MADISON, Wis. (1/8/13)--The author of a book about developments in the White House during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 will keynote a session of the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) 2013 America's Credit Union Conference (ACUC) this summer.
Retired White House Military Officer Lt. Col. Robert Darling will speak at the Sunday June 30 session. CUNA's ACUC will take place June 30-July 3 at the Hilton New York in New York City.
"We hear from attendees that ACUC is their conference choice to get energized and equipped with big ideas," said Jill Tomalin, senior vice president of association services at CUNA. "Lt. Col. Darling is sure to evoke action with his unique insights and inspiring experiences."
Lt. Col. Darling chronicled developments during the attack in his book, 24 Hours Inside the President's Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House
, a minute-by-minute account of that day's events.
As a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One, he was handpicked in 2000 to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. He was in this position during the Sept. 11 attack and supported the president, vice president and national security adviser in the underground President's Emergency Operations Center, where he witnessed unprecedented events and decision making.
He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2007 after more than 20 years of active duty. Earlier in his career he piloted attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Today Darling is president of the Military Officers Association of America Heritage Chapter in Quantico, Va., and vice president for business development for Zenetex, an information technology service management company in Herndon, Va.
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