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Vid -Col. Mark Tillman: describes flying Pres. Bush 9/11 + to Baghdad -- goosebumps!
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Posted on 11/04/2010 2:46:13 PM PDT by STARWISE

Video - Col. Mark Tillman's talk

Col. Mark Tillman

• Commander of Air Force One (2001-2009)

• • Air Force One Pilot on September 11, 2001

• • Commander of 250 person crew

• Selected by the White House as the nation’s 12th Presidential pilot, Colonel (ret) Mark W. Tillman served President George W. Bush as pilot and commander of Air Force One from 2001-2009.

• As the leader of a large organization, his tenure was marked with excellence and an adherence to a Zero Fail philosophy.

• Col. Tillman commanded Air Force One through multiple national events. Most notably, he protected the President and his staff on the day of September 11, 2001 by escaping and evading many potential threats.

• Through careful planning and flawless decision-making, Col. Tillman and his crew provided two urgent needs for the President--complete safety and constant connection to the nation's first responders.

• President Bush's seemingly impromptu Thanksgiving visit to the United States military in Iraq was another highly regarded success of Col. Tillman and his crew. The challenge was unprecedented--transport the most targeted man in the world into the heart of terrorism.

• One mistake would have left the President open to attack and cost the lives of US service members.

• Col. Tillman personally orchestrated and executed the covert operation with flawless success. His planning, done in complete secrecy, allowed for a complete surprise to the entire world including the press.

• Col Tillman later brought President Bush into the war zone on three other occasions and defended against numerous threats during his tenure as Presidential Pilot.

• Each of these experiences have been declassified and serve as a centerpiece to Col. Tillman's keynote messages on leadership, teamwork and the Zero Fail policies.

• Col Tillman’s distinguished career spans 30 years in the United States Air Force. Utilizing his Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering (Tulane Univ ’79), he served as a Rocket Propulsion Engineer upon entering the service but was quickly selected to attend USAF pilot training.

• His flying experiences include time as a T-37 Instructor Pilot for undergraduate pilot training, C-130 transport pilot, VIP airlift as a pilot in the Gulfstream III and IV and Presidential pilot in the VC-25 or Boeing 747.

• He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 2004 and promoted to Brigadier General by the President of the United States—the first military line officer to receive this honor (not confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee).

• A thought-provoking and riveting story teller, Col. Tillman continues to mentor others as a consultant in the aerospace industry and flying as a corporate pilot.

• He approaches each opportunity with the same personal mantra, "Zero failure doesn’t just happen ... successful leaders make it happen."


TOPICS: Government; History; Military/Veterans; Travel
KEYWORDS: 911; baghdad; coltillman; presbush

Col. Mark Tillman

President Bush (center, bending) and others look out the windows of Air Force One as their fighter escort arrives. [Source: White House]

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Nat'l Geographic Special: video snippet - Bush's Secret Visit to Iraq

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WoW .. goosebumps! God bless Col Tillman and ALL those warriors who protected President Bush and us all that most surreal and horrible day. God bless and protect America! Pray for our leaders.

1 posted on 11/04/2010 2:46:18 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: 1Peter2:16; 2Trievers; 4integrity; 4mycountry; A_perfect_lady; Alberta's Child; Allegra; ...

... MUST SEE .. Ping!

Thank you, Kathy!

(please forgive any duplications ;)


2 posted on 11/04/2010 2:51:08 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

What I would give to be a fly on the wall during some of those flights.


3 posted on 11/04/2010 2:52:34 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: STARWISE

Thank you for posting this.


4 posted on 11/04/2010 3:06:21 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (New Day In America November 03, 2010)
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To: STARWISE

THANK you for finding and posting this incredible ‘behind the scenes’ video — Colonel Tillman and his former Commander in Chief are truly GREAT AMERICANS!!


5 posted on 11/04/2010 3:19:31 PM PDT by DrDeb
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To: Qwackertoo

Great speaker and great story.


6 posted on 11/04/2010 3:20:04 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: STARWISE

bump


7 posted on 11/04/2010 3:24:34 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: STARWISE

Is that the same as the godawful 'zero defects' policy that crippled the military in the 80s?

8 posted on 11/04/2010 3:28:12 PM PDT by Terabitten ("Don't retreat. RELOAD!!" -Sarah Palin)
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To: STARWISE
So much political bickering and negative reporting.

How nice to read an uplifting story.

Thank you.

9 posted on 11/04/2010 3:33:31 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Terabitten

Ummm ... sounds like you must not have watched the video,


10 posted on 11/04/2010 3:36:24 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

I know .. bet it was positively hair raising.


11 posted on 11/04/2010 3:37:14 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Qwackertoo; DrDeb

My pleasure .. unbelievable drama.


12 posted on 11/04/2010 3:37:54 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Thank you and bookmark for later


13 posted on 11/04/2010 3:47:06 PM PDT by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
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To: STARWISE

Awesome story.


14 posted on 11/04/2010 3:48:03 PM PDT by Excellence (Buy Progresso, take off the label, write "not halal," mail to Campbell's soup company.)
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To: STARWISE

Thanks for posting this. How I miss President Bush and Laura.


15 posted on 11/04/2010 3:50:36 PM PDT by TruthNtegrity (RIP Tony Snow. - praying for his family and friends.)
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To: STARWISE

Wow - can’t wait to see this again!


