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NCCIA 2018 Annual Conference
August 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - August 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Col. J. Quincy Collins, Jr. USAF Ret. Will be the Keynote Speaker for the Association’s 2018 Annual Conference, August 20-22
NCCIA President & CEO Thomas Adams announced today that Col. J. Quincy Collins, Jr. USAF Ret. Will be the Keynote Speaker for the associations 2018 Annual Conference, August 20-22 at the LeMeridien Hotel in Charlotte. Col. Collins will speak on Monday afternoon at 5pm to kick off the conference.
A genuine American Hero from the Vietnam War, Flying an F-105 “Thud”, he was shot down over North Vietnam 2 Sept 1965 suffering severe injuries of the head, leg (broken fibula) and arms on ejection. Captured and held POW for 7-1/2 years, he endured constant torture at the infamous Hoa Lo Prison, a.k.a. Hanoi Hilton. The longest held POW of any Citadel alumnus and one of the longest held in American history, he was labeled as “incorrigible” by the North Vietnamese and was a “cellmate” of John McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee for President. While a POW, and at the risk of extreme torture, he courageously wrote a patriotic song on bathroom tissue using blood as ink that was sung by all the POWs in 1972 during a prison uprising, and again at a Nixon White House reception for POW’s in 1973. The recipient of 2 Silver Stars and parachutist rating, he is a very powerful public speaker who through sharing of his wartime experiences reminds us how powerful love of God and Country can be.
(Editors note. Col. Collins biographical information courtesy the Citidal Alumni Association)