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.

Upcoming Presentations

If you or someone you know is interested in presenting for a Coffee & Conversation, please contact: Mike Fellows (michaelfellows1@msn.com) or Ed Miccio (ed.miccio@comcast.net).

9 February – Tom Fletcher

Tom joined the US Coast Guard in June 1965. He served with the Depoe Bay Life Boat Station and later the USCG Cutter Wachusett, stationed in Seattle, Washington. The Wachusett later deployed to Vietnam to provide gunfire support, smuggler interdiction and serve as mother ship for dozens of Navy Swift boats conducting river patrols.

23 February – John Olson

John was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps in 1977. John served in Okinawa with the 1st Bn/9th Marines and later went ashore in Beirut, Lebanon with the 2nd Bn/6th Marines as part of the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in Lebanon in February 1983. His unit was in Beirut when the US Embassy was destroyed by a car bomb on 18 April 1983. John will join us later in the summer to discuss his experiences as a State Department contractor during which he traveled to Afghanistan 10 times from 2007 through 2018 in liaison and train/assist roles.

9 March – Christopher Petty

Christopher graduated from West Point in 1987 and served in key command and staff positions throughout his career, both on active duty and in the National Guard. He served as a commander for a combined eleven years at the company, battalion, brigade, and joint/multi-national levels—a highlight of which was his command of the 2-135th Aviation Battalion during the “Surge” in Iraq. Christopher retired as a brigadier general and will give a special talk titled, “Timeless Lessons of War.”

23 March – Bill Bone

Bill joined the US Navy in March 1960 and applied to join the submarine service while in boot camp at San Diego. He conducted his qualification training in New London, CT and then served on the USS Spikefish and the USS Quillback. The Quillback was a WWII veteran diesel submarine, one of the last still in service, and frequently operated out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Bill will share what it was like to service on a diesel submarine during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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.

See our Renovated Space

While you are here at the museum, please take time to see how we have improved and updated our exhibits and displays, many using technology that has greatly enhanced the visitor’s museum experience.

Museum hours are Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are also open by appointment during the week for group tours by calling 303-460-6801.