VET FEST 2018

SPONSORED BY THE VETERANS FESTIVAL GROUP

​Atz Kilcher

​LT. COL HAROLD FRITZ MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT 


​Atz Kilcher grew up the eldest son of Yule and Ruth Kilcher, who emigrated from Switzerland to Alaska in the late 1930s, joining some of Homer's earliest pioneer homesteaders. Today, Kilcher appears regularly alongside family members on Discovery Channel's popular show Alaska: The Last Frontier. He also performs music around the country, occasionally alongside his singer-songwriter daughter, Jewel; he also enjoys weaving baskets for art exhibits, and spending as much time as possible around a campfire with his grown children and lovely wife, Bonnie.


Because of a very busy production schedule for "Alaska: The Last Frontier" Atz Kilcher and his best friend Froggy (both of whom are Vietnam Veterans) will only be at Vet Fest 2018 on Saturday June 16th.

CHAPLAIN (Lt. Col.) LINDA J. PUGSLEY

















Captain Fritz's Medal of Honor citation reads: {{Quotation|For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. (then 1st Lt.) Fritz, Armor, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving as a platoon leader with Troop A, near Quần Lợi. Capt. Fritz was leading his 7-vehicle armored column along Highway 13 to meet and escort a truck convoy when the column suddenly came under intense crossfire from a reinforced enemy company deployed in ambush positions. In the initial attack, Capt. Fritz' vehicle was hit and he was seriously wounded. Realizing that his platoon was completely surrounded, vastly outnumbered, and in danger of being overrun, Capt. Fritz leaped to the top of his burning vehicle and directed the positioning of his remaining vehicles and men. With complete disregard for his wounds and safety, he ran from vehicle to vehicle in complete view of the enemy gunners in order to reposition his men, to improve the defenses, to assist the wounded, to distribute ammunition, to direct fire, and to provide encouragement to his men. When a strong enemy force assaulted the position and attempted to overrun the platoon, Capt. Fritz manned a machine gun and through his exemplary action inspired his men to deliver intense and deadly fire which broke the assault and routed the attackers. Moments later a second enemy force advanced to within 2 meters of the position and threatened to overwhelm the defenders. Capt. Fritz, armed only with a pistol and bayonet, led a small group of his men in a fierce and daring charge which routed the attackers and inflicted heavy casualties. When a relief force arrived, Capt. Fritz saw that it was not deploying effectively against the enemy positions, and he moved through the heavy enemy fire to direct its deployment against the hostile positions. This deployment forced the enemy to abandon the ambush site and withdraw. Despite his wounds, Capt. Fritz returned to his position, assisted his men, and refused medical attention until all of his wounded comrades had been treated and evacuated. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by Capt. Fritz, at the repeated risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect the greatest credit upon himself, his unit, and the Armed Forces.

































Chaplain (Lt Col) Linda J. Pugsley
HC Chaplain
Florida Wing, CAP
(01 JAN 2016)
Biography for Chaplain (Lt Col) Linda J. Pugsley
12003 Hope Lane, Tampa, FL, 33618-3727
lpugsley@flwg.us/813-494-6885
Jan 2016

Education:
•¨Doctor of Biblical Studies, Colorado Theological Seminary, 2010
•¨Florida State Teaching Certification 1987
•¨MA in Counseling, Rider University, 1977
•¨BS in Nursing, University of Delaware, 1974
•¨Diploma, Boston City Hospital School of Nursing, 1966

Military:
•¨Joined USAF Reserves at Hanscom AFB, MA, Mar 1967
•¨Basic Training, Sheppard AFB, 1967
•¨Flight Nurse School, Brooks AFB, 1967
•¨Volunteered for two tours as Air Evac Flight Nurse in Vietnam 1968-1969 and 1972
•¨Stationed with the 67 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES), 34 AES, 57 AES, 56 AES, and 72 AES, with the last assignment being the 37 AES (now 45 AES) at MacDill AFB, FL
•¨Resigned position as Flight Nurse with rank of Major in 1978 to pursue ministry career
•¨Currently a Chaplain in the USAF Auxiliary/Civil Air Patrol (USAF Aux/CAP) in the rank of Lt Col assigned as Florida Wing Chaplain and Chaplain/89thMACS, MacDill AFB, with recent duty as volunteer Chaplain to the Florida Army National Guard (FLARNG), 53rd Brigade Support Battalion in Tampa and St Petersburg (2006-2011)

Teaching:
•¨Medical training instructor in USAF/USAF Reserves 1967-1978
•¨Nursing Instructor at Pasco-Hernando Community College – 1978-1980
•¨Lead Teacher at New Hope Christian School (as part of pastoral duties) 1988-2002
•¨Vietnam Veterans of America Speakers Bureau (since 1999)-teaching in the local high schools of her experiences in Vietnam (over 3800 students)

Ministry:
•¨Ordained in 1989 at Great Hope Christian Fellowship (GHCF) Church
•¨Became Associate Pastor at GHCF in 1994
•¨Visits and tends to the sick; preaches the mid-week service and a once a month Sunday Service at GHCF
•¨Author of the books, The Climb, a compilation of her sermons on contemporary moral issues and DMR-5, The Next Generation, a novel full of mystery and adventure, about a military chaplain and the powerful influence moral change brings to theyouths of a local community
•¨Founder of Piercing the Darkness Ministries, a ministry dedicated to communicating the truth of God’s Word in our local and national forums
•¨Frequent speaker at various churches, seminars, conferences and civic activities

CAP Experience:
•¨Joined in May 2003 in the rank of Major/promoted to Lt Col Jun 2007
•¨Appointed Chaplain April 2004
•¨Currently Florida Wing Chaplain with ADY to 89th MACS, MacDill AFB, FL
•¨Specialty track is Chaplain at the Master Level (7/2005)
•¨Level V completed (May 2013)
•¨Instructor for SLS/CLC/RCCSC/Wing Conferences
•¨Mission Chaplain/ CISM Certification/Pastoral Crisis Intervention Certification/Suicide Intervention Certification
•¨ROA card/CAP Driver’s License/ICUT /BCUT/GTM-3/SET
•¨Has provided Mission Chaplain support for Hurricane Recon /Cape Missions/Encampments/Casualty Notification Team/SAREX/DREX/Bivouacs/Cadet Activities

Activities:
•¨An active athlete, she completed three triathlons in 2004 has run six marathons and numerous half marathons from 1999 to 2015.
•¨In addition to running, Pastor Pugsley is a frequent hiker on the Appalachian Trail


Chaplain/Pastor Pugsley is a passionate patriot with a conservative viewpoint. Her years of military experience and teaching history have given her an informed vantage point from which to express the character and accomplishments of our country. She is well versed in the political realm and considers herself on a mission to educate, and encourage her audience to participate in re-establishing an intelligent, active populace who will pursue the moral excellence needed to fuel the fires of maintaining our country as a beacon of light. She is convinced the United States has a God-given, sacred mission to uphold freedom and justice at home and in the world.