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Retired general, Tom Hall, featured speaker at Republican Women’s meeting

The Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Boss Hogg’s Restaurant from noon to 1:30 p.m.

It will be a time to remember 9/11. Featured speaker will be Pagosa resident and U.S. Air Force retired Brigadier Gen. Joel (Tom) T. Hall, who had a distinguished and decorated career.

All are welcome.

Most of Tom Hall’s adult life, career and post career, has been focused on the military aspect of foreign policy. He has some provocative thoughts regarding the success or non success of war based on constitutional mandates for Congress to provide for the common defense and have sole authority to declare war. Thus, he will be talking about how the “elite” in the Department of State have not always acted in our national interests and how Congress has avoided its constitutional responsibility, resulting in a high cost in lives with little success.

General Hall entered U.S. military service in October 1956 enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserve. Five and a half years later, after completing his degree in aeronautical engineering at the University of Oklahoma, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the USAF. In 1962, he began a career as an instructor pilot and fighter pilot, which concluded in the summer of 1991 with over 4,300 flying hours. His service career paths also included being vice commander of the NATO 5th Tactical Air Force in Italy, ending as director of safety for the Air Force.

General Hall was awarded the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 16 Air Medals for combat missions in Vietnam. He has also been awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, two meritorious Service Medals and many more lessor awards and decorations.

For 10 years after retirement, Gen. Hall worked with Science Applications International and Lockheed Martin.

He states that he has now retired to the golf course and lives here in Pagosa with his wife, Dian.

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