Looking ahead to the Southeast Regional Warrior Symposium
There will be a series of seminars addressing topics such as National Security, Mass Casualty Response, and Active Shooter Threat Planning and Preparation
In February 2012 I’ll attend the first-ever Southeast Regional Warrior Symposium, presented by SARK Securities and co-hosted by the Orlando (Fla.) City Police Department. This event will be one of four major training and education experiences on my calendar in the first six weeks of the New Year. The three Keynote Speakers alone have me pretty charged up to attend — none other than Dr. Michael J. Sulick, Former Director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, Lieutenant General P. K. Keen, Chief, Office of the Defense Representative – Pakistan U.S. Central Command, and none other than the legendary SGM Billy Waugh (Ret.). There will also be a very special presentation by Bobby Henline, a veteran of Desert Storm by age 19, Bobby reenlisted in the Army after 9/11 and deployed three times to Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division and 3rd Armored Calvary regiment.
On April 7th, 2007, Bobby’s Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb just north of Baghdad. Of five men in the vehicle, Bobby was the only survivor. Bobby now spreads joy and hope through his speaking and stand-up comedy. Yeah, pretty impressive.
“Bobby is amazing — he’s actually going to address the whole conference.” said my friend Chris Ghannam when we connected via phone last week. “He brings a different type of courage. We think of courage on the battlefield or on the street. I look at Bobby and he’s got the kind of courage that reappears every single day he opens his eyes. It’s a little different.”
Educating Tomorrow’s Warriors
First and foremost, Ghannam told me that the event will feature the world-class knowledge of subject-matter experts from six different countries. “We’re putting 38 top-notch professionals in front of them and giving them the choice of what specialize track they want to go through in an unparalleled networking opportunity, all within a confined, credentialed, law enforcement and military only conference. It’s a movers-and-shakers venue. If you’re a trainer, sometimes at large venues you might get the opportunity to work closely with one or two of the invited experts — in this venue you’ll be able to work with just about everyone there because it’s such an intimate atmosphere.”
There will be a series of classroom seminars addressing topics such as National Security, Mass Casualty Response, Active Shooter Threat Planning and Preparation, and a host of others. There will be a live-fire venue, hosted by Orlando City PD, at which attending trainers will have the opportunity to work with internationally-recognized instructors SGM Nir Maman, SGM Pete Gould, and Steve Mescan, and the ammo will be provided by SARK Securities.
A Who’s-Who List
“When you’re talking about the intelligence community and you want some real insight and knowledge surrounding the future direction of international affairs, who better to ask than the former director of national clandestine services for the Agency?” Ghannam concluded. Indeed, sir. Indeed.
Check this space again in January for additional details. For now, just check out the below video of Bobby Henline.
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