The 119th VFW National Convention is being held from July 21 to 25 in Kansas City, and will feature a variety of committee meetings and information settings, as well as the Vander Clute Memorial Motorcycle Ride and a patriotic celebration.
The convention will also include a welcome concert that will surely brighten the day for attendees. The concert will be held at the Municipal Auditorium on July 22 and will be headlined by country music superstar Trace Adkins. A prominent supporter of American veterans and service members, the three-time Grammy Award nominee has performed as part of 12 USO tours throughout his career. In addition to his performance, he will be presented with the VFW Commander-in-Chief Gold Medal of Merit. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. with a performance from the Six-String Soldiers, an acoustic group comprised of five active-duty soldiers. Admission to the concert is free. VFW members can request as many as four general admission seats by calling 1-833-VFW-VETS.
The author, Carl Buhler, has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Valdosta State College. Carl Buhler subsequently earned master’s degrees in human relations, national security and strategic studies, and national resource strategy, while advancing his career in the United States Air Force. In addition to being a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he serves as a brigadier general.
The Air Force Association (AFA), an independent nonprofit organization, supports professionals in the military and aerospace industries and provides the public with a variety of educational information through its outreach programs. Every year, the association hosts numerous professional development opportunities, including the Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
In 2018, the Air, Space & Cyber Conference will take place September 17-19 in National Harbor, Maryland. Focusing on the theme of Multi-Domain Operations: Leveraging the Full Spectrum, this event will feature expert speakers tackling topics ranging from defense strategies and the defense market to operational issues and legislative challenges. Leaders in the aerospace industry will come together to network and participate in these specific topics and other general areas of interest. Attendees can also view innovative technologies and services from exhibitors in the industry. More information is available at https://www.afa.org/airspacecyber/home.
The author, Carl Buhler, was deployed during the cease-fire phase of Operation Desert Storm and served as a maintenance officer for the Thunderbirds squadron.
Established to preserve America’s history and share stories of the past, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation oversees a variety of educational programs and online resources. It also pursues archaeological research in conjunction with technological innovation to help bring the history of the nation in a bright and vibrant manner to individuals alive today.
One of the foundation’s recent projects includes the creation of a virtual Williamsburg, a three-dimensional re-creation of the town meant to represent May 15, 1776, when the fifth Virginia Convention took place. This project builds upon the research of archaeologists, curators, and historians to immerse viewers in history through assistance from cutting-edge technologies such as CAD and 3D modeling software.
The author, Carl Buhler, has received honors such as the Air Force Maintenance Effectiveness Award and a nomination for the General and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award. Alongside his career working in areas such as logistics, Carl Buhler is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.