This fraternity is comprised of a unique group of remarkable individuals who have pioneered, excelled and contributed to the world of aviation. Our events introduce young people to the noteworthy achievements of our distinguished members and presenters. We host prominent speakers who present historical and contemporary topics relating to military exploits, aerospace, flight test and general aviation.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
This is the untold crucial account of World War II most daring & secretive rescue behind enemy lines including the riveting escape full of suspense and political stratagem!
Air Force Attache' for the U.S. Embassy Subject:" The Halyard Mission"
PRANJANI, Serbia — Air Force Attache' for the U.S. embassy in Serbia Lt. Col. John Cappello, soldiers of the 1194th Engineer Company, and Marine Security Guards from the U.S. embassy attend the 65th anniversary of the Halyard Mission here Aug. 15 in honor of the Serbian people who saved the lives of over 500 U.S. Airmen and Allies during World War II. Photo: Sgt.Sean Mathis. DOD
Dear Members and Guests,
On May the 26th, we are privileged to have as our speaker Lt. Col. John Cappello, Air Force Attache (AIRA), U.S. Embassy. Our distinguished speaker will present the untold compelling and riveting account of the greatest daring operation of World War II.
This true story will keep you on the edge of your seat by the suspense: escaping from exploding airplanes, landing into hostile terrain, being caught in the midst of political intrigue and espionage, trapped and facing uncertain future!
The Chetnik Commander Draza Mihailovich was disposed to uphold an Allied friendly relationship and his army aided in the transport of the injured aviators and air crews, while the local Serbs displayed heroism in providing shelter, food and protection to the airmen. Creating and building an airstrip for the evacuation with simple courage, farm tools, and bare hands, for the C-47s was another wondrous achievement...
The Lieutenant Colonel has also served as an associate professor of political science at the United States Air Force Academy. He has been published in a number of professional journals and was corecipient of the Institute of National Security Studies Linhart Award for best research effort in 1998. Lieutenant Colonel Cappello returned to fly the B1 with the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, in 1999, and later served as the operations officer for the Military Liaison Team in Kiev, Ukraine. Prior to becoming an attaché, he was a political military officer at Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, working extensively on European Command policies in the Balkans. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Defense and Air Attaché to Serbia and then as Air Attaché to Israel from August 2010 to December 2013. Lieutenant Colonel Cappello retired from active duty on 1 January 2014.
The Great Escape: For U.S. airmen trapped in Yugoslavia during World War II, building a secret airstrip was their only way out
Operation Halyard was managed by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services’ Nick Lalich (front row, third from left) and radio operator Arthur Jibilian (back row, second from left). (Courtesy Debi Jibilian)
The Silver Wings Fraternity is comprised of a wonderful group of remarkable individuals who have pioneered, excelled and contributed to the world of aviation. We encourage members to bring friends, guests, and introduce young people to the noteworthy exploits and achievements of our distinguished members and speakers. In the past we have hosted prominent speakers who presented contemporary and historical topics relating to aviation, space, and a variety of military accomplishments.
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