Wednesday, May 25, 2016

THE STORY OF THE GREAT HALYARD MISSION RESCUE OPERATION PRESENTED BY LT. COL. JOHN CAPPELLO, U.S. Air Force Attache / Silver Wings over Washington Speakers Event Series / Army Navy Country Club Thursday May 26, 2016

Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia


Dear Members  and Guests,

On May the 26th, [2016] we are privileged to have as our  speaker Lt. Col. John Cappello, Air Force Attache (AIRA) at the U.S. Embassies in Serbia and Israel.  Our distinguished speaker will present the untold, compelling, and riveting account of the greatest daring operation of World War II.

This true story will keep you on the edge of your seat by the suspense: escaping from exploding airplanes, landing into hostile terrain, being caught in the midst of political intrigue and espionage, trapped and facing an uncertain future!

The Chetnik Commander Draza Mihailovich was disposed to uphold an Allied friendly relationship and his army aided in the transport of the injured aviators and air crews, while the local Serbs displayed heroism in providing shelter, food, and protection to the airmen. Creating and building an airstrip for the evacuation with simple courage, farm tools, and bare hands, for the C-47s was another wondrous achievement...

Agenda for Thursday, May 26, 2016

          East Gate: 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
          West Gate: 2400 South 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
          Complimentary Parking
Area:  Fort Richardson Room, 3rd Floor

Cost:  $38, pre-pay or pay at the entrance
Date:  Thursday, May 26th, 2016
11:00  Doors Open, Networking Time
11:50  Pledge of Allegiance
11:55  Blessing
12:00  Plated entree and dessert served
12:45  SWOWF President VADM Robert Dunn introduces David Vuich
12:50  David Vuich introduces our speaker Lt.Col. John Cappello
13:00  Speaker: Lt.Col. John Cappello
13:45  Questions from the Audience
14:00  Conclusion of the 2016 May Speakers Events Series

We are looking forward to a great turnout, if you have any question feel free to contact me at 917.334.1526, or via text/e-mail at anytime.


R.N. Jurgenson
Silver Wings
Cell: 917.334.1526


“Our speaker, Lt. Col. John Cappello, entered the Air Force after earning his Bachelor’s Degree from the United States Air Force Academy. He attended pilot training and was first assigned to fly B-52s with the 69th Bomb Squadron at Loring Air Force Base, Maine. During this tour he was deployed for six months in support of Operation Desert Shield. Lieutenant Colonel Cappello completed B-1 training and was subsequently assigned to the 28th Bomb Squadron at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, spending more than a year flying with the Kansas Air National Guard as an active duty adviser assisting with their transition from the F16 to B1.

The Lieutenant Colonel has also served as an associate professor of political science at the United States Air Force Academy. He has been published in a number of professional journals and was co­recipient of the Institute of National Security Studies Linhart Award for best research effort in 1998. Lieutenant Colonel Cappello returned to fly the B­1 with the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota,  in 1999, and later served as the operations  officer for the Military Liaison Team in Kiev, Ukraine. Prior to becoming an attaché, he was a  political military officer at Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany,  working extensively on European Command policies in the Balkans.  From 2007 to 2010 he  served as Defense and Air Attaché to Serbia and then as Air Attaché to Israel from August 2010  to December 2013.  Lieutenant Colonel Cappello retired from active duty on 1 January 2014."

About Silver Wings Over Washington

The Silver Wings Fraternity is comprised of a wonderful group of remarkable individuals who have pioneered, excelled and contributed to the world of aviation. We encourage members to bring friends, guests, and introduce young people to the noteworthy exploits and achievements of our distinguished members and speakers. In the past we have hosted prominent speakers who presented contemporary and historical topics relating to aviation, space, and a variety of military accomplishments.

Our mission is to provide an educational foundation that inspires, advocates, and fosters a venue for learning through aviation, especially for the younger generation; a forum for networking among members, colleagues and friends with outstanding speakers and camaraderie across the board. "What's Past is Prologue"


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