WARD CONNERLY is founder and President of the American Civil Rights Institute – a national, not-for-profit organization aimed at educating the public about the need to move beyond race and, specifically, racial and gender preferences. Mr. Connerly has gained national attention as an outspoken advocate of equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, sex, or ethnic background. Mr. Connerly is author of Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences and his new release, Lessons from My Uncle James: Beyond Skin Color to the Content of Our Character. As a member of the University of California Board of Regents, appointed to a 12-year term in March 1993, Mr. Connerly focused the attention of the nation on the University's race-based system of preferences in its admissions policy. On July 20, 1995, following Mr. Connerly's lead, a majority of the Regents voted to end the University's use of race as a means for admissions. In 1995, Mr. Connerly chaired the California Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209) campaign, to require equal treatment under the law for all residents in public education, public employment and public contracting. California voters passed Proposition 209, 55% to 45%, and Connerly led efforts for similar initiatives that were successful in the States of Washington, Michigan, Nebraska and Arizona. Mr. Connerly has been profiled on 60 Minutes and the cover of Parade magazine, and has been interviewed by most major newspapers and network news programs. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Connerly & Associates, Inc., and a lifetime member into the California Building Industry Hall of Fame. He has received many prestigious honors and recognitions, including the National Association of Scholars Sidney Hook Memorial Award, recognizing his defense of academic freedom, the American Conservative Union Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) the "Bradley Prize" from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation (2005), and the Black Students Association Award from the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga (2001).
DR. JAMES DOBSON is the Founder and President of Family Talk, a non-profit organization that produces his radio program, “Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson.” He is the author of more than 80 books dedicated to the preservation of the family, including The New Dare to Discipline; Love for a Lifetime; Life on the Edge; Love Must Be Tough; The New Strong-Willed Child; When God Doesn’t Make Sense; Bringing Up Boys; Bringing Up Girls; and, most recently, Head Over Heels. Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years in the divisions of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised three U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development, and holds 18 honorary doctoral degrees. Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley and they have two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and two grandchildren. The Dobsons reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
WILLIAM A. & PRUDENCE FIELDS have performed in musical theater, and at the 1984 and 1988 Republican National Conventions, as a bass-baritone and mezzo-soprano. Mr. Fields, who received his juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School, currently serves on bank and hospital boards in Marietta, Ohio. Previously, he had been Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section of the Ohio State Bar Association, a Board Member on Character and Fitness for the Supreme Court of Ohio, and a member of the editorial board of the Probate Law Journal of Ohio. As a professional actress, Prudence Fields has played leading roles in many musicals, and appeared in the original cast of Funny Girl. Prudence has been the county chairman in eight political campaigns, and is a long-time activist in Eagle Forum.
FRANK J. GAFFNEY. JR. is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gaffney is the host of Secure Freedom Radio, a nationally-syndicated radio program, and frequently appears on national and international television networks such as Fox News, CNN and the BBC. He is a weekly columnist for the Washington Times, TownHall.com, and Newsmax.com, and is a contributor to BigPeace.com, WorldNetDaily.com, and FrontPageMagazine.com. His op-ed articles have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, National Review, Newsday, American Legion Magazine, and Commentary. Mr. Gaffney also is the publisher and associate author of Sharia: The Threat to America (CSP Press, 2010). As Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy in 1987, Gaffney dealt with nuclear forces, arms control and U.S.-European defense relations. He chaired the prestigious High Level Group, NATO’s senior politico-military committee, and represented the Secretary of Defense in key U.S.-Soviet negotiations. He had previously served as a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Mr. Gaffney holds an M.A. degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and earned his B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
COLIN A. HANNA is President of Let Freedom Ring, a public policy non-profit organization committed to promoting Constitutional government, free enterprise and traditional values. Mr. Hanna founded Let Freedom Ring to concentrate on important matters that affect the core of our society, such as the family, marriage, the economy, energy, abortion, health care and foreign policy. Through seminars, workshops, ad campaigns, video productions, leadership and grassroots training and educational materials, Let Freedom Ring strives to motivate, activate and educate those who are interested in keeping America the great nation it has always been. As an influential leader in public policy matters, Mr. Hanna led the Cut, Cap and Balance coalition that offered a genuine solution to the 2011 debt ceiling crisis. Hanna is a former Chester County, Pennsylvania Commissioner (1995-2003); CBS Radio and Television executive; and small business owner. He has appeared on many major network programs, including MSNBC’s Hardball, and Fox News' Hannity and Special Report, among others, and he has been interviewed by the New York Times, the Washington Times, Politico, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mr. Hanna is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and the father of two. He lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania with his wife of 45 years, Pricie.
