9th annual CELEBRATION OF VETERANS

Saturday, November 8
FREE EVENT!
  • Times:
    Saturday, November 8 @ 11:00am
  • Prices:
    ADMISSION IS FREE - No tickets or reservations required.
  • Location:
    SCERA Center for the Arts
    745 South State Street, Orem, UT 84058

Join us for an inspiring, entertaining and patriotic event at the SCERA Center for the Arts featuring patriotic presentations, special guests and a variety of musical performances in a USO-style show.  There will be musical performances from BYU Jazz Voices; Mountain View High School Men's Chorus; Rococco Performing Arts Studio; Miss Orem Maddie Millard; Shawn, Chad & Tina Mortensen singing "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree" and much more. American Legion Post 72 will present the Parade of Service Flags.  A moving event for veterans and families of all ages!  Groups from senior center and assisted living centers are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The Orem Heritage Museum will also be open for free tours after the event, and the museum features a whole room filled with incredible military and veterans displays.  The museum also has free Granny B Cookies for everyone that stops by!

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE:  You will be awed by the precise and impressive 12-man Rifle Drill from the BYU Air Force ROTC in full dress uniform!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Colonel Jack Stokes

Colonel Jack Stokes entered the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in December 1987 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brigham Young University.  He was immediately assigned to Laughlin AFB, TX where he entered Undergraduate Pilot Training and received his pilot wings in May 1989.  

Colonel Stokes’ first assignment was to Suwon Air Base, Republic of Korea as a Forward Air Controller flying the OA-10 in the 19th Tactical Air Control Squadron (TASS).  After six months at Suwon, the 19th TASS was moved to Osan Air Base.  From 1990 to 1992, Colonel Stokes served as assistant training officer and then Chief of Squadron scheduling.

In March 1992, he was transferred to the 75th Fighter Squadron, Pope AFB, NC.  While there he flew as an A-10 pilot and upgraded to 2-ship flight lead, 4-ship lead, and instructor pilot.  Colonel Stokes flew in numerous Red Flag, Green Flag, Air Warrior I, & II exercises, deployed to Honduras and twice to Operation Southern Watch (OSW).  He was also part of the team that opened Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait for American use in support of OSW.  Colonel Stokes served as the squadron safety officer, electronic combat pilot, and Wing Chief of Flight Safety while at Pope AFB.

In February 1996, he was transferred to Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ and assigned as an instructor pilot in the 358th Fighter Squadron.  While in the 358th, he taught aspiring young pilots to fly the mighty A-10 in the skies over Arizona.  He served in the 358th as Chief of Stan Eval for only nine months, then was selected to attend the highly prestigious A-10 Weapons Instructor Course (WIC).

Colonel Stokes attended A-10 WIC from Jan-Jun 1997.  Upon completion of the course, he was awarded the official patch of the USAF Weapons Officer and returned to Davis-Monthan AFB and began duties as the Weapons Officer for the 357th Fighter Squadron.  He served in that capacity until June 1998 when he was transferred to the USAF MCM 3-1 office at Nellis AFB, NV.

At Nellis, he was Chief of Fighter volumes and charged with the writing and production of the classified fighter tactics, techniques, and procedures volumes.  While there, he was also attached to fly with the 422 Test and Evaluation Squadron.  After two years, he received a change of assignment to the 422.  While there he served as Chief of A-10 tactics and was involved in the night tactics test, night vision goggles landing and take-off test, and the development of the A-10 precision engagement upgrade.

From Aug 2002 to June 2005, Colonel Stokes served on the Air Staff at the Pentagon.  His duties included Chief of the Non-nuclear Combustibles Annual Assessment and Chief of War Ready Material/Training munitions for XORW and Chief of the EUCOM/CENTCOM branch for CHECKMATE.

In June 2005, Colonel Stokes reported back to Osan Air Base to take up duties as the 51st Fighter Wing Chief of Safety.  He was then made the Director of Operations for the 25th Fighter Squadron, then was promoted to Commander of the same squadron.

In June of 2009 he was transferred to Moody Air Force Base where he served as the Deputy Commander for both the 23rd Fighter Group and the 23rd Maintenance Group.  After only one year, he was transferred to Hickam AFB, HI where he took up the position of Chief of Combat Plans for the 613th Air Operations Center.  In March 2011, he was assigned to the Office of Security Cooperation, Iraq and worked there as the senior Air Force advisor to the Army General in charge of the mission. He also served as a personal advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Air Force.  Upon completion of his tour in Iraq, Colonel Stokes returned to Hawaii and resumed his duties as the Chief of Combat Plans for the Pacific Theater of Operations.  He retired from the Air Force on 1 July 2013 after more than 25 years of service.

Colonel Stokes holds a Master of Arts degree in Military Studies from the American Military University and a Bachelor’s degree in History from BYU.  He is a command pilot with more than 3,200 hours in the A/OA-10, AT-38, T-38, and T-37 aircraft.  His awards and decorations include the Bronze tar. Meritorious Service Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Colonel Stokes is married to the former Lisa Wallin of Salt Lake City, UT.  They have four children.  Matthew, who is attending Brigham Young University, Katelyn, a recent graduate of BYU and 1st grade teacher at Provo Peaks Elementary School, Thomas, a BYU sophomore on hold while he serves an LDS mission to Chile, and Jessica, a junior at Timpview High School.