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    Military Appreciation - Saluting Those Who Serve

    Date: November 7, 2017, 11:30am – 1:15pm
    Heart of Illinois - Human Resource Council
    Par-A-Dice Hotel & Casino
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    HR Professionals, Business Leaders and Veterans/Active Military - Join us for lunch/program and hear from the nationally renowned speaker and author of “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker – 9/11/01 – The White House.” Retired Lt. Colonel Robert Darling will talk about his experience on 9/11/01 inside the White House bunker where he worked alongside Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.

    Lt. Colonel Darling was a Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot, a Marine Helicopter Squadron One Presidential Pilot for President Bill Clinton, and White House Airlift Operations during the attack on America on 9/11/01 and stood shoulder-to- shoulder with America’s highest leaders as they made unprecedented crisis leadership decisions on behalf of all Americans.

    As a public speaker on crisis leadership and decision making, Bob has addressed numerous academic, government and military organizations including Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a guest lecturer on the subject of Crisis Leadership and Counterterrorism at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

    Veterans/Active Military - Representatives from various agencies will be attending to answer questions and distribute information, member of the Heart of Illinois HR Council will offer resume review and mock interviewing sessions, and much, much more!

    Business Community - Event Sponsorship available - Please contact Nancy Wraight at for more information. 

    Business Community - We need your help! Our goal is to invite Service Members to attend the event at no cost!

    Ticket options include:

    • Lunch and Program - General Attendee (Human Resources and Business Professionals) lunch and registration fee is $30.
    • Sponsor a Veteran/Service Member- Register and pay for a Service Member to attend the event as your guest. The fee is $30 per Service Member.
    • Donation - Submit a Donation to cover the cost of lunch and registration fee for Service Member(s) . Fee is $30 per ticket. A Donation of $120 will cover the cost for 4 Service Members. Tickets will be distributed by Heart of Illinois HR Council.
    • Sponsors - Event Sponsors wanted - Contact a member of Heart of Illinois Council at for more information. 

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    11:00 a.m. Registration / Networking
    11:15 a.m. Welcome / Opening Remarks
    11:30 a.m. Lunch
    12:00 p.m. "24 Hours Inside the President's Bunker - A Crisis Leadership Presentation"
    1:30 p.m. Service Member Resource Fair for active Military, Veterans and their Families.
    3:30 p.m. Adjourn