The Rome Rotary Club will host Col. Theodore H. Limpert as its featured speaker during its noon meeting at the Franklin Hotel on South James Street, Tuesday, April 17.
The program is open to the public and cost for lunch is $10, or only soup and salad for $7.
Limpert is a New York Air National Guard fighter pilot who has deployed to Southwest Asia seven times since Operation Desert Storm and was the commander of the 138th Fighter Squadron in Syracuse, as well as 174th Fighter Wing Detachment commander later in deployment. He is an experienced pilot with more than 2,200 hours in the F-16 and 800 hours in the A-10 Warthog, as well as flying 106 combat missions. He holds the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, and several other decorations. Col. Limpert, during the night of Sept. 11, 2001, was scrambled in his F-16 against a slow moving unknown target south of Rochester, and intercepted it using night vision goggles.
Limpert’s extensive experience with Mid-east nations led to his being selected to return for a four-month tour in 2011 as Senior Air Reserve Advisor to the commander, of AFCENT, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. He has traveled to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman and Kyrgyzstan, advising deployed Reserve airmen. Col. Limpert will speak on his observations in those places, and his combat tours.
Limpert is currently a Syracuse City Court Judge, having received his Juris doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 1988, and having served in private law practice for 20 years. He was appointed to the bench in November 2009 and elected to a 10-year term in November 2010.