Mike Rowland, Celebrate America’s Military, airing Nov. 1

Mike Rowland 130119Mike Rowland
2014 Chairman, Military Affairs Committee
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Mike Rowland is the Military Liaison Officer for Broadway National Bank. He provides oversight for military banking matters within the Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) region, including banking center locations on Fort Sam Houston, Randolph AFB, and Lackland AFB. His primary responsibility is serving as the liaison between Broadway Bank and all military units within JBSA.  Mike also represents Broadway Bank in civic and community based organizations.

Colonel Polly Kenny

 

 

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Col Polly Kenney 141025AETC 101016Col. Polly Kenny
Judge Advocate
Headquarters, Air Education and Training Command

Colonel Polly S. Kenny is the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio Randolph, Texas. She is the senior legal advisor to the AETC Commander on all legal issues involving military justice, civil litigation, environmental law, claims, international law, and administrative law.

Colonel Kenny received a Bachelor of Science degree in English with minors in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Troy State University in 1985. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1988. After admission to the Alabama bar, Colonel Kenny entered the Air Force through the direct appointment program in March 1989.

Bobby Henline

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Bobby Henline 141018Bobby Henline
Comedian
Motivational Speaker

Bobby Henline is a professional speaker and stand-up comedian who draws on his experiences as a U.S. Army veteran. He enlisted in the Army at age 17 and was a Desert Storm veteran by age 19.

Henline left the service but was inspired to re-enlist after the attacks against the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. He deployed to Iraq three times with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

On April 7, 2007, the Humvee that Henline was riding in, just north of Baghdad, struck a roadside bomb. He was the only one of the vehicle’s five occupants to survive the blast. More than 38 percent of his body was burned, and his head was burned to the skull. He spent six months battling for survival in the hospital, and his left hand was so badly injured that it was eventually amputated. To date, Henline has had more than 40 surgeries.

In August 2009, during a doctor’s appointment in Los Angeles, Henline “pinky-swore” with his occupational therapist that he would try stand-up comedy while he was in town. The “Well-Done Comedian” was born shortly afterward, during an open-mic night at the Comedy Store.

Henline believes that God spared his life for a reason that day north of Baghdad — that his mission is to help create awareness for burn survivors, to inspire others to live life to the fullest, and to promote healing through sharing his story and laughter. In addition to his comedy, he is a motivational speaker who often addresses corporate groups, nonprofit organizations and others.

Henline lives in San Antonio with his wife, Connie, and four children. He performs regularly at the Laugh Out Loud and River Center Comedy Clubs in San Antonio, and has made appearances at Rooster T. Feathers (Sunnyvale, Calif.), The Comedy Zone (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas.

Hakeem Basheerud-Deen

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Hakeem Basheerud-Deen 141011Hakeem Basheerud-Deen
Director, Veterans Services
U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Hakeem Basheerud-Deen is the Director, Veterans Services, with the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Executive Director of the Federal Council on Veterans Employment.

Mr. Basheerud-Deen leads the Veterans Services group that directly supports the Veterans Employment Initiative established by Executive Order 13518. In partnership with federal agencies, veterans service organizations and other activities, his team is involved in government-wide outreach, recruitment, training, and hiring efforts to increase the number of veterans employed by the federal government.

Hakeem’s group has oversight and program responsibility for the government-wide Veterans’ Recruitment and Employment Strategic Plan and the FedsHireVets.gov web and associated social media sites dedicated to federal employment information for veterans.

Major General Ed Wilson

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Major General Ed Wilson 14100424th Air Force, 130209Major General Burke “Ed” Wilson
Commander
24th Air Force, Air Forces Cyber

Maj. Gen. Burke E. “Ed” Wilson is the Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. General Wilson is responsible for the Air Force’s component numbered air force providing combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces which plan and conduct cyberspace operations. Twenty-fourth Air Force personnel extend, maintain and defend the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network. The general directs the activities of two cyberspace wings, the 624th Operations Center, and the Joint Force Headquarters – Cyber, all headquartered at JBSA-Lackland, as well as the 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

General Wilson entered the Air Force in 1985 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He has served in various assignments, including space and cyber operations, planning, strategy, policy, acquisition and combat support. The general has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, as well as served on the staffs of Air Force Space Command, 24th Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office, North American Aerospace Defense Command, and the former U.S. Space Command. Prior to his current assignment, General Wilson served as the Director, Space Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

