MemorialDay

Monday, May 28th, 2018 • 9 a.m.
Veterans Park 8601 Royal Palm Blvd.

Join us in remembering all veterans and their families who give so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today.

Guest Speaker: LTC Steven M. Bettner, USA (Ret.)

Steve was born and raised in Central Indiana. After graduation from Southport High School, he was appointed to the US Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in 1964 and was commissioned in Armor/Cavalry. After completing Airborne and Ranger Schools, he served as a Platoon Leader, Troop Executive Officer and Troop Commander in the 2d Cavalry Regiment on the East German border in Europe. He returned to the United States to be a Troop Commander with the 211th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division.

The Division rotated to Vietnam late 1967, just before the Tet Offensive. He later became the Squadron Adjutant. He was selected for the Armor Officer Advanced Course when he returned to the US. He had also been selected to be a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, followed by an assignment as Associate Professor of Math at the USMA, West Point. He graduated with a Master's degree in Applied Math and Physics. After the three year assignment, he returned to Europe where he served as a Tank Battalion Operations Officer in the 3d Armored Division and Aide-de-Camp to the V Corps Commanding General.

The next assignment led to Washington, DC, but he spent most of his tour in Ft Bliss, TX due to selection as the Operational Test Manager for the XM1 Tank, and subsequently all new armored equipment. After Program Management School, he was selected for assignment to the Army Staff, ODCSOPS as the Action Officer responsible for fielding the M1 Tank in the Army.

He retired in 1984. He then became an Army Marketing Manager for GE in Daytona Beach, FL in the Army Simulation and Training industry, Senior Director of Marketing for Reflectone in Tampa FL, and Senior Director of Marketing and Sales of Allied Signal Commercial Avionics in Ft Lauderdale, FL. He then started and headed a successful consulting company for 18 years.

He retired in 2013 and now serves as the President of the Broward County Florida Chapter of the Military Officer's Association of America. He also serves as a member of the Army Advisory Board of South Florida and Broward County Army Advisory Board, the Patriots Placements Founding Advisory Board, , and member of the Broward County Veterans Coalition. He is a distinguished member of the 1th Cavalry Regiment, Honorary Colonel of the Tornado JROTC Battalion at Pompano Beach High School and Honorary Colonel of the Eagle ROTC Battalion at Embry Riddle University.

He has spent his entire adult life working in and with the US Armed Forces. Steve's wife, Jean retired after 40 years as a Government Civil Servant, also working with the Armed Forces. She earned numerous awards in that capacity, most notably the Commander's award for Government Service. She is the Secretary of the Broward County Chapter of MOAA. They reside in Lighthouse Point, FL. Their three children, Steven, Jr., Rob and Tasha reside in, New Mexico, Florida and Colorado.

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