Second Friday Breakfast
The Men of Westminster holds a breakfast meeting the 2nd Friday of each month from 7:00 to 8:15 AM in Fellowship Hall, with a skilled speaker and discussion facilitator to stimulate thought on how God is working in our lives. Men, don’t miss the fellowship and discussions! Full breakfast provided (donations accepted). Contact Dudley Schadeberg with questions and reservations.
The Airlines and the Pilot Shortage
with Thomas W. Young
Author and pilot Thomas W. Young will speak about the current pilot shortage in the commercial airline industry. Several factors have created a shortage of pilots not seen in decades, and airline training departments are scrambling to meet demand. No quick and easy solution appears to be on the horizon. Contributing to the shortage are: A large cadre of pilots retiring at this particular time; recent regulations mandating more experience for new airline pilots; and the military services training fewer pilots and trying to keep them longer.
Tom Young is a commercial airline pilot with a large regional airline, based at Reagan National Airport. He has had extensive military flying experience, having logged more than 5,000 hours as a flight engineer on the C-5 Galaxy and the C-130 Hercules while flying to almost 40 countries. He served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and also flew combat missions to Bosnia and Kosovo. Two years ago he retired from the Air National Guard after 20 years of service. His military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, three Aerial Achievement Medals, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
Tom is also the author of six novels with military themes, the most recent of which is The Hunters, which was released in hardcover in 2015. His previous novels, The Mullah’s Storm, Silent Enemy, The Warriors, The Renegades, and Sand and Fire, are based upon his military background, and have received enormous praise. They are filled with adventure and a deep understanding of the men and women in Afghanistan: Americans, Afghans, military and civilian alike.
Tom Young previously spent ten years as a writer and editor with the broadcast division of the Associated Press. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church and live in Alexandria.
The Men of Westminster take an annual retreat in February to the Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center in Comus, Maryland. In 2017, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation led by the Rev. James F. Cubie, who has served with the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington since 2011 as a member of the Company of Teachers.