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We look forward to seeing you on June 14th!
When: June 14th - Flag Day, the US Army's Birthday
Time: 4-7 pm; Come early for Networking, Appetizers, & Bourbon Tasting!
Where: Ritz Charles; 12156 N Meridian St. Carmel, IN 46032
Here is What You Can Expect
About Alex R. Hernandez
Alex R Hernandez (seen with sunglasses in this picture) served with the U.S. Army Special Forces (the Green Berets) from 1971 to 1997 retiring at the rank of Sergeant Major. During his Special Forces career several of his assignments included the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), as an instructor at the U.S. Army Special Forces Combat Diver School, as an instructor/liaison with the U.S. Navy Special Warfare Center's U.S. Navy SEAL Basic Underwater and Demolition School (BUD/S), and with the recently declassified Special Forces unit, the Physical Security Support Element-Berlin in West Berlin, Germany. Alex, in his second career, served in the Central Intelligence Agency as a paramilitary and case officer retiring after 14 years from the Senior Intelligence Service in 2011. Alex is honored to represent Horse Soldier Bourbon because of a brotherly bond established with several partners of the Horse Soldier Bourbon Distillery with whom Alex rode alongside in northern Afghanistan from October through December 2001.
About Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John P. Spanogle/US Army Special Forces
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John P. Spanogle is a native Hoosier and grew up on the south side of Indianapolis. He attended Perry Meridian High School and graduated in 1989. Upon graduation, he attended IUPUI and started his military career in the Indiana National Guard.
John’s first assignment in 5th Special Forces Group (ABN) was with 2nd Battalion and assigned to ODA-556. CPT Spanogle lead the team on many deployments to Kosovo, Jordan, Oman, Turkmenistan, and Kuwait. Then, on September 11, 2001, American was attacked and the first unit called to action was the men of 5th Special Forces Group (ABN). ODA-556 became part of Task Force Dagger, as seen in the movie 12 Strong, and was inserted behind enemy lines linking up with the tribe of Hamid Karzai just north of Qandahar, Afghanistan. Task Force Dagger expelled the Taliban in about three months and took all three major cities, Qandahar, Kabul, and Mazar Sharif, with approximately 100 Green Berets and resistance fighters. The invasion of Afghanistan is one of the most unknown military actions in history.
After redeployment from Afghanistan in 2002, CPT Spanogle was chosen to lead another team, ODA-513, and was immediately sent back overseas to Djibouti, Africa to conduct operations in the Horn of Africa against transnational threats to the United States. While working for the better part of 6 months in Africa, CPT Spanogle’s team was ordered to Ali As Salem Air Base in Kuwait. Unknown at that time, John and his team were being staged to invade Iraq. During the invasion, 5th Special Forces Group (ABN) set the stage for the invasion and crossed the berm two days before the main invasion. ODA’s conducted scud hunting in the western desert to conducting surveillance of Iraqi troops, especially the Fedayeen, Saddam’s Special Troops. ODA-513 conducted special operations during the invasion assisting CIA Operations in Baghdad.