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Veterans Day Memorial

Veterans Day Memorial

November 11th, 2017 11:00am-November 11th, 2017 12:00pm

Join us for our annual Veterans Day Program in the Memorial Courtyard on November 11th at 11 a.m., and say thank you to those who have and are serving our country. This program is free to the public. If the weather is bad the program will be moved into the ballroom of the Nimitz Museum. 


This year's keynote will be given by Captain Mike Tatsch.


Captain Mike Tatsch grew up Fredericksburg, Texas, and joined the Navy to follow in the footsteps of Bill Phelps, his Boy Scout Scoutmaster who had been a WWII Navy Pilot.  He earned a systems engineering degree at the Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree at Texas A&M University prior to attending flight school, where he earned his Wings of Gold in May 1996.


Captain Tatsch spent most of his career flying the EA-6B Prowler, culminating in command of the VAQ-136 “Gauntlets” in Atsugi, Japan.  Shore-duty tours included T-45 Goshawk flight instructor, Navy Aide to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and action officer for the Joint IED Defeat Organization.  In 2015, he completed his final deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, as the Senior Advisor to Iraq’s Minister of Defense, and in May of 2017 he retired from his final position with the Chief of Naval Air Training staff, where he oversaw training quality for all Navy and Marine Corps undergraduate flight training.


Over 25 years in the Navy, he accumulated over 3,500 flight hours and completed 750 carrier landings aboard 10 different aircraft carriers.  His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, and various other personal and unit awards.


After the program we will have our popular WWII Pacific Combat Program at 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 10:30 and 2:00 on Sunday at the Pacific Combat Zone.

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