Coffee and Conversation with Gary KlingJoin us from 9-11am 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 ( or Ed Miccio (

August 11 – Colonel Gary “Static” Kling, Retired

Gary graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering Technology from Arizona State University. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1987 and designated a Naval Aviator in the spring of 1990. From 1998 to 2004 he served with VMFA-134, Marine Aircraft Group 11, and VMFA-314 aboard the USS Carl Vinson. Reassigned for duty with 1st Marine Division in April of 2004, then LtCol Kling was the Division Air Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

Col Kling is a graduate of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), and holds a Masters in National Security Strategy and Policy from the U.S. National War College where he was a distinguished graduate. Col Kling retired from the Marine Corps after a 30-year career, in September of 2016.

25 August – Specialist 5th Class Bill Simpson

Bill is a Vietnam Army Veteran who was born in Pueblo Colorado in 1948. He graduated from Englewood High School in 1966, and shortly afterward enlisted in the Army in 1967. Bill served in Vietnam for 18 months between 1968 and 1969. While in country he was assigned to the 1st of the 9th Air Cavalry Division as Huey Helicopter Crew Chief and Gunner.

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 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We are also open by appointment during the week, for group tours by calling 303-460-6801.