Event to promote military appreciation

The Town of Flower Mound and the Military Officers Association of North DFW will host a daylong Open House November 16 at the Shirley Voirin Social Senior Center, 2121 Cross Timbers Rd., to promote awareness of military life among those who’ve never served; and to give veterans a chance to reconnect with each other.

Visitors can stop by any time during the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to peruse military memorabilia from various eras and talk to veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Viet Nam and Iraq.

The displays are designed to spur discussions and let participants get a more intimate appreciation of military history through the eyes of those who lived it, according to organizer Ginger Simonson.

Among the veterans participating are Jim Brede, a B-17 pilot with World War II experience and Sharon Balsley, an Army nurse who spent two years in Viet Nam.

Retired US Army General Bob Scales, a Fox News military analyst, news commentator, and author, will cap off the day with a talk at 5 p.m.

“We are fortunate to have Major General Robert Scales (US Army-Retired) available to give the keynote address and cap off a great day,” said Simonson.

General Scales served over thirty years in the Army, retiring as a Major General in November 2000. He commanded two units in Vietnam, winning the Silver Star for action during the battles around Dong Ap Bia (Hamburger Hill) during the summer of 1969.  In 1995, he created the Army After Next program which was the Army’s first attempt to build a strategic game and operational concept for future land warfare.

General Scales is currently the president of Colgen, LP, a consulting firm specializing in issues relating to landpower, wargaming and strategic leadership.

Seating is limited for General Scales’ appearance, so visitors are asked to arrive well before 5 p.m.


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