July’s program will be presented by three members of Veterans for Peace.
Scott Peters will talk about his campaign for the new 52nd District.
Veterans for Peace was founded in 1985 by 10 U.S. veterans in response to the global nuclear arms race and U.S. military interventions in Central America. It grew to more than 8,000 members in the buildup to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 with veteran and associate members in every U.S. state and several countries, with more than 120 chapters across the nation.
Veterans for Peace holds a permanent Non-Governmental Organization seat at the United Nations. It is also the first military veterans’ organization invited to be a member of the International Peace Bureau based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Our three speakers will address government policy issues and the impact on our society from their different perspectives, including the impact of the Global War On Terror on our citizenry and our veterans.
One of the three speakers will be David W. Gapp, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
A native of Tucson, Arizona, Lt Col Gapp graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics in 1978. He was commissioned as an Air Force officer in May, 1978 and entered Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather AFB, CA. He received the
Commander’s Trophy as the Top Graduate, and was assigned as a “back-seater” Weapons Systems Officer in the RF-4 Phantom. He completed a three year tour in Germany, whereupon he was selected for Undergraduate Pilot Training.
After receiving his pilot wings, he returned to pilot the RF-4 Phantom. Lt Col Gapp attended the US Air Force’s Accident Investigation School, and is an experienced aircraft Class A mishap accident investigator, as well as Safety Board President.
Lt Col Gapp’s other assignments were to Austin TX, Washington DC, Rio de Janeiro & Brasilia, Brazil, Tucson AZ, and the Azores island of Terceira in Portugal, from where he retired on September 1, 2009.
A combat veteran, Lt Col Gapp deployed to Southwest Asia in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. There he served as Chief of the Master Air Attack Planning at the Combined Air Operations Center, in charge of creating the daily Air Task Order to support ground troops with tactical fighter and bomber aircraft in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
He spent half his 31-year career flying fighters, and then transitioned to become an International Affairs Specialists. He attended the Defense Language Institute for Portuguese language, and was an exchange officer for one year with the Brazilian Air Force. He served as the Assistant Air Attaché at the US Embassy in Brazil, and was an Instructor Pilot in the C-12 King Air. Working for Headquarters US Air Forces South, he was Chief of the Air Force’s Theatre Security Cooperation programs for all of Central and
South America. Lt Col Gapp’s last assignment was as Chief of Political Affairs for the 65th Air Base Wing where he and his staff served as the liaison between the US Air Force and the Portuguese Air Force located at Lajes Field, The Azores.
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