Keeping the President Safe

tillmanRemember where you were and what you were doing on Sept. 11, 2001?

President George W. Bush was at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, reading "The Pet Goat" to second-graders. 

LifeLong Learning kicks off its 2017 - 2018 season with an account of President Bush’s activities on 9/11,  by Air Force One’s pilot. Col. Mark W. Tillman served as the 12th presidential pilot and commander of Air Force One from 2001 – 2009. He is coming to PebbleCreek Saturday, Oct. 14,  at 7 p.m., to share his firsthand account of piloting the president on Sept. 11, 2001. He protected the president that day by keeping him out of harm’s way and connecting the flying Oval Office to the nation’s first responders.

Tillman was flying from Florida to Washington, D.C. when he learned that Air Force One might be a target. He then flew to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, where the president made remarks, then to Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, and finally back to Washington - 10 hours after the president learned of the attack.

Tillman was also the first pilot to fly a president into a war zone when, in complete secrecy, he flew the commander in chief into Baghdad, Iraq, for Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. troops. He will explain what it took to plan and strategize what he calls a “Zero Fail Mission.”

Tillman’s distinguished career spans 30 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 2004. 

A thought-provoking and riveting storyteller, Tillman continues to mentor others as a consultant in the aerospace industry and to fly as a corporate pilot. He approaches each opportunity with the same personal mantra: "Zero failure doesn't just happen ... successful leaders make it happen."

Tickets to this presentation are $15 per person and will be available online Oct. 1. Tickets may also be purchased at the LLL Center, before any Monday Morning Lecture and may be available at the door of the Renaissance Theater on the evening of the presentation.