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John Boyd: Erieite and Enduring American Hero

John Boyd: Erieite and Enduring American Hero
Dec 18, 2019     
Brian Lasher

Brian Lasher is a retired Navy pilot and strategic planner. He flew helicopter logistics missions in the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean and North Atlantic in the 1980s and early 90’s, and after leaving active duty he served eighteen years in the Naval Reserves. He was recalled to active duty three times following 9-11, including with the European Command’s Africa Division, at the Pentagon as part of the CNO’s crisis action team, and as a member of the Strategic Engagements Division of Multi-National Forces Iraq. Mr. Lasher earned a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College. He also completed courses at the National Defense University, the Naval War College and the Joint Forces Staff College. He is a national board certified social studies teacher and he currently teaches advanced placement courses in government and history at the Collegiate Academy in Erie. Mr. Lasher will present a program about John Boyd.

John Boyd is arguably the most consequential military strategist of the Cold War period. Indeed, some believe he is one of most influential military strategists of all time. He was truly extraordinary and his exploits are legendary and he was born and raised in Erie!

He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and his ideas influenced strategy for the Gulf War in 1991. Known as “40-Second Boyd,” he was considered the best fighter-pilot in the United States military, able to defeat any opponent in simulated air-to-air combat in less than 40 seconds. While just a captain, he wrote the “Aerial Attack Study” which became the first, official Air Force doctrine for air combat. He once snapped the tail off an F-86, and when investigated he was able to prove it was due to a design flaw in the aircraft.

As only a major at the Pentagon, he went toe-to-toe with colonels and even generals, out-maneuvering them to influence the design of the F-15, the F-16, the F-18 and the A-10, and his “Patterns of Conflict” briefs provided the theoretical foundation for the defense reform movement in the 1970s and 1980s.  After retiring, he worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Analysis and Evaluation, developing a work on the essence of creativity and ultimately his OODA-Loop Theory, which has been used in the fields of military strategy, sports, business and litigation.

Most people in Erie have never heard of him. Nevertheless, as Justice Felix Frankfurter once said, “wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.” It is high-time we remember and celebrate the remarkable contributions of John Boyd.

Rotarian Dr. Roy Strausbaugh will introduce Mr. Lasher.



Join All of Us PA - UPMC Health Data Study

Join All of Us PA - UPMC Health Data Study
Jan 08, 2020
Kristin Lazzara
Join All of Us PA - UPMC Health Data Study

Kristin Lazzara is the Director of Recruitment for the All of Us PA Research Program, launched by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Prior to joining the All of Us program, Kristin spent 10 years in the Department of Health Policy & Management at Pitt educating physicians, hospital staff, and community organizations on the process of organ donation. 

Kristin also has experience in the healthcare industry in physician practice operations and electronic medical record implementation working for Deloitte and Touche consulting and Allegheny Health Network.  

The speaker will be introduced by Rotarian Jim McEldowney.


Consider inviting potential members to join our club!

Take some time to reflect on your network of friends, colleagues, and associates from work, church, community, and social occasions. Then consider the following two questions:

  1. Who do you believe will potentially make a positive contribution to the Rotary Club of Erie and thus the community?

  2. Will the Rotary Club of Erie in return make a positive impact on their lives?

If so, then tell them about Rotary and educate them on the local and global benefits that the organization has on the lives of millions of people. Also enlighten them of the interaction they will have with wonderful people who share the philosophy of Service Above Self.

The following is from Rotary International:

Who can join?

We’re looking for people who want to give back to their communities.

Rotary clubs also welcome Rotaractors, Rotary Peace Fellows, and other members of the family of Rotary who qualify for membership.

How can I become a member?

Clubs accept new members by invitation. 

What are the benefits?

Becoming a Rotary member connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Through regular meetings and events, you’ll:

  • Discuss your community’s needs and develop creative ways to meet them

  • Connect with other leaders who are changing the world

  • Expand your leadership and professional skills

  • Catch up with good friends and meet new ones

Brian Lasher
Dec 18, 2019
John Boyd: Erieite and Enduring American Hero
No Meeting
Dec 25, 2019
Christmas Holiday
No Meeting
Jan 01, 2020
New Year's Day Holiday
Kristin Lazzara
Jan 08, 2020
Join All of Us PA - UPMC Health Data Study
Erie Mayor Joe Schember
Jan 15, 2020
Annual State of the City Address
Daria Devlin
Jan 22, 2020
Erie Center for Arts & Technology
Bob Chitester
Jan 29, 2020
Well Being and Happiness
No Meeting
Mar 04, 2020
Rotary Ethics Symposium at Mercyhurst University
Service Above Self & 4-Way Test Awards
Apr 15, 2020
Manufacturer and Business Association
Scholarship Foundation Award Presentation
Apr 22, 2020
Manufacturer and Business Association
Brenda Martin
May 06, 2020
North Star Mentoring of Erie County Independent Living Program
No Meeting
May 27, 2020
Memorial Day Holiday
No Lunchtime Meeting
Jun 03, 2020
Rotary Club Picnic
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