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 events are being rescheduled due to COVID-19.

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 Digital Guide

Upcoming Presentations

If you or someone you know is interested in presenting for a Coffee & Conversation, please contact Mike Fellows (michaelfellows1@msn.com).

22 February – Alaina Bealauria

Alaina followed her mother in the U.S. Army as a medic and nurse. She enlisted as an Army Reserve Medic in the same year that her mother retired after 24 years of service. Alaina had her basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and her medical training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She was then assigned to the 396th Combat Support Hospital in Washington state, from which she spent her summers serving in hospitals across the U.S. and overseas. She later served with the 415th Infantry as a reserve drill sergeant.

14 March – Khristie Barker

Khristie is a public affairs person from the VA Hospital in Denver and will give an overview of the new hospital, its services, and local VA clinics connected with the hospital.

28 March – Michael Proctor

Michael served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service from 1985 to 1991, obtaining the rank of Machinist Mate 1st Class (E-6). He will share his experiences of serving on the nuclear attack submarine USS Cincinnati (SSN-693).

11 April – Tom Duhs

Tom served 31 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as a Colonel. He will share the story of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. The unique nature of the division – its recruitment, training, employment, and work after World War II – is the fascinating story of “the ski troops.” Tom’s combat service was in Baghdad, Iraq from 2004 to 2005. His cold-weather and high-altitude experience came from that tour and from five multi-nation NATO deployments to Norway, and it fueled his insights into story of the 10th Mountain Division.

25 April – Greg Goettsch

Greg is a U.S. Navy veteran who served three tours from 1968 to 1972 on a destroyer off North Vietnam. His post-service history includes being active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organization at the Post, District, State, and National levels. In January 2017, Greg started “Qualified Listeners,” a 501(c)3 non-profit clearing house that provides a variety of services to veterans and their families. He will share both his Navy experiences and the important work of his support group.

9 May – Flint Whitlock 

Flint will present a special talk commemorating the 75th Anniversary of  the end of World War II in Europe.  Flint is an award-winning author and military historian and frequent C&C speaker. He is a former U.S. 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 of WWII Quarterly magazine and a regular contributor to World War II and WWII History magazines.

23 May – Jim Widlar

Jim served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-1964.  With the rank of Airman First Class, Jim was assigned to the Strategic Air Command’s 706th Strategic Missile Wing (ICBM-Atlas) at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base (AFB), Wyoming. He was an Atlas-D Missile Mechanic assigned to a launch maintenance crew with the 389th Missile Maintenance Squadron.  He is a founding member of the Association of Air Force Missileers and has been a volunteer at the F.E. Warren AFB Heritage Museum, where he served nearly 50 years ago.

13 June – Tim Hutchinson

Tim is the Broomfield Veteran Service Officer and will be providing a quarterly update to the VA claims process, the new appeals program, the recent Blue Water Navy Act, as well as expanded benefits for service-connected disabled veterans.  Tim is a Navy veteran, having served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway, attached to the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet,  from July 1984 to April 1988.