04.22.2013 Uncategorized No Comments

Two Speaking Eagles meet in the sky

...or at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour became America’s first African-American female combat pilot. Recently, she ran into one of her heroes, USAF Col. (Ret) Lee Ellis at the Cleveland airport.

Ellis was shot down over enemy territory during the Vietnam War and became a prisoner of war. He was held in various prisons in the Hanoi area for over five years. After repatriation,his assignments included duty as a pilot, flight instructor, staff officer, chief of flight standardization and evaluation, flying squadron commander and supervisor in higher education before retiring as a colonel. He was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and POW Medal for his service in Vietnam. In addition, he was awarded four Air Force Commendation Medals and four Meritorious Service Medals for performance excellence.

Ellis and Armour at CLE

Both members of Speaking Eagles and the National Speaker’s Association (NSA), Armour got to hear her hero speak at the NSA Speaking Eagles’ meeting last summer.

“I sat in awe, as Col. Leon “Lee” Ellis, USAF (Ret.) spoke of his POW experience during Vietnam, to our small intimate gathering of Speaking Eagles,” said Armour. “I was listening to a true American hero. NSA has blessed me in many ways, and being connected to extraordinary people like Col. Ellis, is at the top of the list. Thank you sir, for your service and your shoulders. Semper Fi.”

For more information on Lee Ellis and his new book, “Leading with Honor,” visit http://freedomstarmedia.com/lee-ellis and visit http://vernicearmour.com to learn more about Vernice Armour and “Zero to Breakthrough.”


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