General Martin Dempsey Delivered
“Military in Transition” Keynote Address
at the America’s Future Series Symposium.
April 26, 2014 – H. Ross Perot Sr., the America’s Future Series and the Association of the United States Army North Texas Chapter hosted a 5 Star Award Luncheon and Military Symposium at the Dallas Hotel Intercontinental, a two-part event that preceded the Greater Dallas Military Foundation’s 50th annual military gala.
Featuring a keynote address delivered by Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Symposium was free and open to the public and discussed the need for grassroots programs enabling access to proper health care, quality educational opportunities, and meaningful employment for our returning service personnel and their families.
"The 5 Star Award Luncheon and the AFS Military Symposium are our way of honoring heroes like Marcus and Melanie Luttrell, business leaders who are stepping up to help meet our Veterans' needs and worthy causes that help employ, educate, house and reintegrate military personnel into civilian life,” continued Hamilton. “We want to shine a light on people and programs that are truly making a difference. We also want to share ways this community can actually get involved and contribute."
In addition to the round table participants and the awards recipients, other featured guests in attendance include Admiral Patrick Walsh, 7-11 executive vice president Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, the Center for Brain Health founder Dr. Sandi Chapman, Student Veterans of America CEO D. Wayne Robinson, Jack Lowe of TD Industries and Texas State Senator Ken Paxton.
Beneficiaries of this event will be Dallas Habitat's VetCorp program and the Association of the United States Army North Texas Chapter.
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Location: Hotel InterContinental | 15201 Dallas Parkway, Dallas TX 75001 | (972) 386-6000
Part I: America’s Future Series 5-Star Awards Luncheon & Ceremony
● 11:15 AM - Luncheon
● 12:00 PM - Award Presentation
● Admission: $70 General Admission; $50 Promotional Partner Members
● To register, please visit
Part II: Military Symposium
● Time: 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
● Admission: Free and Open to the Public
● To register, please visit
The featured sponsors for this event are La Quinta Inns & Suites, JP Morgan Chase, Orbitas, PenFed, Fluor, Trinity Industries, SAFRAN.
"The America's Future Series is proud to partner with the North Texas Chapter of the AUSA to bring Chairman Dempsey to the North Texas Region. We are very grateful for H. Ross Perot, Sr.'s support and are thrilled to have him as our host,” stated America’s Future Series founder David Hamilton.
“We support General Dempsey's emphasis on grassroots efforts to support our military and their families in Health Care, Employment and Education. With 1.8 million Veterans in Texas and hundreds moving here every day, showcasing the programs, organizations, companies and initiatives that are helping meet these needs is vital," followed JP Hogan, Colonel, US Army (Retired) and communications director for the North Texas Chapter of AUSA.
The AFS 5 Star Awards Luncheon preceded the symposium and honored corporate leaders and those firms who support our military in these key areas. Hosted by H. Ross Perot and joined by executive panelists Matt Rose (BNSF), Rick Edwards (Lockheed Martin), Todd Maclin (Chase Bank), Wayne Goldberg (La Quinta Inns & Suites), and John Garrison (Bell Helicopter), the panel discussion focused on health care, education and meaningful employment for returning service personnel, with a marked focus on what corporations are doing to assist in the transition and reintegration of our service personnel into civilian communities as we draw down the military over the next few years.
Leaders such as H. Ross Perot, Sr., Chairman Martin Dempsey, the CEO’s of BNSF, Chase, Bell Helicopter, La Quinta Inns & Suites and Lockheed, Clint Bruce, Admiral Patrick Walsh, Melanie Luttrell. Morgan Luttrell and others in one room at one time focusing on the what and how of supporting our military says a lot about the region and the great State of Texas.
A 5 Star Award Ceremony honored the panel following the round table discussion after which the most recent recipient of the America's Future Series Megellas Award, Carry the Load founder Clint Bruce concluded the awards ceremony by presenting a Megellas Award to Melanie Luttrell, wife of former United States Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.