The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by expert on the Soviet military and former Air Force Attaché Bruce Slawter. 

In August 1991, the USSR came close to becoming hardline Communist once again when members of the Soviet government attempted to wrest control from Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The failed coup had the effect of destabilizing the Soviet Union and contributed to the dissolution of the USSR.

Col. Bruce Slawter (USAF ret.) served twice as a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and personally witnessed key coup events while on official business as the Air Staff’s Chief of the Russia and East Europe Branch. He’ll discuss what he saw and heard, and what he thought about those events at the time and subsequently.

Bruce is a Russian-speaking Vietnam combat pilot who is also a nuclear weapons expert, serving later as Director of the Office of Nuclear Warhead Protection for the U. S. Department of Energy, helping the Russians secure 84 of their highly sensitive facilities against possible terrorist attack. He has a total of 25 years of experience living or traveling in Russia and working first-hand with the Russian military. He was also Director of Soviet & European Studies at the Air Command and Staff College.

This is the twenty-fourth in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, featuring expert eyewitnesses to significant Cold War events and activities.   Presentations occur at the Brewery, followed by special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants.

Date:         Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Time:         2 p.m. (Arrival: 1:30-2:00PM.) PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A NEW STARTING TIME FOR THESE EVENTS.

Cost:         $35, including the presentation; a $7 credit toward a craft beer draft, Kombucha, or other drink; a $20 contribution to the Cold War Museum, and special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants following the presentation. TICKETS AT THE DOOR, IF STILL AVAILABLE, WILL COST $45.

Location: Old Bust Head Brewing Company, 7134 Farm Station Road, and the Cold War Museum, 7142 Lineweaver Rd, Vint Hill, VA 20187.




  • Occurred Sunday, July 14th, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Cold War Museum

7142 Lineweaver Road
Vint Hill, VA

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