Schedule

We are planning exciting activities, tours, entertainment and presenters for the 39th 2024 reunion.
Stay tuned for updated information!

REUNION PRESENTORS:

AUTHOR – KEITH WALTON
We are excited to have Keith Walton, presenter and author of The Last Full Measure: From America’s Heartland to the Battle fields of Vietnam – Remembering the Fallen from One Nebraska Town. His book tells the stories of nine servicemen from Norfolk who died in the Vietnam War. You will not want to miss Keith’s presentation!

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICAN AGENT ORANGE – SANDRA WILSON, LTC
Sandra Wilson, LTC (retired) from the Army Nurse Corps and served in Vietnam from June 1968 through June 1969. She holds government appointments with the Michigan Agent Orange Commission and Michigan Veterans Trust Fund, and also serves as Chair of the Vietnam Veterans of American Agent Orange (toxic exposure committee). Sandra will be presenting about military toxic exposure, what has been achieved and what veterans need to do to help achieve their goals. Benefit officers will be available to assist in filing claims for VV services.

LANCASTER COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE BENEFITS – Mark Lakamp
Mark Lakamp has served as the Director of Lancaster County Veterans Services and County Veterans Service Officer since August 2022. He is an accredited Veterans Service Officer through the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans. He also serves as the Junior Vice Chair of the Nebraska Veterans Council. Mark served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy from 1992 to 2022. During this time he served on a variety of cruisers, destroyers, and frigates as well as various staffs afloat and ashore. He had the honor of commanding USS McCLUSKY (FFG 41), Naval Station Everett, and the University of Nebraska Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps. His education includes a Bachelors degree in political science from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Strategic Planning from the Naval Post Graduate School. He and his wife Faith have four children and reside near Denton Nebraska.

THE MONGOL DERBY – Tim Finley
Over the course of 25 years, Tim Finley discovered a talent for winning wars, often times when the war was, by all accounts lost. Inexperienced, unqualified, and so clueless it would funny if it weren’t war, Tim was asked to win one un-winnable war after the next… including the one against himself.


In 2014/2015 Captain Finley commanded TACP element CJTF-North, Erbil Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve—the fight against ISIS—an experience that would forever alter his trajectory. Tim is an award-winning speaker, podcaster, and writer and the recipient of the prestigious Intelligence Service Medal. Tim enjoys long vegetative hours on the couch with his wife and teaching his daughter the value of wearing a helmet.

OMAHA NATIONAL CEMETERY – Patrick Norris
Patrick E. Norris Jr. was formally a Police Officer with the Council Bluffs Iowa Police Department for 21 years, retired as a Sergeant. Patrick then came to the National Cemetery Administration with the Omaha National Cemetery as a Cemetery Administrative Specialist in October of 2021. In February of 2023 Patrick was promoted to the position of Administrative Officer for both the Omaha National Cemetery and the Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Patrick is married to Rebecca who also is a VA employee and works with VHA as a position manager for the pacific district. Patrick is a father of three boys and one girl. One of his sons currently serves an equipment operator for the Omaha National Cemetery. Patrick’s goal is to honor Veterans like his father who served during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army and his grandfather who served in World War II in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific theatre.

The Green Beret Affair: Vietnam’s Unsung Story of Justice and Deception – John Barry
In the late 1960s, the Vietnam War was in full swing. But amidst the well-documented battles and political plays, “Those Gallant Men: On Trial in Vietnam” delves deep into the case’s intricacies. Captain John Barry was one of the members of the esteemed Green Berets who were accused of a grave crime: the murder of a double agent in Cambodia. Known as the Green Beret Affair, it serves as a stark reminder of the multi-faceted nature of war. It’s not just about the battles fought on the frontlines but also the battles for justice, truth, and honor behind the scenes. Captain Barry’s relentless pursuit of justice during the Vietnam War unveils a story that deserves its place in the annals of history.

AGING PARTNERS – Jean Holt (Friday)
Jean Holt has been with Aging Partners since 1991. She spent the first 30 years of her career serving as a Care Manager, meeting with older Lancaster County residents in their homes to conduct comprehensive assessments and establish long term care plans for thousands of people. Her work included care coordination with the Veterans Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, lawyers, insurance agents, home care providers, physicians and all other entities that serve older adults and their families.
Holt is now the Director of Personal and Family Services at Aging Partners. She supervises Care Managers in the eight-county service area, in addition to Benefits Counseling, First Service, ADRC and a Legal Service Contract. Hold holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner.

AGING PARTNERS – Randall Jones (Saturday)
Randall Jones is a Lincoln native. He received his BA from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Sociology/Anthropology. He is retired from the American Red Cross where he started his career at USMC Camp LeJeune, NC in Service to Armed Forces. .He later managed Red Cross Chapters in three Midwest communities and finished his career with the American National Red Cross where he helped lead a reorganization of their Health & Safety programming across the country. Randy is currently the Director of the Dept of Aging for the City of Lincoln, also known as Aging Partners. Aging Partners provides support services such as Home and Community Based Services, Medicaid Waiver and Nutrition programming to help support older people live independently in the manner they choose. His latest project was completion of the renovation of the old Veterans Administration Hospital Clinic, where Aging Partners is currently located. He is now leading the Age-Friendly Lincoln initiative under Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird.

Nebraska State Penitentiary Veterans Club – Jaime Obrecht/Roy Schoen
The Nebraska State Pen Veterans Club is a long standing “self-improvement” club for incarcerated veterans. It has been involved in numerous activities since its inception. An early activity was researching the history of veterans buried on Grasshopper Hill and obtaining VA markers for those they were able to identify. Other activities include an annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day symposium. They make poppies for the American Legion Auxiliary and have crocheted items for the Nebraska Veterans Homes residents.
See Jaime’s and Roy’s biographies elsewhere in the program book.


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Thursday, August 8
After opening ceremonies will be “Amerikids” Lincoln Christian School youth choir. Followed by LUG Nuts, Ukulele Band.
Opening ceremonies guest speaker will be Major General Strong,
Also presenting will be John Stevens Barry.


Major General CRAIG W. STRONG
The Adjutant General, Nebraska National Guard
Director, Nebraska Military Department
Director, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

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Friday, August 9
Sandhills Global bus trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Sign up will be at the registration table. First come, first served until the bus is full. One trip in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Ground Zero (entertainment)

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Saturday, August 10
Taxi Driver (entertainment)