Don’t miss two of the most dynamic and inspiring sessions at this year’s annual meeting and convention.
We will kick off the KCUA Annual Meeting and Convention on Friday morning with a Leadership Breakfast and Keynote, featuring a presentation titled: 24 Hours Inside the President's Bunker by Rob Darling.
On September 11, 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Rob Darling was working in the White House Military Office and was initially tasked to coordinate airlift assets for the President’s evacuation to an undisclosed site. However, he was quickly recruited to provide his military expertise and became a liaison between the Vice President, National Security Advisor and the Pentagon.
During the next 24 hours, he received real time information from numerous government agencies and worked directly with the National Command Authority to respond to the terrorist attacks. Lieutenant Colonel Darling witnessed first-hand the enormity of the crisis leadership decisions that were made that day on behalf of all Americans.
About Rob Darling
In October 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps with just over 20 years of active duty service.
He flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa, in support of Operation Restore Hope.
In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One and in October 2000, he was handpicked to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in that capacity that Lt. Col. Darling supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) on September 11, 2001.
In May 2002, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his MBA in Financial Management and subsequently served as a Program Manager for the Chief of Naval Operations supporting the Department of the Navy Flying Hour Program.
Rob is the author of "24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House," and the President of Quantitative Analytics, LLC, an aviation operations and logistics company located in Stafford, Virginia.
The general session on Friday afternoon features a presentation called Hearts of Courage by John Tippets.
John shares a heartwarming and inspirational story about famed Alaska bush pilot, Harold Gillam, and his flight from Seattle, WA to Alaska back in 1943. The plane crashed in the Alaska wilderness about 30 miles from his intended refueling stop at Annette Island. Gillam and his five passengers all survived the crash. Four of the six persons survived 29 days in the wilderness before being rescued. Hearts of Courage is a survival story beyond belief. Spouses are encouraged and welcome to attend this session.
About John Tippets
John Tippets spent 42 years in the airline industry, 17 plus of those years as the President/CEO of the American Airlines Federal Credit Union in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. Mr. Tippets retired from there in 2008 when he authored and published "Hearts of Courage,” a book about the miraculous 29-day survival story of his father Joseph Tippets, a former CAA/FAA employee, who was on a plane that went down in Alaska in January 1943.
In late 2009, coming out of retirement, Mr. Tippets became the President/CEO of North Island Credit Union in San Diego, California. Tippets recently retired again and has been a frequent speaker for credit union groups and credit union conferences.