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Tahoe veterans club to host retired Air Force Col. Michael Hass

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Incline Village Crystal Bay Veterans Club will feature retired Col. Michael Haas from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan 29, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center at 948 Incline Way.

At the event, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Haas will pose a question to the audience, a satisfactory answer to which has eluded his decades of research into a seemingly inexplicable phenomena in modern combat: “What indefinable ‘something’ seems to surround the handful of warriors who will always find a way to survive on the most lethal edge of human performance?”

It is something he provocatively dubs “The Rambo Enigma,” according to a press release about the event.

In the presentation, Col. Haas will follow his opening question by highlighting the profiles of three unique warriors — British, German and American — whose documented exploits and years of the most intense, close-quarters combat defies ready explanation.

Col. Haas began his military career as a private in the U.S. Army infantry, subsequently serving in Army Airborne, Ranger, Special Forces, Psychological Operations, and Air Force Pararescue formations.

He fought in the Republic of South Vietnam as an assault helicopter pilot, completing 968 combat flying hours while receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, 41 Air Medals, and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry.

During Pentagon staff tours, he served as a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst for terrorism and Middle East affairs, as well as a Low Intensity Conflict analyst in the Air Force.

This is the first meeting of the Incline/Crystal Bay club in 2015 and is open to the public. Pizza, salad and soft drinks are available for a $5 donation. Seating is limited to 100.

RSVP to Bob Wheeler at Bob.Wheeler@SothebysRealty.com or 775-843-9888.


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