The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by Dave Bena and Ray Burns on "THE A-6A INTRUDER AND THE AIR WAR IN THE VIETNAM WAR."

The Vietnam War, a war that touched millions of Americans, is the casing for David Bena's and Ray Burns’s presentation on the A-6A Intruder and the Air War in the Vietnam War. They will speak from the mindset of those serving in the armed forces during the late 1960s. Their topic will include political considerations regarding the bombing of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and detailed descriptions of the bombing campaigns in North Vietnam, Laos, and South Vietnam, including an account of their lives and thoughts as bombardier/navigators making nightly air strikes in hostile territory.

The Rt. Rev. David Bena is a retired Anglican bishop presently serving as the senior pastor of Immanuel Anglican Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. Upon completion of his bachelor's degree in 1965, Bena was commissioned a lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He received Naval Flight Officer wings and served as a bombardier/navigator aboard the A-6A Intruder aircraft, during which time he spent a tour in Vietnam conducting air strikes in North Vietnam, Laos, and South Vietnam. Following his service in the Marine Corps, he attended Virginia Theological Seminary and became an Air Force chaplain. He retired from active military service in 1992. His subsequent work was as a parish pastor, followed by service in several jurisdictions as a bishop.

His education includes a Bachelor's in History/Education from Stetson University, a Master in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, a Doctor in Ministry from Graduate Theological Foundation, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College. The bishop is from Schuylerville, New York; he is married with three children and six grandchildren.

Colonel Raymond M. “Bones” Burns, USMC Retired, has extensive service in the defense of our nation.  After graduation from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1965, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.  Flight School followed and he was awarded Naval Flight Officer wings.  During his flying years, the colonel served as a bombardier/navigator in a number of A-6A Intruder squadrons, flying 215 missions in the Vietnam theatre of operations, including 105 over North Vietnam.  Colonel Burns commanded several squadrons, including Marine Air Base Squadron 12 and Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 14, before becoming Commanding Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 12 in Iwakuni, Japan.  He finished his career as Chief of Staff of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, retiring in 1992.  

The colonel’s education beyond the bachelors level includes a masters in residence at the Naval Post Graduate School, graduation from the Marine Command and Staff College in residence, and graduate level work at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.  Following a distinguished career in the Marine Corps, he was employed by GEC Marconi Avionics.  Colonel Burns is married to the former Rae Feathers of Hattiesburg, MS.  They have two grown children and three grandchildren, and reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

This is the 29th in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, featuring eyewitnesses to, and other experts on, 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 and Time: Sunday, December 8th 2019, 2:00 PM. (Arrival at the brewery: 1:30-2:00 PM)

(NOTE: FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PRESENTATION BUT CANNOT ATTEND BECAUSE THEY ARE AT A DISTANCE, HAVE A CONFLICT, ETC., THEY MAY BUY A TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE LIKE ATTENDEES, THEN ACCESS THE EVENT VIDEO ONLINE AFTER THE EVENT VIA A LINK THAT CWM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JASON HALL WILL SEND THEM. TO ARRANGE, EMAIL JASON AT JASON@COLDWAR.ORG.)

Cost: $35, including the presentation; a $7 coupon 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) for event participants following the presentation.  TICKETS AT THE DOOR, IF AVAILABLE, WILL COST $45.

Location: Old Bust Head Brewing Company, 7134 Farm Station Road, Vint Hill, VA 20187, https://www.oldbusthead.com/, and the Cold War Museum, 7142 Lineweaver Road, Vint Hill, VA 20187, www.coldwar.org  (VINT HILL IS IN THE METROPOLITAN DC AREA).

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE, CLICK HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stopping-the-flow-on-the-ho-chi-minh-trail-tickets-72645289015 

Schedules

  • Occurred Sunday, December 8th, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Venue

Cold War Museum

7142 Lineweaver Road
Vint Hill, VA

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