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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

Date:  August 29, 2012


By: Tyler Lopez

24 Hours Inside the President's Bunker Book CoverLt. Colonel Robert Darling, author of 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker will present on crisis leadership at College of the Ozarks on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Jones Auditorium.

“Lt. Col. Darling has an amazing and unique perspective of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that he can share,” said Elizabeth Hughes, public relations director. “He literally witnessed our nation’s leaders securing our country, as they simultaneously searched for the culprit behind the attacks.”

In June 1998, Lt. Col. Darling was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One, and in October 2000, he was handpicked to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. In that capacity, he took care of travel logistics for President Bush.

After terrorists crashed airliners into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Lt. Col. Darling was ushered to the president's underground chamber at the White House. There, he took on the task of liaison between the vice president, national security advisor and the Pentagon. Throughout the attacks, he witnessed the unprecedented actions that leaders took to defend America. As Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and others made decisions at a lightning pace, he was there to lend his support.

In October 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps with just over 20 years of active duty service. In his early military career, he flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa, in support of Operation Restore Hope.

Students will be allowed priority seating for the event, but any seats left open will be available to the public free of charge.  For further information, please contact the Public Relations office at (417) 690-2212 or e-mail


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