Each year HALO invites many special which range from a variety of backgrounds. From prior military service, to law enforcement, movie stars, professional athletes, popular singers/bands, CEOs and much more! If you never had a chance to meet some of our countries finest, most popular, or famous, you don’t want to miss an opportunity like this! Not to forget our awesome wounded veterans you would be supporting. This year we have the privilege in having the below special guest confirmed for our “Weekend to Remember!”
Ben Waldron, Law Enforcement Sales Manager for FN America, has been in law enforcement for over 21 years. Ben has worked with the DOJ in various Federal Task force groups from gangs to narcotics and has spent most of his career as an investigator. Ben is a SWAT instructor and a Texas Law Enforcement commission certified sniper. Ben has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security. Ben is married and has three kids and four step kids.
U.S. Army - Margaret Tiegen
Margaret Tiegen, wife of John “Tig” Tiegen, is a woman of courage and accomplishment in her own right. Margaret and Tig met in 1998 just before she enlisted in the United States Army where she served as a 63B light-wheeled diesel mechanic.
“Little but mighty” describes her military performance.
At a diminutive five feet two inches, Margaret exerted might through determination and a willingness to accept the challenges of her unit and compete with her fellow soldiers.
Margaret’s injuries resulted from her work as a mechanic on 5 ton trucks, Humvees and 2 and a half ton trucks as well as fuel tankers and water tankers; carrying replacement parts weighing up to 150 pounds over distances longer than a football field.
Demonstrating enthusiasm for all the opportunities offered to her unit, Margaret achieved her E-5 rank in just two years, won the truck rodeo on her base, and graduated first in her class for Vehicle Recovery. Margaret operated a huge military tow truck to recover up-ended trucks from ravines demonstrating her ability to operate heavy equipment with skill and accuracy.
The Tiegens were married shortly after she completed boot camp. Margaret deployed to Kuwait a few weeks after September 11, 2001 and completed her military service in 2002.
She returned to Kuwait as an overseas contractor for the next five years moving soldiers to and from camps in Kuwait and the “green zone” in Bagdad, Iraq.
While Tig continued his work as an overseas contractor, Margaret returned to Colorado to build their home outside of Colorado Springs. Doing much of the work herself, the home was completed in 18 months.
Currently, Margaret runs a small custom cake business from her home and raises their four-year-old twins with John “Tig”, her husband of 17 years.
USAF Col, Astronaut
Frederick Drew Gregory is a former NASA Astronaut and former NASA Deputy Administrator. He also served briefly as NASA Acting Administrator in early 2005, covering the period between the departure of Sean O’Keefe and the swearing in of Michael Griffin. As Acting Administrator, Mr. Gregory led the NASA team and managed its resources as NASA sought to advance The US Vision for Space Exploration.
In 2002, Mr. Gregory was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate as Deputy Administrator. In that capacity, he served as the chief operating officer for the Agency. He was responsible for directing and managing many of the programs as well as the day-to-day operations and activities at NASA. Prior to becoming the Deputy Administrator,Mr. Gregory served as the Associate Administrator for Space Flight from December 2001to August 2002. From June 1992 to December 2001, he held the position of Associate Administrator, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. He retired from NASA in December 2005 and has worked as an independent consultant he fully retired in January, 2010.
Mr. Gregory has extensive experience as an astronaut,test pilot,and manager of flight safety programs and launch support operations. He was selected as an astronaut in January 1978 and has logged 455 hours in space: as pilot for the Orbiter Challenger (STS-51B) in 1985, as spacecraft commander aboard Discovery (STS-33) in 1989, and as spacecraft commander aboard Atlantis (STS-44) in 1991.
Mr. Gregory retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force in December 1993 after logging 7,000 hours in more than 50 types of aircraft, including 550 combat missions in Vietnam. His almost 30-year Air Force career included serving as a helicopter pilot and as a fighter pilot. He graduated from the United States Naval Test Pilot School and served as an engineering test pilot for the Air Force and for NASA.
Mr. Gregory holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from George Washington University. He is a member or past member of numerous societies, including the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, American Helicopter Society, Air Force Academy Association of Graduates, the United States Air Force Academy Endowment, the National Technical Association, the Tuskegee Airmen,the Order of the Daedalians, and the Association of Space Explorers.
He was a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executives for 2003. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 16 Air Medals, Defense Meritorious Service Medal;the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal; his NASA awards include 3 Space Flight Medals, 2 Outstanding Leadership Medals, Distinguished Service Medal; other awards include the US Air Force Academy Distinguished Graduate Award, the National Intelligence Medal, the National Society of Black Engineers Distinguished National Scientist Award, the George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Award, the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science President’s Medal, Honorary Doctorates from the College of Aeronautics,The University of the District of Columbia, and Southwestern University. In 2004 and 2005, he was designated one of the 50 Most Important Blacks in Technology. He was also awarded the Air Force Association Ira Eaker Award, as well as numerous civic and community honors.
