Air Force Association

General  Charles A. Gabriel Chapter, Number 433


Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
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Old Bust Head Brewing Company 
7134 Farm Station Road
Warrenton, VA 20187

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Mike Winters 
AFA Gabriel Chapter #433 

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Gabriel Chapter #433

Cold War Museum Presentation

Former CIA Senior Intelligence Service Official
Mr. Aris Pappas

"Spying to Save His Country: How & Why Colonel Ryszard Kuklinkski Risked His Life & Became the Most Important Warsaw Pact Spy for the West"

& Cold War Museum Tour 

February 10, 2019

The AFA Gabriel Chapter wants to let you know about a presentation at our AFA Community Partner, the Cold War Museum.  The speaker is Mr. Aris Pappas, a former CIA Senior Intelligence Service official.

Polish Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski was one of the Cold War's most prolific and important agents.  Over a ten-year period, he provided the US with tens of thousands of classfied Soviet and Warsaw Pact documents.  This talk will address the course of the Colonel's efforts, describing his motivation and his contribution to US and NATO understanding of Soviet plans for war in Central Europe.  This highly pirncipled man eventualy came to the US where he was made an American citizen by the Director of Central Intelligence, an authority that had not been used until this case.  He continued to comment on Poland's efforts to break out from under Soveit control and was posthumously promoted to General by a grateful and free Polish government.  This is a truly inspiring story of personal risk and sacrifice.

Aris Pappas retired from the CIA in 2003 as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service.  His CIA work centered on analysis of the Soviet military.  He was the Assistant National Intelligence Officer for General Purpose Forces during the first Gulf War providing daily briefings to the entire membership of Congress.  He later became Chief of the CIA Soviet Theater Forces Division.  In addition to his analytic assignments, Mr. Pappas served on rotation to the FBI, attended the Centennial Class of the US Navy War College, played a key role in Continuity of Goverment operations post-9/11, and worked closely with one of the CIA's most highly regarded human sources.  He served on the DNI's Intelligence Community Strategic Studies Group, and taught a post-graduate course on "Intelligence and War" at Johns Hopkins University.  He is currently a docent at the National Air & Space Museum.  For more of his biography, see the link below.

There is an excellent book about Colonel Kuklinski called Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country.  Also a movie called Jack Strong.

To REGISTER for this event: To Register -- Spying to Save His Country  

The museum has requested that AFA members SIGN UP for tickets IN ADVANCE, so that the museum can plan for the number of attendees with Old Bust Head. 

The timeline is:

* 1230-1300 - Participants arrive; they may get their beer or other drink at this time.

* 1300-1310 - Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum and Aris Pappas.

* 1310 -1415 - Aris presents on Col Kuklinski and his importance to Western intelligence and military communiites.

 * 1415-1500 - Q&A opportunity for the audience.   

* 1500-1515 - Audience members may claim their beer or other drink at this time or buy additional drinks.

* 1515-1615 - The Museum (next door) will be open for event participants, with staff providing a tour for those interested. 

The cost is $25, including the presentation; a $7 coupon toward a craft beer draft, Kombucha, or other drink; a $10 contribution to the Cold War Museum; and special access to the Museum (next door) for the events participants following the presentation.  Tickets at the door, if available, will be $35.  

For the kids, the appropriate drinks will be available.
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