Leonard M (Mike) Scruggs
Scruggs is a USAF combat veteran of the Vietnam War, during which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and two Air Medals while engaged in combat operations.
From 1961 to 1969, his service duties included posts as an intelligence officer and navigator.
He is a member of the Air Commando Association, the Air Force Association, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
He is the author of two books: Lessons from the Vietnam War, published in 2009, and The Un-Civil War, published in 2011, as well as numerous articles on military history.
He is President of the Henderson County Republican Men's Club, and immediate past Chairman of the Henderson County Republican Party.
He is a member of the North Carolina Veterans Affairs Commission.
He is also a real estate broker associated with Mark White & Associates in Hendersonville.
He retired as an Investment Vice President from Smith Barney (now Morgan Stanley) in 2005.
Scruggs earned a BS degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA degree from Stanford University in California.
James S. Robbins Ph.D.
Dr. James S. Robbins is Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs at the Washington Times, and Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council. Dr. Robbins is a former special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and in 2007 was awarded the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He writes a national security column for National Review Online and his work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other publications. He appears regularly on international television and radio including the BBC, Voice of America, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, and the Fox News Channel, among others. Dr. Robbins hold a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has taught at the National Defense University and Marine Corps University, among other schools. His research interests include terrorism and national security strategy, political theory and military history. Dr. Robbins is the author of the critically acclaimed Last in Their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point.
Masters Program, Universidad de Mexico. BS, Economics, Oklahoma State
Vietnam USMC, Captain, '65-'66. Laos, '67-'70, Captain, Air America.
Certificate of Merit, Central Intelligence Agency for the rescue of Major Bill Buice USAF in 1969.
CEO J4/First Forge Capital; CEO Megabess US; CEO DEEC Inc.
Winner Faulkner Society Medal; Two best-selling novels (Nam-A-Rama and Goodbye Mexico);
Winner Book of the Year LA Times; Book of the Year Washington Post; Nominated Pulitzer Prize (all for Nam-A-Rama)
"The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War" (Regnery 2010) was Amazon #1 Best Seller list for over three months.
Michael Lee Lanning
Lanning was born on September 18, 1946 in Sweetwater, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & M University in 1968 and his Master of Science from East Texas State University in 1979.
Lanning retired as a lieutenant colonel after more than twenty years in the U.S. Army where he served all across the United States, in Southeast Asia, and in Germany. In Vietnam he led an infantry platoon, a reconnaissance platoon, and a rifle company. In addition to other command and staff positions, he acted as public affairs officer for General H. Norman Schwarzkopf and served a member of the Department of Defense Public Affairs office. During his time in uniform he earned the Senior Parachute Badge, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Bronze Star with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Medal and a dozen additional commendation and service awards.
Max Phillip Friedman
BA Degree, Temple University, Anthropology and Archaeology. Graduate studies in Political Psychology, International Affairs and Anthropology. [Associate of Arts Certificate in "Police Science" and Paralegal Degree].
Research journalist for Human Events weekly newspaper, Oct-Nov. 1970, SVN/Cambodia.
Contractor Paralegal/Historian concerning environmental superfund waste site litigation (also worked on an Organized Crime Task Force, terrorism trial preparation, etc.).
Three congressional testimonies on Vietnam and Cambodia, plus one on the "anti-war" movement and a report included in the hearings/testimony of the House Ways & Means Committee on illegal lobbying by the Left in the US
Minor contributor to "Whitewash/Blackwash" re books in the bibliography and a little information in the "Yellow Book" for the Texas Tech Conf. last September - "Our 'Pre-Sponse': A Supplement to The TTU-NARA Conference on Vietnam in the Year 1963"