EDUCATION 
1985 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1986 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1990 Master of Science degree in electrical/computer engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.
1990 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1998 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1999 Master of Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 Air War College, by correspondence
2004 Back to Basics, Executive Business Training, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
2005 Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellowship, Cisco Systems, San Jose, Calif.
2006 Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2009 U.S. Air Force Enterprise Leadership Course, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

ASSIGNMENTS 
1. July 1985 – May 1988, design engineer, Space Defense Operations Center; Chief, SPADOC Systems Engineering Branch, Electrical Systems Division, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
2. June 1988 – June 1990, Military Strategic and Tactical Relay systems engineer; program manager, MILSTAR Transportable Terminal, Electronic Systems Division, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
3. July 1990 – June 1994, Operations Director; Flight Director; Chief, Advanced Satellite Planning Division; Chief, Advanced Satellite Management Division, Operational Detachment 4, Onizuka AFB, Calif.
4. July 1994 – December 1995, Mission Director; Chief, Support to Military Operations Division, Overhead Collection Management Center, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
5. January 1996 – February 1997, executive officer, Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.
6. March 1997 – July 1997, military assistant, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
7. July 1997 – June 1998, student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. July 1998 – June 1999, student, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. July 1999 – June 2000, plans and programs officer; Chief, Plans and Programs Branch, U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
10. July 2000 – June 2002, Deputy Director, Commander in Chief’s Action Group, North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
11. July 2002 – July 2003, Commander, 1st Space Operations Squadron, 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colo.
12. July 2003 – July 2004, Deputy Commander, 50th Operations Group, 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colo.
13. August 2004 – May 2005, Secretary of Defense corporate fellow, Cisco Systems, San Jose, Calif.
14. June 2005 – June 2006, Director, Commander’s Action Group, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
15. June 2006 – September 2006, student, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
16. September 2006 – April 2008, Commander, Space Operations Group, Aerospace Defense Facility – East, Fort Belvoir, Va.
17. April 2008 – February 2010, Commander, Space Development and Test Wing, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
18. February 2010 – August 2011, Commander, 45th Space Wing, Patrick AFB, Fla.
19. September 2011 – June 2013, Deputy Commander, Air Forces Cyber (AFCYBER/24th Air Force), Fort George G. Meade, Md.
20. June 2013 – July 2014, Director of Space Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
21. July 2014 – present, Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS 
1. July 1999 – June 2000, plans and programs officer; Chief, Plans and Programs Branch, U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a major
2. July 2000 – June 2002, deputy director/member, Commander in Chief’s Action Group, North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a major and a lieutenant colonel
3. September 2006 – April 2008, Commander, Space Operations Group, as a colonel

BADGES AND RATINGS 
Command Space Badge
Senior Cyberspace Operator Badge
Basic Parachutist Badge
Basic Acquisition and Financial Management Badge
Certified Acquisition Professional: Program Management (Level III)
System Planning, Research and Development (Level III)
Test and Evaluation (Level I)

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS 
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Reconnaissance Office’s Distinguished Service Medal
National Reconnaissance Office’s Superior Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 28, 1985
First Lieutenant May 28, 1987
Captain May 28, 1989
Major Jan. 1, 1997
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2001
Colonel March 1, 2006
Brigadier General Dec. 17, 2010
Major General April 2, 2014

(Current as of August 2014)

Major General Leonard “Len” Patrick and James Holland

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Maj Gen Len Patrick 140927AETC 101016Major General “Len” Patrick
Vice Commander
Air Education and Training Command

Maj. Gen. Leonard A. Patrick is Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. AETC recruits, trains and educates Air Force people and includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, a numbered air force and Air University. The command trains more than 293,000 students per year and consists of 12 bases, more than 62,400 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilians and contractors, and 1,369 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft.

Staff Sergeant Roy Walters

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SSG Roy Walters 1409205th Medical Recruiting BrigadeStaff Sergeant Roy Walters
U.S. Army Health Care Recruiter
San Antonio Medical Recruiting Center

Roy Curtis Walters was near Beaumont, Texas, in April 1984 but grew up in California, settling with his mother and stepfather in the northern town of Weed. He was a home-school student as a teenager and received his diploma from American Christian Academy.

In November 2003, he joined the U.S. Army, enlisting to be a 68W (combat medic). In June 2004, he was assigned to the 3/89 Cavalry, working first as a line medic for a platoon and progressing to senior line medic for the troop. In 2007, he became a noncommissioned officer, ahead of his peer group.