Kickoff Breakfast

2016 NAAA Convention
December 5–8, 2016 ♦ Long Beach, Calif.

Thank You 2015 Kickoff Breakfast Speaker, Col. Mark Tillman,
Commander of Air Force One on 9/11 

Thank you to Colonel (retired) Mark W. Tillman, Former Commander of Air Force One on 9/11/2001, who served as the Kickoff Breakfast speaker at the 2015 NAAA Convention on Monday, Dec. 7.
Chosen as the nation’s 12th Presidential pilot, Col. Tillman served as pilot and commander of Air Force One from 2001-2009. Col. Tillman was at the controls of Air Force One through numerous national events. Most notably, he protected the President on September 11, 2001 by keeping him out of harm’s way and connecting the flying oval office to the nation’s first responders.
Another historic event was being the first pilot to fly the Commander-in-Chief into a war zone. Col. Tillman flew President George W. Bush into Iraq for Thanksgiving in 2003. The challenge was unprecedented--transport the most targeted man in the world into the heart of terrorism. One mistake would have left the President open to attack and cost the lives of U.S. service members. Col. Tillman personally orchestrated and executed the covert operation with flawless success. His planning, done in complete secrecy, allowed for a complete surprise to the entire world.
Col. Tillman’s distinguished career spans 30 years in the United States Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 2004 and promoted to Brigadier General by the President of the United States—the first military line officer to receive this honor. For political reasons he was not confirmed by the Senate, hence Tillman retired as a Colonel.
Thank you to BASF for sponsoring the 2015 Kickoff Breakfast.