Retired Brigadier General Anthony J. (Tony) Tata has turned from the sword to the pen. As one of the writers of Glenn Beck's New York Times best-selling nonfiction book, Miracles and Massacres, and as the author of a series of four fiction titles in the Threat series, Tata now parlays his years of combat and operational experience into exciting, realistic thrillers. His latest book, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, provides further insights on terrorism and our options to combat it - both in this country and abroad. Tata has conducted combat operations and operational deployments in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Panama, Republic of Korea, and the Philippines. During his talk, he will draw on all these experiences to discuss our current threats, both foreign and domestic - and why he chooses to use fiction as a tool to help us understand them.
Tony Tata graduated from West Point and served 28 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Brigadier General. A master parachutist and Ranger, he commanded combat infantry units in the 25th Infantry and 4th Infantry Divisions, 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, and the 10th Mountain Division. His last combat tour was as the Deputy Commanding General of the 25,000 strong Allied and Joint Task Force in Afghanistan, overseeing a vast array of combat and logistical operations. Notably, Tata is listed as a distinguished member of the heralded 502nd, 504th, and 505th Parachute Infantry Regiments. A recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge, he earned masters degrees from The Catholic University of America and the School of Advanced Military Studies. He also served as a senior national security fellow at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. After his military career, he served as foreign policy commentator for FOX News, CBS News, and other national and local media outlets while also pursuing a career in education leadership in Washington, DC Public Schools and Wake County Public School System, the 16th largest system in the nation. He is currently the Secretary of Transportation for the State of North Carolina.
with our special guest
The Honorable Ted Cruz
Monday, April 13, 2015
North Raleigh Hilton, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
In 2012, Ted Cruz was elected as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. A passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution, Ted won a decisive victory in both the Republican primary and the general election, despite having never before been elected to office.
National Review has described Ted as “a great Reaganite hope,” columnist George Will has described him as “as good as it gets,” and the National Federation of Independent Business characterized his election as “critical to the small-business owners in [Texas, and], also to protecting free enterprise across America.”
Ted’s calling to public service is inspired largely by his first-hand observation of the pursuit of freedom and opportunity in America. Ted’s mother was born in Delaware to an Irish and Italian working-class family; she became the first in her family to go to college, graduated from Rice University with a degree in mathematics, and became a pioneering computer programmer in the 1950s.
Ted’s father was born in Cuba, fought in the revolution, and was imprisoned and tortured. He fled to Texas in 1957, penniless and not speaking a word of English. He washed dishes for 50 cents an hour, paid his way through the University of Texas, and started a small business in the oil and gas industry. Today, Ted’s father is a pastor in Dallas.
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