Col. Galen Seal, USAF (Ret.)

Col. Galen Seal

Col. Galen Seal

Born in Topeka, Kansas in 1932. Attended Washburn University from 1950 to1953. Transferred to University of Colorado where he graduated with a BS in Business/Marketing and a commission in the USAF. Attended flight school and received his wings in 1955 and was assigned to Ashiya AFB, Japan where he served as a troop carrier pilot until 1957. He continued serving in the USAFR for a total of 23 years of service, retiring as a Colonel.

Col. Seal earned a Masters degree in Speech Communications (MS) from the University of Denver. He has owned and operated several businesses, including office furniture, office supplies and commercial printing. He and his late wife have five children, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Brigadier General Robert L. Cardenas, USAF (Ret.)

Brig. Gen. Robert Cardenas

Brig. Gen. Robert Cardenas

He began his military career in 1939 as an Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet. By 1944 he was a B-24 pilot with the 8th Air Force and was shot down on his 20th mission over Germany were he evaded capture and entered Switzerland only to make his way back into occupied France until D-Day.

By 1947, he was the Project Operations Officer and B-29 launch pilot on the Super Sonic project and in 1948 he was chief test pilot on the Northrop B-49 Flying Wing and Chief of Flight test operations at Muroc AB. Several notable assignments 1950-1973: National Nuclear War planner developing the NSTL target list, Deputy Commander 16th Air Force in Spain, negotiated with Moamar [Continue Reading]

LtCol. Benjamin Lawrence Williams, USMC (Ret.)

Born on April 26, 1944 in Atlanta Georgia. He received a BS degree in biological science from San Jose State and MA degree in business management from Webster University.

He served as a Park Ranger at Grand Canyon from whence he joined the USMC in 1966. Ben was commissioned a second lieutenant on April 1, 1968 and was directed to the Army Helicopter School. He received his Army wings in December, 1968 and was reassigned to MCAS (H) Santa Ana, CA, where he was designated a Naval Aviator. Ben was sent to Vietnam in June, 1969 where he flew 863 combat missions in the CH-46D Seaknight helicopter. He received 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 44 Air Medals for valor. Later Ben [Continue Reading]

Dr. Tom Splitgerber, Capt. USN (Ret.)

Tom assumed the position of County Veterans Service Officer May 23, 2003. Previously he was Chief Executive Officer of the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center located in Balboa Park, San Diego. He developed an on-going working relationship with the San Diego County Veterans Service Office, the VA Healthcare Systems San Diego, VA Regional Office San Diego and California Department of Veterans Affairs in Sacramento.

Dr. Splitgerber concurrently held the position of local exhibit manager of the World War II through Russian Eyes exhibit located in Balboa Park from February 1999 through July 1999. He spent 30 years as a practicing dentist in the United States Navy in which 15 years were devoted to directing innovative leadership in the health care and [Continue Reading]

Guy Stroscher

Born to an old California family from San Juan Capistrano, he grew up in Tustin, and moved to Laguna Beach with his family at the age of sixteen. He attended Iowa State University where he received Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees.

After graduating from Iowa State, he began a career in Aerospace and Defensein 1988, while also engaging in real estate transactions. He joined the Board of Directors in 2005, and served for five years. In 2010, he became a Director Emeritus when he left the board to attend law school in Massachusetts. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2013. Guy resides in Austin, Texas.