disabled veterans at colleges that agree to match our Foundation donations.
On August 5, 1964, during Operation Pierce Arrow, LTJG Everett Alvarez's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down over North Vietnam. He was immediately captured and subsequently endured more than eight years of brutal captivity by the North Vietnamese at the "Hanoi Hilton," where he was repeatedly beaten and tortured. Alvarez spent a year as the sole POW before the second American prisoner was captured and incarcerated. He was released on February 12, 1973, as part of the first group of American POWs repatriated after spending 3,113 days in captivity. Everett is the recipient of the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and two Purple Hearts. He has co-authored two books about his prisoner of war experiences in Chained Eagle and Code Of Conduct.
Everett has graciously agreed to present without compensation. Therefore, all proceeds will go directly to fund HOAPF scholarships for dependents of deceased or 100% disabled veterans at colleges which have agreed to match our Foundation donations.
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