16 posted on 11/04/2010 4:06:57 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Step away from the toilet. Let the housing market flush.)
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To: STARWISE

I did advance team work for AF-1 when Col Tillman was the Presidential Pilot. He was the best boss I ever worked for. Nothing EVER ruffled his feathers. He was a genuinely nice guy and a very effective leader.


17 posted on 11/04/2010 4:08:16 PM PDT by jgilbert63
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To: STARWISE

Awesome! What an adventure!


18 posted on 11/04/2010 4:16:36 PM PDT by LUV W (Thank God)
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To: STARWISE

Thank you. Wonderful speaker, I would have liked to hear him talk for another hour. God bless you, Col. Tillman, for protecting our President.


19 posted on 11/04/2010 4:19:09 PM PDT by etabeta
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To: jgilbert63

WoW ! How blessed we and Pres. Bush were
that horrendous day that he was in command.
Your description sure fits all I’ve seen of
him.

Thank you, and God bless you for your service.


20 posted on 11/04/2010 4:20:06 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

” He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 2004 and promoted to Brigadier General by the President of the United States—the first military line officer to receive this honor (not confirmed by the Senate Armed Services Committee).”

I had forgotten that he was not confirmed by the Senate (made me angry at the time, though). I wonder if he could now be confirmed?


21 posted on 11/04/2010 4:21:07 PM PDT by Humal
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To: STARWISE

Very interesting video !


22 posted on 11/04/2010 4:23:42 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: STARWISE

In the near future we will probably hear of the courageous people that jumped in the line of falling coconuts to save Obama. (yes its sarcasm)

Hearing stories like this and seeing the bravado is heart warming to say the least, my stepdaughter wants to enlist in the Air Force and my son will be heading to one of the branches in a couple of years.


23 posted on 11/04/2010 4:24:31 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (If your enemy is quick to anger, seek to irritate him. Sun Tzu, The Art of War.)
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To: STARWISE

Nice......another great American


24 posted on 11/04/2010 4:30:05 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: STARWISE

People can say what they want about Bush but he wore the uniform, loves the troops and his country.

If I were a high school teacher I would show this to my classroom.


25 posted on 11/04/2010 4:33:40 PM PDT by TSgt (Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho - 44th and current President of the United States)
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To: Eyes Unclouded; jgilbert63; Qwackertoo; DrDeb; ohioWfan; LUV W; bitterohiogunclinger; ...

Air Force One
George W. Bush’s Whirlwind Tour on September 11th

http://911research.wtc7.net/planes/airforceone.html

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Jan. 17, 2009
Air Force One Pilot Calls It Quits
Pilot Who Flew George W. Bush Nearly 2,000 Times, Including On 9/11, To Retire From Air Force

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/17/politics/main4731488.shtml


26 posted on 11/04/2010 4:45:52 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: TSgt

Amen!

How very amazing that it was his very Nat’l
Guard unit jets from Texas were the ones
that flew cover .. all the way.


27 posted on 11/04/2010 4:51:11 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: All

Sept. 10, 2003
The President’s Story
The President Talks In Detail About His Sept. 11 Experience

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/17/politics/main4731488.shtml

Excerpt:

In a series of exclusive interviews about the events of 9/11, Correspondent Scott Pelley spent two hours with Mr. Bush - one on Air Force One and another in the Oval Office - just before the first anniversary of 9/11.

60 Minutes II found that the president was still moved, sometimes to tears, when he remembered Sept. 11.


“I knew, the farther we get away from Sept. 11, the more likely it is for some around the world to forget the mission. But not me,” says Mr. Bush during the Air Force One interview.

“Not me. I made the pledge to myself and to people that I’m not going to forget what happened on Sept. 11. So long as I’m president, we will pursue the killers and bring them to justice. We owe that to those who have lost their lives.”

The memories come back sharp and clear on Air Force One, where 60 Minutes II joined the president for a trip across the country. We wanted to talk to him there because that is where he spent the first hours after the attack.


28 posted on 11/04/2010 5:05:52 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Eye of Unk

I was explaining to my kid a couple of minutes ago about Bush being threatened in India and how every day, every hour, is like walking in Manhattan at rush hour. Billions of people everywhere. So, if someone wanted to protect someone, India is not the place. Thanks to all the guys who do this work.


29 posted on 11/04/2010 5:28:55 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: STARWISE

What a great story teller! That was totally wonderful.


30 posted on 11/04/2010 5:42:12 PM PDT by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: STARWISE

Awesome!


31 posted on 11/04/2010 6:10:38 PM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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To: STARWISE

Wow! Amazing! Thanks so much for posting this and the ping!


32 posted on 11/04/2010 6:13:37 PM PDT by terilyn
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To: STARWISE

Great story. Thanks for posting.


33 posted on 11/04/2010 6:18:35 PM PDT by baseballmom (Philadelphia Phillies - 2010 NL East Champions)
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To: baseballmom; terilyn

Welcome .. ;)


34 posted on 11/04/2010 6:44:49 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

That’s pretty cool.


35 posted on 11/04/2010 7:16:31 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (Live and Let Live; is not working...)
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To: STARWISE

BTTT


36 posted on 11/05/2010 3:12:19 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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