SPECIAL PRE-ORDER DEALS
General (Retired) Austin Scott Miller, Special Guest Speaker
General Austin Scott Miller recently retired after nearly 40 years in the United States Army. He supported, led, and shaped the most challenging national security issues at the highest levels of the United States government.
Throughout his military career Scott worked side-by-side with diverse, multinational teams. Most recently, he commanded all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. He is known for fostering a deep sense of trust among his teams through transparent communication, competence, and empowerment. His areas of expertise include building positive cultures that create inclusive, durable, and high-performing cross-functional teams. He knows that the right culture provides organizations a competitive edge and allows them to more readily adapt to positive change and growth.
As Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Scott directed U.S. operations in complex geopolitical regions including the Indo-Paciﬁc, Africa, Middle East, and South Asia. As the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Ft. Benning, he led the initiative to integrate women into the prestigious U.S. Army Ranger School; a signiﬁcant ad- vancement that laid the foundation for women to pursue top positions across the Army. He also commanded Assault Forces in Mogadishu, Somalia (Black Hawk Down).
Through Miller Advisory Group, Scott challenges and guides individuals and companies to in- crease their competitive advantage by understanding their business goals, leveraging and inte- grating technology, and being relentlessly adaptive to execute strategy. With four decades of crisis management experience, he applies lessons learned through optimizing individual and team performance to determine the best way forward in today’s complex world. He remains interested and active in the intersection of national security and commercial innovation.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps Senior Service College.
Shermichael Singleton, Master of Ceremonies
Shermichael Singleton is the co-founder of GunsOutTV, a political analyst, and host of a new show titled Screen Share on NBCs Peacock. Screen Share is a political show that brings conservatives and liberals together to discuss complex political and cultural issues. The premise and focus is to showcase the necessity for people on different ends of the political spectrum to talk. He’s also the host of Bigger than Politics, a radio show on Sundays at 1 PM and 9 PM EST on SiriusXM Urban View Channel 126.
He’s a columnist whose writings have been featured in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Boston Globe, The Hill, and The Washington Examiner name a few.
As a political strategist, advisor, and opposition researcher, he’s worked on the presidential campaigns of Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Dr. Ben Carson, in addition to dozens of federal, state, and local campaigns across the country. He also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development to Secretary Carson. In 2019, he was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 for Law and Policy and is a graduate of Morehouse College.
Judge Bill Gravell, Williamson County Judge
General Robert B. Neller USMC (retired), 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps
General Robert B. Neller served as the 37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps from September 2015 to July 2019.
He retired from active duty in 2019. A native of East Lansing, Michigan, Neller graduated from the University of Virginia in 1975 with a degree in history and speech communication. He later earned a master’s degree from Pepperdine University in human resources management. After graduating from Virginia, Neller went directly into the Marine Corps via the Platoon Leader Class.
A career Infantry Officer, Neller has commanded from Platoon through Service Component HQs. He has been assigned as a General Officer in each of the three USMC active infantry Divisions and commanded the 3rd Marine Division. He is a joint qualified Officer having served in Europe at SHAPE as a NATO staff officer and as the J3 of the Joint Staff. Operationally, he participated in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In OIF 05-07 during 2006, he served as the Deputy Commanding General for Multi-National Force West in Iraq’s Anbar Province.
He has attended the USMC’s Basic School, the Army’s Armor Officer Advanced Course, USMC Command and Staff, the NATO Defense College and the Armed Forces Staff College.
Upon retirement he moved to the Austin, Texas area where he is involved in consulting, teaching, motivational speaking and serving as the Chairman of the Board of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
Major General (Retired) Mark O’Neil
Major General (Retired) Mark O’Neil started the O’Neil Network during his transition from a distinguished 33-year career in the U.S. Army. Combat-proven and decorated, Mark is continuing his lifelong work through the O’Neil Network – assessing potential, selecting leaders, and helping people and private-sector organizations develop and improve through leadership lessons that can be applied to today’s business environment.
Mark has a demonstrated track record of adding value – connecting passion with purpose, developing teams, inspiring audiences, and building enduring relationships. He assessed, selected, trained and led the most elite special operations organization in the world, solving our nation’s most complex and dangerous problems. Comfortable in crisis action planning in competitive, dynamic, and high-risk environments, Mark energizes leaders by inspiring them to act with disciplined initiative. Mark consistently establishes a culture where teams strive to be proactive, focus on priorities more efficiently, and optimize problem-solving skills.
Mark’s extensive leadership experience with conventional and special operations units has made him an expert at hands-on crisis management. During 16 years with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Mark became adept at working in changing and stressful environments. He is an expert at managing ambiguity in decision making, with a deep understanding of what it takes to lead in the face of uncertainty.
He has consistently emphasized that relationships matter and has built enduring international connections throughout his career. As the Deputy Commanding General - Operations for 10th Mountain Division, Mark leveraged strategic planning, leader interaction, and blending of ideas to create and sustain partnerships across conventional, interagency and special operations portfolios. He simplified the complex to focus on the mission – achieving unified goals with measurable outcomes while facilitating a streamlined approach to organizational competency.
Through Mark’s vision, mission and priorities as two-star commander, combat formations across 11,000 personnel in three separate Alaskan locations increased lethality, readiness, and deployability status for worldwide contingencies. The result: all combined arms maneuver formations within his command met or exceeded standards.
Mark and his wife Wendy are the proud parents of Taylor O’Neil (30) and Staff Sergeant Riley O’Neil (26), currently serving as an Airborne Ranger in 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
1ST ANNUAL CELEBRATING HEROES WEEKEND BENEFITING FALLEN BLUE
The 1st Annual Celebrating Heroes Weekend will be held at the new Staccato Ranch and the future site of the Staccato Production Facility in Florence, Texas.
The purpose of the event is to celebrate, support, and give thanks to our Law Enforcement and Military heroes. The weekend will be filled with fellowship, family friendly festivities, unique training, and competition experiences. This event is by invitation only and tickets are limited.
The proceeds from each Celebrating Heroes ticket will go directly to Fallen Blue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Formed by a group of citizens, Fallen Blue supports families of fallen officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting their communities. Through nation-wide grants, Fallen Blue works to ease the financial burden of families across the country because the officer’s family should not have their grief compounded by financial problems. All administrative expenses of the charity are covered by the generosity of a founding donor so donations may be directed to Fallen Blue’s mission.
Fallen Blue Heroes, Inc. (d/b/a Fallen Blue) is an IRC Section 501(c)(3) public charity.