Monthly Dinner Special Guest Speaker
Feb 4th, 2015
US Army Viet Nam Vet
No Host Bar Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Starts at 7:00 p.m.
John and his wife Margie have lived in Templeton since 1992, where they raised their family. Their daughter Brittany is a mother of two children and lives with her husband in Templeton. Their son, Jared, is currently serving in the US Army Special Forces. John transferred from the Santa Clara Police Department in 1990 and joined the Atascadero Police Department. A graduate of CSU Sacramento and the FBI National Academy, John retired as the Chief of Police in 2007.
He has served as a board member for the Salvation Army, the North County Women's Shelter and Resource Center, Atascadero Veteran's Memorial Foundation and until his term expired as a board member of the Estrella Warbirds Museum.. John is an avid sailor and enjoys various outdoor activities, traveling with Margie, and spending time with his grandkids. He is also a member of Lifewater International, a Christian faith based organization dedicated to teaching hygiene and providing safe drinking water to third world countries. His primary role is training volunteers in water well drilling. John also works as a valve mechanic and skills evaluator for PGE during refueling outages at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant.
He grew up in North Dakota and left shortly after graduating high school to join the Army. Soon after being trained as an airframe repairman, he was deployed to Vietnam where he served in two units. Initially he was assigned to the 221st Aviation Company where he helped maintain O1 Birddog forward air control aircraft. He was soon transferred to the 114th Assault Helicopter Company where he served as a helicopter door gunner/crew chief in the Mekong Delta in 1971-1972. Upon returning from Vietnam he trained as a military policeman. After his discharge he attended CSU Sacramento and earned a degree in Criminal Justice Administration and began his law enforcement career in Santa Clara. He has served various roles in law enforcement including motorcycle policeman, SWAT team member, firearms instructor, detective and Chief of Police in Atascadero.
John has been a sport parachutist and flier of hang gliders but never became a pilot, choosing instead, to take up sailing as a hobby. His presentation will be a snapshot of one person's tour in Vietnam from the perspective of mechanic and door gunner.
You can find much more about John here.
View pictures from January dinner click here.
Dinner is catered and open to the public ($17/person), reservations are required prior to 6 p.m., Monday prior to dinner, either On-line HERE or call 805 296-1935
Look! It's a flying gnat!
During the latter part of November, a strange long box was delivered to Estrella Warbirds Museum which piqued the interest of the restoration crew. Little did they know that we had been selected to receive a very rare piece of history, a General Atomics GNAT 750. For all the information and more pictures, click here.
USAC (United States Auto Club) "Night of Champions" to be Hosted by The Woodland Auto Display
The 2014 United States Auto Club (USAC) Western Champions for USAC/CRA, West Coast Sprints, and Western Midgets will all be honored at the gala awards banquet hosted by the Woodland Auto Display in conjunction with the Estrella Warbirds Museum on Saturday February 7th, 2015.
What's all this mean? We're going to have a whole lot of VIP's in the USAC racing world coming to Paso Robles! You can find more information here.
Museum Docents Make it all Happen!
Estrella Warbirds Museum relies on an outstanding cast of volunteer docents to help run the museum, the gift shop, the automobile display.
It's a great place to make new friends and meet people from all over the world that stop by Paso Robles to visit the museum!
If you would like to volunteers a few hours each month, or week, let us know. We would love to meet you! Stop by the museum or find more information here.