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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June Speaker

One of the missions of our group is to provide our members with the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable people. Anyone from a successful writer speaking about our craft, to a retired policeman explaining the intricacies of patrolling our streets. Just in the last few months we have heard from an arson investigator, a retired sheriff, and a detective. Not only are their topics interesting and informative, we get to pick their brains with our often disturbing questions. As mystery writers, we can come up with some real doozies. This month we will be learning about the military from GEORGE DANIEL “DAN” PFAFF, Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force (Retired)





Greatest Accomplishments: Loving Jesus; staying married to my beautiful wife, Sheri, for 31 years; and raising three boys to be contributing members of society.

Other Minor Accomplishments:
- Air Force Command Pilot with over 7,300 flying hours and 467 combat hours
- Military pilot in the T-37 Tweet, T-38 Talon, A-10 Warthog, EF-111 Spark 'Vark', and B-2 Stealth Bomber
- Long duration sorties over Afghanistan (40 hours) and Iraq (17 hours) in the B-2
- Pilot for NetJets Aviation for the last 12 years in the Citation X, Citation Encore+, and the Phenom 300
- Flight Instructor and Evaluator for both the Air Force and NetJets
- Wasted two years in a non-flying staff job for USCENTAF (Air Force Central Command) which I thoroughly hated

Education:
- Bachelor of Science, Biology, US Air Force Academy
- Exchange Cadet to US Military Academy (West Point)
- Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Master of Military Operational Art/Science, Air University (but I still always lose playing Risk!)

Public Speaking:
- Personally briefed Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on B-2 operations in Afghanistan
- Appeared on Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren’s “On the Record” explaining B-2 weapons’ capabilities
- Teach marriage classes with Sheri to married and engaged couples in several church settings 




Should be a great presentation. Please try and joins us. Guests are welcome.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Monthly Speaker

 
 
One of the missions of our group is to provide our members with the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable people. Anyone from a successful writer speaking about our craft, to a retired policeman explaining the intricacies of patrolling our streets. Just in the last few months we have heard from an arson investigator, a retired sheriff, and a detective. Not only are their topics interesting and informative, we get to pick their brains with our often disturbing questions. As mystery writers, we can come up with some real doozies. This month we will be learning about the criminal justice system from a defense attorney.
 
Guests are welcome, so if you are in the area, come on by. Our meeting is Saturday, May 13th at the Library Station on North Kansas Expwy in Springfield MO. We have a business meeting at 10:00 am and then our speaker takes over at 11:00.
 
And who knows, maybe you will love our group so much, you will want to become a member. See you there!
 
Branden Twibell

Branden Twibell was born and raised in Springfield. He attended Rountree, Jarrett Junior High, and Parkview High School.

Twibell received his undergrad degree in Marketing, and MBA from Missouri State then worked in retail for six years in Kansas City before attending law school at the University of Western Michigan at the age of 30. After getting his law degree, he spent four years with the Missouri Public Defender's Office as a criminal defense trial attorney. Now he is in private practice with his father, Bert Twibell. (a past Greene County Prosecuting Attorney) He specializes in criminal law with the law firm of Twibell Johnson.
 
Brandens is married to wife is Ashley Twibell (current Greene County Prosecuting Attorney) and they have a beautiful four month old daughter named Charlie.