Coffee and Conversation with Gary KlingJoin us from 9-11 a.m. the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month for an informal presentation about a military conflict, branch or event.  Come early to enjoy light refreshments.

Coffee and Conversation Archive

Most of our Coffee and Conversation presentations are recorded and added to our museum’s YouTube channel. To view the full list of videos with their associated links, please click on the link below:

Coffee and Conversation Guide  

Upcoming Presentations

If you or someone you know is interested in presenting for a Coffee & Conversation, please contact: Mike Fellows ( or Ed Miccio (

13 April – Brian DeToy

Brian retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel having served as Director of the Defense & Strategic Studies program at the United States Military Academy, West Point from 2007-13. In his post-military career, Brian and his wife, Sheryl, have built “Essential History Expeditions,” and led numerous groups to visit battlefields and tour historic cities, including tours to Gettysburg, Cuba, and the beaches of Normandy, in addition to numerous writing projects. Brian will give a special talk concerning the role of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) during the last year of WWI, to include the post war occupation of the East bank of Rhine and the Paris Peace Conference.

27 April – Jimmy Graham

Jimmy spent more than 15 years with the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E7). During that time, he earned Certifications as a Sniper, Joint Tactical Air Controller, Range Safety Officer and Master Training Specialist. He also served for 7 years as Protective Officer and Lead Instructor for the CIA’s Elite Global Response Staff (GRS), providing Protective Security Details for “High-Risk” and “Critical” areas overseas. Jimmy is the CEO of Able Shepherd, and the Director/Lead Instructor for the Active Shooter Response Training Center in Centennial, Colorado.

11 May – Jeff Davis

Jeff spent 28 years in the Marine Corps, retiring as the Chief of Staff for Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. He broke many glass ceilings in the USMC during his service, becoming the first non-aviator to be a Wing Battle Captain, an Aircraft Group Commander, and a Deputy Wing Commander in combat. Jeff commanded eight different organizations and deployed for six combat tours, including Desert Shield/Storm, Pakistan, three tours in Iraq, and Afghanistan.

25 May – Tracy Perry

Tracy is an Air Force veteran and past C&C speaker. He will give a special talk, titled “A Heroic Sailor’s Tale” – the story of his uncle, a WW II sailor, his ship, his capture and ultimate death in a Japanese POW camp near Osaka, Japan. His ashes were not sent to his mother until his younger brother went to Japan and found the urn.

8 June – Julie Miller

Julie will provide an introduction to geneology research with a focus on researching family military service. She holds Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Speaker credentials and is a fellow of the National Genealogical Society. Julie is a founding member of the Broomfield Genealogy Society, was the genealogy columnist for the Broomfield Enterprise from 2001–2010, and has been a volunteer at the National Archives at Denver for twenty-one years.

22 June – Flint Whitlock

Flint is an award-winning author and military historian and frequent C&C speaker. He is a former US Army officer who served on active duty from 1965 to 1970, including a tour in Vietnam. His books include Soldiers on Skis, The Rock of Anzio, and The Fighting First, among others. He is Editor-in-Chief of Military History Quarterly and a regular contributor to World War II and WW II History magazines. Flint will talk about his book, The Depths of Courage, American Submariners at War with Japan, 1941-1945.