The Washington, D.C., Department Convention will be held at the Bolling Air Force Base Officer’s Club. The luncheon on Saturday, June 4, will begin at 11 a.m.
Gen. Lester L. Lyles (USAF-retired) will be the guest speaker at the luncheon. A Native Washingtonian and graduate of McKinley Technical High School (1963), he participated in the Cadets (JROTC) program, becoming the highest-ranking cadet officer (LTC) in his senior year. Lyles entered the Air Force in 1968 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Howard University.
His varied military assignments include: Special Assistant and Aide-De-Camp to the Commander of Air Force Systems Command; Chief Avionics Division in the F-16 Systems Program Office; and Program Director of the Medium-Launch Systems Officers during the recovery from the Challenger Space Shuttle accident (1997). He was promoted to the rank of general in 1999, assuming the position of Vice Chief of Staff at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, and subsequently as the Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Since his retirement in 2003,Lyles has served on the board of directors for several corporations, including General Dynamics. He has also served on advisory boards at the presidential Cabinet level: from 2009-2013 on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board at the White House; and from 2013 to the present on the International Security Advisory Board at the State Department. Currently, he chairs the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board for the National Academy of Engineers and is chairman of the board of directors of USAA.
We are inviting American Legion officers and members to join us at Bolling for the luncheon. Tables will seat 10 per. There will be a buffet lunch, with options of meat, chicken and fish with salads, sides and desserts. The cost of the luncheon is $45 per person. Payments are to be made with check, money order or cashier's check made payable to The American Legion Dept. of DC. To enter the base, you will need either military ID or to submit your name, date of birth and driver's license number to the department ahead of time. If you wish to attend, payments and information are due to be received by the Department of D.C. no later than May 20, 2016.
Calvin C. Tildon, Department Commander
The American Legion Dept. of D.C.
Phone: (202) 362-9151
2121 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20007