Keynote Speaker: Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at 10am and 2pm
Lt. Col. Friedman is a highly decorated Officer in the United States Air Force. He originally received his commission in 2000 as a United States Marine Corps Officer. He later transferred into the Air Forces elite as a Special Tactics Officer—aka Combat Controller— and now operates exclusively in the Special Operations community.
Lt. Col. Friedman has served four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism. His personal decorations include three Bronze Stars (one with Valor), two Meritorious Service Medals, three Commendation Medals, three Achievement Medals and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
In April 2010, Lt. Col. (then Captain) Friedman, under the direct leadership of four-star General Stanley McChrystal, deployed as the lead Joint Terminal Attack Controller to the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. This region was dubbed the "Valley of Death" as 44 US servicemen died there and hundreds were wounded. Captain Friedman was tasked with defending US forces during the closure of the Korengal Combat Outpost. While under direct and indirect hostile fire, he engaged multiple Taliban fighters with close air support which resulted in killing and wounding over 40 enemy and destroying several fighting positions- to include the famous Restrepo during final extraction.
The motto "First There," reaffirms the Combat Controller's commitment to undertaking the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines. The mission of a combat controller is to deploy, undetected, into combat and hostile environments to establish assault zones or airfields, while simultaneously conducting air traffic control, fire support, command and control, direct action, counter-terrorism, foreign internal defense, humanitarian assistance and special reconnaissance in the joint arena. Combat controllers can infiltrate via combat diving and parachuting including military freefall and possess unique skills in demolition and the lethal joint terminal attack control qualification. All these skills Lt. Col. Friedman has successfully mastered.
He is a sought after speaker with expertise in War and Leadership. He is an emerging leader spearheading a movement to bring hope and healing to men, women and families dealing with the scars of war.