Distinguished Airmen Speak at UH AFROTC Event

Three distinguished U.S. Air Force Airmen - including a former prisoner of war and a witness to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki - will share their experiences when the Air Force ROTC Program at the University of Houston hosts its first guest panel discussion for the spring 2008 semester. The event takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 6 in Garrison Hall, Room 116.

The goal of the panel discussion is to give students an opportunity to learn about veterans' experiences in past U.S. wars and provide Detachment 003 cadets an opportunity to expand their leadership and critical thinking skills and further their development as future Air Force officers. Panelists are:

Retired Lt. Col. Kemp Martin served in a range of conflicts from World War II, Korea, Indochina and the Strategic Air Command. Martin was captured by Germans during World War II and sent to an Italian POW camp, where he later escaped and returned to duty.

Retired Col R. H. "Bob" Kjar joined the Air Force at its founding in 1947 and currently serves as president of the San Jacinto Chapter of the Air Force Association.

1st Lt. Richard "Rip" Collins flew 92 missions during World War II, attacking the Japanese in New Guinea, Netherlands, Indies, the Philippines, and finally was stationed at Okinawa, Japan. Flying a P-51 Mustang, he was a witness to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

WHAT: Veterans' Experience Panel Discussion
WHEN: 4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6
WHERE: Garrison Gym Rm. 116
3855 Holman St.
Houston, TX 77004
WHO: UH AFROTC Detachment 003
3855 Holman St
Houston, TX 77004