DAVID HOROWITZ is founder and president of the Los Angeles-based David Horowitz Freedom Center, formerly the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, and Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Horowitz also founded the organization Students for Academic Freedom, an organization with the self-stated goal to combat leftist indoctrination in academia. A former leader of the New Left during the 1960's, Mr. Horowitz chronicled his journey rightward in the best-selling novels Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the Sixties and 1997's Radical Son. Author George Gilder lauded Horowitz as "the first great American autobiography of his generation." Honors received by Horowitz include the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Teach Freedom Award bestowed by former President Ronald Reagan.
ADMIRAL JEROME "JERRY" JOHNSON, USN (RET.) served as Vice-Chief of Naval Operations (1990-1992), and as commander of the U.S. Second Fleet, Joint Task Force 120, and NATO's Striking Fleet Atlantic (1988 to 1990). Commissioned and designated a Naval Aviator, he served on active duty for almost 38 years. At sea he commanded Attack Squadron Twenty-seven (VA-27), the combat stores ship USS San Jose, the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea, and Carrier Group Four. After his military career, Admiral Johnson served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Admiral Johnson is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Ca. and the Defense Intelligence College in Washington, DC. He was awarded a Doctor of Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College. Admiral Jerry Johnson has extensive experience in government service, defense related industries, financial services, and National Defense Security Programs. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and on the Boards of Advisors for the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs; and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.
GENERAL FREDERICK J. KROESEN, USA (RET.) is the former Commander in Chief, US Army Europe, and Commander, NATO Central Army Group. In his 40-year military career, General Kroesen commanded troops in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, including the 82nd Airborne Division, US VII Corps, Germany, and Forces Command at Fort McPherson, GA. He earned many decorations, including the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal. He also served as Vice Chief of Staff, US Army. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, and earned an M.A. in International Affairs at George Washington University. General Kroesen has served as Chairman of the Board at MPRI., Inc., and as a consultant specializing in national and international military affairs. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the United States Army.
HERBERT I. LONDON is President Emeritus of the Hudson Institute, having served as President from December 1997 to March 2011. He is a graduate of Columbia University, 1960, and the recipient of a Ph.D. from New York University, 1966. He is an affiliated professor at the University of Haifa in Israel and the recipient of honorary degrees from the University of Aix-Marseille, 1983, and Grove City College, 1993. He has been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities, is the former chairman of the National Association of Scholars, and the former John M. Olin Professor of Humanities at New York University. In 1972 London created the Gallatin School of Individualized Study to promote the study of "great books" and classic texts, and was the school's dean until 1992. In the early 1990s Dr. London ran as a Republican or Conservative Party candidate for Governor of New York, Mayor of New York City, and State Comptroller. Dr. London has received many awards and honors, including the Martin Luther King Award from the Congress of Racial Equality for Citizenship Achievement, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the American Jewish Congress Award, and the Liberty and Media Award. Dr. London's numerous articles have appeared in every major newspaper and journal in the country, including Commentary, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, and The New Criterion. He is the author and editor of twenty-two books, two plays, and a 47-part CBS series.
LT. COL. ROBERT MAGINNIS, USA (RET.) graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1973 after which he earned his Ranger tab and then spent a year in South Korea as a 2nd Infantry Division platoon leader. Subsequently he held various command and staff positions with the First, Eighth and Sixth Infantry Divisions. He served at the U.S. Army Infantry School as the chief for ethics and leadership, and as an investigator and instructor with the Department of the Army Inspector General. He retired from the Army in 1993 after spending his final six months as a member of an Army Chief of Staff study group.
Col. Maginnis subsequently joined the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C, and became FRC’s vice president for policy, specializing in foreign affairs issues, illicit drug abuse and military readiness. During those years he spoke internationally, worked with the Congress on many social issues, made hundreds of media appearances, authored more than 500 articles and participated in numerous debates on college campuses and prestigious forums like the New York Bar Association. Working with key officials in both the Clinton and Bush administrations, Maginnis has worked on United Nations issues such as counter terrorism, Sudan, drugs, human rights, and religious freedom. Col. Maginnis still serves as a senior fellow for FRC.
