Col HARRY SEXTON, USMC (Ret), and

JOE DRISCOLL, Chairman & CEO of Lansmont Corp.

OPERATION TAILWIND, Formerly Classified Operations in Vietnam & Laos, 1970

September 9 , 2004 Guest Speaker
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Col. Harry Sexton, USMC (Ret.)

Harry E. Sexton was born in Anaheim California in 1932. He graduated from Anaheim Union High School in 1950 then obtained an AA degree from Long Beach City College in June 1952. He entered Naval Flight Training in August 1952 and completed his training and received his Naval Aviator Wings and commission to 2ndLt in the USMCR in February 1954. His first squadron was in VMF-451 at MCAS El Toro flying FJ-2 aircraft; the squadron later deployed to Atsugi Japan for a one-year tour.

Returning to the States in January 1956, he was assigned to VMF-115 flying the F9F-5, and later, the F4D kyray. Following this assignment, he was transferred to VMFT-10 as an instructor in fighter tactics. His next assignment was back to MAG 13 / VMF 334 flying the newly-arrived F8U Crusader.

He was married in 1958 to the former Ann Goodrich of Elmira New York.

In February 1959 he was assigned to Helicopter training at Pensacola Florida and following completion, was assigned to HMR (L)163 at the Tustin Helicopter Base, flying the HUS-1 aircraft. The squadron deployed in July 1960 to Futima, Okinawa for a one-year tour. Returning to the states in July 1961 he was assigned to the Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment at Floyd Bennett Naval Air Station, New York flying the FJ-4, and later the A4 aircraft. In October 1963 he was assigned to VMF (AW) 212 in Kaneohe, Hawaii flying the F8-D & E aircraft. The squadron was selected to become part of Carrier Air Group 16 aboard the USS Oriskany and in January 1965 transpacked to N.A.S. Miramar and joined-up with the Navy. The Oriskany departed San Diego for Vietnam, arriving on Yankee Station in April 1965 where the ship operated and completed its first combat tour until their departure in December 1965.

In August 1966 he was assigned to the Marine Corp Command & Staff College, Quantico Virginia. Following this assignment, he was assigned to Syracuse University under the College Degree Program where he received his business degree. He was then assigned to Headquarters Marine Corp as the assignment officer for Aviators in
the rank of Major. In October 1969 he was assigned to the First Marine Air Wing in DaNang, and upon arrival, was assigned as Squadron Commander of Marine Helicopter Squadron 367 flying the AH-1G Cobra helicopter. It was during this tour that "Operation Tailwind" occurred for which he was awarded the Navy Cross.

Following this combat tour, he was transferred to MCAS El Toro in January 1971 and assigned as Commanding Officer of Marine Wing Headquarter's Group. He was later transferred to Marine Air Group 13 as Executive Officer flying the T-A4 and A4M aircraft.

In June 1973, he was assigned to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Upon completion he was assigned to the Pentagon in July 1974 and served as the Marine Representative on the DOD Air Munitions Requirement and Development Board. He is the recipient of the Navy Cross, the Legion of Merit with Combat"V",
the Distinguished Flying Cross, and 44 Air Medals.

He retired in January 1978 and moved to Laguna Beach, Ca. Harry and Ann have two children: Harry Jr. and Stacie, and three Grandchildren, Kyle, Paige and Tori. He presently operates his Company, H & S Pipe, Inc. in Dana Point.

Joseph L. Driscoll
Chairman & CEO of Lansmont Corp.

Joe Driscoll grew up in Boston, MA, graduated from Syracuse University and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1968. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1969 and received his orders for Vietnam later that year. After first serving in VMO-6, he joined HML-367 in mid-1970, flying
the AH-1G Cobra gunship. He completed 534 combat missions and was twice awarded the Distinguished Fly Cross, one of which was for "Operation Tailwind".

Then Captain Driscoll completed his active service in 1973 after a two year tour of duty as a flight instructor at the Navy's Flight School in Pensacola FL. Mr. Driscoll is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Lansmont
Corporation in Monterey, CA. He began his business career in 1973 and was managing his own manufacturing business by 1978. During his business career he has been the CEO of several manufacturing companies and was a co-founder of Dactron Inc. His managerial experience includes having served as a director, advisor and consultant to a number of privately owned concerns. Mr. Driscoll has lectured on business strategy and entrepreneurship at the University of California, has published numerous articles on business management and is the author of the book "It's Your Business".

Mr. Driscoll currently resides in Monterey California where he was a member of the Board of Directors and past
Treasurer for the Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County. He is an avid, albeit mediocre, recreational athlete and his current flight status consists of standing in long lines at the airport!