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Patriot Day

September 11 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum salutes America and honors the fallen victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and the heroes who have fought our nation’s battles throughout the years. The program honors active military and first responders with free admission and lunch. This program and lunch include a keynote speaker and begins at 11:30 AM with the presentation ending at 1:00 PM.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. David B. Crist, who is a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute, documenting thirty years of U.S.-Iranian conflict in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan for a forthcoming book (spring 2011). He served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, with a light armored reconnaissance battalion during Operation Desert Storm and after 2001 with Special Operations Forces. He is currently on a leave of absence from the Department of Defense, where he serves as a senior historian for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Dr. Crist has written and spoken extensively on contemporary military history and has produced numerous studies for the U.S. government examining current operations in Iraq and the Persian Gulf. He is author of the 2009 Washington Institute Policy Focus Gulf of Conflict: A History of U.S.-Iranian Confrontation at Sea and of a 2008 New York Times op-ed on altercations between Iranian small boats and the U.S. Navy.

The program is included with general admission, but is free for members and all current military, retired, or veterans. Must show ID at front desk. Reservations will be required prior to the event.


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September 11
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
28210 West Park Highway
Ashland, NE 68003 United States
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