In 2002 Bob joined a Pentagon contracting firm, and was a member of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s retired military analyst group. His media work as a Fox News military analyst and frequent guest on other international networks took Col. Maginnis to various war zones. Col. Maginnis continues to write a weekly column for Human Events, which he began in 2007, on foreign affairs and national security issues. He also serves as the vice president for MESMO Inc., a Maryland-based small business that provides language, security cooperation, culture, and intelligence assessment services. He speaks at conferences mostly on national security issues but occasionally Christian topics. The views he expresses are his own.
LT. GEN. BENJAMIN "RANDY" MIXON, USA (RET.) is the former Commander of the U.S. Army Command in the Pacific, (2008-2010) and of the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks Hawaii, (2005-2008). From July 2006 to October 2007 he deployed the Division serving as the commander of Task Force Lightning and Multi-National Division North in Iraq. Lt. Gen. Mixon served as Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC (2002-2003), during which he was forward deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan where he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom as the Director of the Staff of the Combined Joint Task Force 180. Upon returning, he served as the Director of Operations, J3, U.S. Southern Command. Lt. Gen. Mixon's military schools include the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, and the United States Army War College. Lt. Gen. Mixon has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green and a Master's Degree in Military Art and Science, Theater Operations, from the United States Army School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, KS. His awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, and many more.
KATE WALSH O'BEIRNE is president of the National Review Institute and a former Washington editor of National Review. Before joining National Review in 1995, Ms. O'Beirne was vice president of government relations at the Heritage Foundation, while serving as a contributing editor for National Review. Previously, she was the Heritage Foundation's deputy director of domestic policy studies and deputy assistant secretary for legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services. As Heritage’s Deputy Director of Domestic Policy Studies, she supervised studies in the areas of health care, welfare, education, and housing. In 1992, she was appointed by President George Bush to the Presidential Commission on Women in the Armed Forces, which was charged to study the question of whether women should be assigned to direct combat positions. Mrs. O'Beirne was a regular on CNN's Capital Gang, appeared as a substitute host on CNN's Crossfire, and as a commentator on The Lehrer Newshour. She is married to a retired career infantry officer, and has lived on military installations in the U.S. and abroad. She received her J.D. degree from St. John's University Law School.
REAR ADMIRAL HUGH P. SCOTT, MC, USN (RET.): Admiral Scott is a former Navy medical officer, with extensive experience in clinical practice first as a general medical officer qualified in submarine and diving medicine, and later as a board certified ENT and head and neck surgeon. During his military career, he had served in numerous clinical assignments and operational medicine assignments, both afloat and ashore, as a Squadron and Group medical officer in support of the Submarine Force. As Director of Undersea Medicine and Radiation Health, he worked with the National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Toxicology, Commission of Life Sciences, National Research Council on the use and quality of submarine air, which resulted in the publication by the Committee of a report titled: Emergency and Continuous Exposure Limits for Selected Airborne Contaminants, in Submarines, which established and remains the current standard. Admiral Scott is an expert in medical physical standards, and has had significant experience in the performance of medical boards, and the medical disposition of cases for fitness for duty associated with regular duty and special operations. In addition to his clinical and operational assignments, Admiral Scott served in senior healthcare executive positions that included command tours of Naval hospitals; service as Fleet Surgeon, U.S. Pacific Fleet during the Persian Gulf War; duty as Assistant Chief Operational Medicine and Fleet Support, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; and as Director Medical Plans and Policy, Office of the Chief-of-Naval Operations.
Following his transition from the Navy, Dr. Scott has worked as a consultant in support of the development of the DoD/MHS electronic health record, and as a strategic marketing medical advisor in the private health sector. And, has been serving as a volunteer member of the Planning Committee, Department of Social Work, College of Health Science and Human Services, at George Mason University for the annual "Promising Practices for Healing Psychological Trauma of Service Members, Families, Veterans, and Community."
COLONEL NAHIDA C. SHERMAN, USAF (RET.) was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1968 upon completion of Officer Training School. In addition to being a 1969 Southeast Asia veteran, she served as an imagery interpreter, intelligence analyst and squadron section commander until she separated from active duty in 1973. In 1978, Colonel Sherman resumed military service in an active U.S. Air Force Reserve career until her retirement in 1992. She served in a variety of Reserve and active duty assignments with the Department of Defense as an Intelligence Analyst, Indications & Warnings Officer, Intelligence Reserve Detachment Commander and Mobilization Augmentee to the Office of the Air Force Chief of Staff, Intelligence.
