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Newsletter May 2019

Carol Nelson, Treasurer                                             IronGateAFA.Org                                   Tom McCarthy, Secretary

Happily Iron Gate is once again ensconced back at 21 Club where we are enjoying the gracious and historical hospitality offered by the setting and staff there. Our April 2019 meeting was a successful gathering of members, guests and speaker. In the business portion of our April 18th luncheon, President Tony Cipriano recognized honored guests, reminded us of our roots, remembered those who are no longer with us and introduced our guest speaker, Melvin Deaile (more about him to follow).  Tom McCarthy handed out what is termed “90 Second Introduction” of Iron Gate.  The intent of the “90 Second” document is to describe the benefits to membership in Iron Gate.  As we have reported previously Iron Gate needs new members and this is intended to act as a guide to a conversation you can have with a potential member.

In short, the benefits to Iron Gate membership are:

  • Outstanding luncheon speakers talking on key issues or on history of Air Force, NASA
  • Outstanding networking opportunities with key business and military leaders
  • Better understanding of the role you can play in having a positive impact on issues related to the US Air Force

Our guest speaker, Melvin Deaile Associate Professor at Air Command and Staff College, PhD in American History from University of North Carolina and Retired Air Force Colonel as his background gave a presentation on Curtis LeMay and of his impact on Air Force culture via his time running Strategic Air Command (SAC). Melvin presented via video, slides and his talk track doing a deep dive into the history of the Air Force, via its genesis as Army Air Corp and then its emergence as a key armed force organization with its roots in technology and then of the important role SAC played.  His focus was on the role General Curtis LeMay had in all of those events.  Melvin’s presentation style was both entertaining and informative.  He expounded on the role “culture” plays in (any) organizations and of how LeMay defined a robust culture within SAC that created a worldwide environment of peace through strength.  Melvin’s book Always At War ought to be on your “must read” list if you have an interest in the history of SAC or if you are interested in how corporate or military cultures are defined and established.


Mark your calendar for September 19, 2019 for our next luncheon and bring a new guest!


Tom McCarthy – Vice President