Join us at 11:30 AM, Thursday, April 15, 2021

for a VIRTUAL ZOOM Meeting

with Guest Speaker

Commander Kirk Lippold, United States Navy, (Ret.)

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Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.) was the Commanding Officer of the USS Cole when it came under a suicide terrorist attack by al Qaeda in the port of Aden, Yemen on October 12, 2000. During his command, he and his crew distinguished themselves by saving the American war ship from sinking. This event is widely recognized as one of the most brazen acts of terrorism by al Qaeda prior to September 11, 2001.

In his book, FRONT BURNER: AL QAEDA’S ATTACK ON THE USS COLE, Commander Lippold reveals the details of his harrowing experience leading a crew of valiant sailors though the deadliest terrorist attack on an American warship in history.

In addition to his distinguished service as the Commanding Officer of USS Cole, Commander Lippold had numerous assignments including Executive Officer of USS Shiloh, an Aegis-class guided missile cruiser.

His department head tour was unique in his assignment to the crew that commissioned USS Arleigh Burke, the Navy’s first Aegis guided missile destroyer. He served as the Operations Officer responsible for the training and operation of a next generation $1 billion warship with a crew of over 300 Sailors.

He had two division officer assignments, which included a tour on USS Yorktown, an Aegis class guided missile cruiser. There, he completed a lengthy seven and a half month deployment to the Mediterranean, where he participated in the Achille Lauro aircraft seizure, Black Sea Freedom of Navigation operations against the Soviet Union, and Attain III combat operations in the Gulf of Sidra off Libya that followed several Libyan sponsored terrorist attacks in Europe.

His initial division officer tour was in USS Fairfax County, a tank landing ship, where he completed a deployment to Beirut, Lebanon, in support of the US Marine Corps and the Multinational Peacekeeping Force when terrorists attacked the American Embassy and severely damaged it.

After graduation from Carson City High School, Commander Lippold attended the U.S. Naval Academy and received his commission in the Navy in 1981. He attended the Navy Postgraduate School from 1987 to 1989 where he received a Masters of Science in Systems Engineering (Joint Command, Control and Communications).

He subsequently served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5), where he was instrumental in crafting detainee policy for the war on terrorism during its initial stages following the 9/11 attacks.

His last assignment was in the International Strategy Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (N5IS). Commander Lippold retired from the Navy in June 2007.

Commander Lippold currently serves as the President of Lippold Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in executive leadership development and long-range strategic planning. He also serves as the Vice President for Military Policy and Strategic Development of Phillip Stutts & Company, Inc., a grassroots public affairs firm.

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