Married to the former Barbara Archer of Washington, D.C. until her death in 2008. They had two grown children and four grandchildren. He is now married to the former Annette Becke of Washington, D.C.
Harry E. Patterson Jr.
Patterson Auto Group, 2017 WTR Gala Auctioneer
Reared in Moore, Oklahoma, Harry Patterson is owner of Patterson Auto Group in Wichita Falls, Texas, Patterson Ford-Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep of Bowie, Texas, Patterson Kia in Arlington, Texas and is former co-owner of Star Dodge, Hyundai, Honda and Toyota in Abilene, Texas. His Wichita Falls dealerships include GMC Truck, Buick, Cadillac, Mercedes, BMW, Hyundai, Honda, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Kia Franchises. Harry acquired his first dealership consisting of Oldsmobile, Toyota and Mercedes Benz in 1979 with two mentor investors. The Patterson Auto Group dealerships employs over 400 associates. Patterson also owns The Patterson Recreational Vehicle Center, Economy Kars and Miracle Funding.
Thru Patterson Investments, Harry’s other business interests include numerous real estate holdings in several states, oil and gas operations, 4 P’s horse, cattle, goat and sheep ranches, bank ownership interests, Brand Talkers advertising in Oklahoma City, Ok and numerous ”Angel” partnerships.
Harry attended Oklahoma Christian College for two years and Oklahoma State University for another two years where he majored in Agricultural Economics. He got into business as a retail automobile salesman during a summer break from college. He never returned for the next fall semester; he knew after a couple of months that he had discovered his career.
Harry served in the U. S. Army where he was awarded the bronze star decoration while serving in Vietnam in 68 – 69 with the 5th Infantry Division Mechanized. Harry is actively involved in numerous veteran associations and endeavors.
Harry is a deacon of Faith Village Church of Christ and chairman of the Communication Ministry. He is Past President of Wichita Christian School and has served on the board for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Oklahoma Christian; on the board of Texhoma Christian Care Center, Wichita Falls; and past director of Wichita Falls Board of Commerce and Industry. He is past Area Director of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. He is Past President of the Wichita Falls New Car Dealer’s Association and is a member of the Better Business Bureau. He has served on the Board of Partners for Christian Education for 32 years and is currently National Chairman. He and his wife Brenda serve as volunteer ambassador speakers for Partners, which is dedicated to helping Christian schools and colleges all over the nation and abroad.
David W. Walker
President /CEO Coalition to Salute American Heroes
David W. Walker was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes in July 2012. He has been a member of the Coalition’s Board of Directors since 2005, and has served as its Chairman since 2009.
Prior to joining the Coalition as its CEO, Mr. Walker served for seven years as Vice President of Association Services for the McLean, Va.-based National Glass Association (NGA), the largest and most influential trade association serving the architectural glass, automotive glass, and window and door industries. Prior to joining the NGA in 2005, he spent 20 years with the National Association of Manufacturers, eventually becoming its Vice President of Marketing and Member Services.
Mr. Walker is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and earned his MBA with highest honors from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He later graduated from the Innovative Leadership Executive Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Management.
An 8-time World Champion Cowboy with 6 All Around World Championships and 2 World Champion Bull Riding Gold Buckles, Larry remains the All Time leading NFR qualifier in the rough stock events. He is a member of various Halls of Fame, including: PRCA, Texas Cowboy, Oklahoma City National Rodeo, Pendleton, Cheyenne, Ellensburg and St. Paul. The PBR Ring of Honor, PRCA Legend of Pro Rodeo and the Ben Johnson Memorial medallion are among the awards lining the office walls.
As a lifelong student of the magnificent horse, Larry is committed to sharing his passion and knowledge. Horses are an important aspect of the Mahan ranches. From the hill country of Kerrville, Texas to the North Texas headquarters and Central Oklahoma to the Colorado division nestled at the base of Pike’s Peak, most days will find Larry astride-starting colts, checking broodmares, gathering cattle or working with the seasoned ropers and cutters.
A 30 year member/breeder of the AQHA, Larry is an avid team roper (3 Steer Champion 2011 Reno Invitational) and successful cutting competitor-NCHA Derby non-pro Reserve Champion & Super Stakes finalist. He is also a member of the Western Dressage Association.
A closely knit family rounds out the picture with wife, Julanne-2 daughters, Lisa & Eliza and son, Ty. Adding to the fun are two Jack Russells, and old beloved cow dog, Ms. and a clueless Border Collie, Ivy.
Larry has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Milano Hat Company of Garland, Texas; manufacturers of quality Western hats for the Larry Mahan Hat Collection.