LT. GEN. E. G. "BUCK" SHULER, JR., USAF (Ret.) served as Commander of the Strategic Air Command's Eighth Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, which was responsible for Strategic Air Command operations in the eastern half of the United States, Europe and the Middle East, and comprised about half of SAC's long-range force of manned bombers, tankers and intercontinental ballistic missiles. (1988-1991) The Eighth Air Force units contributed to the success of operations JUST CAUSE and DESERT SHIELD/STORM, under General Shuler’s leadership. Previously, Gen. Shuler commanded two non-tactical squadrons, two B-52 bombardment wings, and two SAC Air Divisions. He also served as the director of operations for SAC. The general is a command pilot with more than 7,600 flying hours, including 209 combat hours accrued during the Southeast Asia conflict. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, and many other awards. Following his retirement in 1991, General Shuler was CEO and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, located just West of Savannah, GA, and was responsible for planning, construction and the initial operation of the museum. He has also been active in church, civic, patriotic and Citadel related organizations.
CAPT. ROBERT E. STUMPF, USN (RET.) is a retired US Navy officer, now a commercial airline pilot. He was the commanding officer and flight leader of the world-famous Blue Angels from 1992-1994. Stumpf earned many decorations during the 1986 Libya campaign and the Persian Gulf War, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. As commander of Strike Fighter Squadron 83, he flew 22 missions over Iraq, including the first and last air strikes of the war. From 1993-96, he waged an active campaign to clear his name from unsubstantiated charges arising from the 1991 Tailhook Association Symposium. Stumpf retired from military service in 1996. Mr. Stumpf is a graduate of the Naval Academy (1974), the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and earned his M.S. in National Security Studies at Georgetown University.
LT. GEN. RICHARD G. TREFRY, USA (RET.), was the first recipient of an Army lifetime of service award bearing his name in March, 2009. Presented to him at the Pentagon by Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Trefry was hailed as the "conscience of the Army," and recognized for his ethos and lifetime of extraordinary service to the Army. Lieutenant General Richard G. Trefry served as the Inspector General of the U.S. Army for six years under three Chiefs of Staff and Secretaries of the Army. He retired from the U.S. Army after 33 years of active duty, and subsequently served in the White House as the Military Assistant to the President of the United States. Later he became Program Manager of the Army Force Management School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, a special school for generals and promotable officers. In 1995, General Trefry began serving on the Board of Directors of American Military University, and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Public University System as a member and committee chair. In addition, he currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the Institute for Land Warfare in the Association of the U.S. Army.
THE HONORABLE FAITH WHITTLESEY served two tours as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland during the Reagan Administration, from 1981-83 and 1985-86. She also served as a member of the Senior White House staff, heading the Office of Public Liaison from 1983-85. In October 2012, author Thomas J. Carly, Ph.D. released his book about Ambassador Whittlesey, titled Backwards in High Heels (after a popular quotation attributed to her). The book describes her life leading to her career as the highest-ranking woman in the Reagan White House staff from 1983-85. Mrs. Whittlesey has been Chairman and CEO of the American Swiss Foundation in New York, which honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to her by Justice Antonin Scalia in October 2012. Previously, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Special Assistant Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Department of Justice. She was elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature for two terms. Mrs. Whittlesey is a member of several corporate and charitable boards, including the Sunbeam Corporation, Valassis Communications, and Schindler USA. A Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude graduate of Wells College, she received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and is the recipient of three honorary doctorates.
WALTER E. WILLIAMS, Ph.D. has served on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, since 1980; and from 1995 to 2001, he served as department chairman. He has also served on the faculties of Los Angeles City College, California State University. Los Angeles, Temple University, Philadelphia, and Grove City College, PA. Dr. Williams is the author of over 150 articles that have appeared in scholarly journals and popular publications such as Newsweek, National Review, Cato Journal, and Policy Review. He has authored ten books on economics and social issues. He has made scores of radio and television appearances which include "Nightline," "Firing Line," "Face the Nation," "Lehrer NewsHour," and "Wall Street Week." He is also an occasional substitute host for the "Rush Limbaugh" show. In addition, Dr. Williams writes a nationally syndicated weekly column that is carried by approximately 140 newspapers and several web sites.
WILLIAM A. WOODRUFF is a Professor of Law at Campbell University School of Law in North Carolina. He is the former chief of the litigation division of the Army's Office of the Judge Advocate General, HQ, Department of the Army. Professor Woodruff was promoted to the rank of colonel just prior to his retirement from active service in 1992. His article "The DOD Homosexual Exclusion Policy: Illegal Discrimination or Legitimate Personnel Policy?" explores the legal foundations of the military's policy on homosexuality. Mr. Woodruff received his B.A. from the University of Alabama and graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina Law School.