Colonel (ret.) Lee Roper President and CEO RINCO of Texas Col. Lee Roper is the founder, president and chief executive officer of RINCO of Texas, Inc., which provides real estate sales services for commercial, industrial and development properties. The company, formed in 1968, has been involved with developing and operating dozens of projects — including apartment complexes, ranch properties and resort properties in El Paso, Midland/Odessa and throughout the Texas Hill Country.
Col. Roper, who earned a degree in animal husbandry from North Carolina State University, was a member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and received his commission as a U.S. Army officer in 1950. During his 24-year military career, his assignments included Army General Staff in Washington, D.C., combat commander in Korea and Vietnam, and director of gunnery, U.S. Army Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Brigadier General John Cherrey Deputy Director of Intelligence, Operations and Nuclear Integration for Flying Training Air Education and Training Command
Brig. Gen. John A. Cherrey is the Deputy Director of Intelligence, Operations, and Nuclear Integration for Flying Training, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He is responsible for developing policies and programming resources for aircrew training programs. These include undergraduate flying, post-graduate combat crew, and supplemental training for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Reserve and Guard personnel; international partners; and Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training. Along with formulating training policy, he maintains the ability to respond to peacetime contingencies and expeditionary requirements, and to execute AETC command and control in peace and war.
Colonel Brent Causey Command Chaplain Army Medical Department Center & School
Chaplain Brent V. Causey holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Biola University, La Mirada, California, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Fort Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Worth, Texas. His military education includes completion of the Chaplain Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.
Prior to Chaplain Causey’s current assignment, he served as United States Forces/Theater Command Chaplain – Afghanistan.
Mary Beth Fisk CEO and Executive Director Ecumenical Center for Education, Counseling and Health
Mary Beth Fisk has more than 30 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector as a visionary, executive, clinical research scientist, and community builder. As the former president and chief operating officer of South Texas’ largest blood, tissue, and cellular therapy center, Mary Beth initiated and implemented meaningful programs that still stand today, including Gencure (a cellular therapy & tissue engineering program involving umbilical-cord). Over the years, Mary Beth founded and directed a nonprofit foundation, developed an international tissue donor bank, and was an active instrument in shepherding new legislation for medical needs at both the state and national level as well as authored numerous scientific and peer-reviewed journal articles.
An active volunteer, Fisk was elected to the Ecumenical Center’s Board of Directors and served as its treasurer as well as serving on several influential local and national boards. In 2009 and again in 2012, she was named a Health Care Hero in the areas of innovation and administrative excellence respectively by the San Antonio Business Journal.
Listen to the show: Colonel Michael C. Harasimowicz Commander 688th CyberSpace Wing
Colonel Michael C. Harasimowicz is Commander, 688th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. In this capacity, he leads over 1,500 professionals in developing, training, exercising and testing information operations tactics, techniques and procedures; analyzing and mitigating U.S. cyberspace vulnerabilities; integrating emerging information dominance capabilities in support of Air Force, joint, and Department of Defense warfighters; engineering, deploying, and delivering survivable and resilient cyber infrastructure (deployed and in-garrison); and integrates communications and computer systems designed to increase the combat effectiveness of Air Force and Department of Defense elements.
Dr. Kerry Anderson Crooks
Mr. Homer Hall
U.S. Air Force veterans
Air crash survivors
Dr. K. Anderson Crooks is a veteran and senior accredited organizational communications professional and educator with a wide variety of experiences and depth of expertise in crisis management and program development.
Dr. Crooks has served in various management and communications roles in both the military and private sector. He served as faculty and the assistant vice president for university relations at the University of Florida. At UF, he taught courses for the colleges of Agriculture and Journalism and Communication. His research earned several distinctions including the inaugural Susanne Roschwalb Award and Grant. He has made presentations to the American Meteorological Society, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the F.I.T/Boeing/People’s Republic of China aviation symposium, and the US/Japanese business conference, and was key speaker at conferences to include PR, photography, IT and aviation fields. He created the Aviation Meteorology course for the European-American Institute of Nice, France.
Listen to the show: Mr. Gary Boyd Command historian Air Education and Training Command
Gary W. Boyd is the Command Historian, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He provides guidance to the subordinate unit historians and heritage personnel throughout the command and manages the AETC museum program and Air Force art holdings on loan in the command.
Mr. Boyd has served at all levels of command as an Air Force Historian both on active duty and as a civilian for more than 25 years. He has also served as historian in many notable operations, including Operation Desert Storm where he was the A-10 wing historian for the 23/354 Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional). He was the first Pacific Air Forces Command historian to take part in a joint exercise in the former Soviet Union. In September 1996 he deployed with an Eleventh Air Force team to Khabarovsk, Russia for SAREX 1996. In 2002 he served as the Air Force Central Command Forward historian in Southwest Asia. In 2003 he spent several months at Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, compiling records of Operation Shining Express and Joint Task Force-Liberia. Then in 2008 he deployed again for Operation Enduring Freedom, where he compiled the history of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and tanker activities in the Global War on Terrorism.