Austin Founder Lions Club

Weekly Luncheon & Program: The American Soldier

  • 10 Feb 2011
  • 11:55 AM - 12:59 PM
  • Wells Fargo Building, 400 W. 15th Street, 3rd floor Auditorium


  • There is no fee charged for a guest(s) visiting for the first time
  • Guests are charged a lunch fee of $15 for each visit after their first visit.
  • There is no fee charged for a guest visiting for the first time. Please present yourself as a guest at the registration table and we will gladly introduce you to the club.

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Weekly Luncheon & Program

The American Soldier
introduced by Lion Scott Hendrix
Colonel Kurt J. Pinkerton, U.S. Army, is currently participating in the Senior Service College Fellows program at the University of Texas at Austin.  He will speak to us on how soldiers and leaders learn to adapt to an operational environment in industry when their service time is complete.  Understanding the skills a soldier brings to those he or she serves helps foster a better understanding of the relationships between military and civilian organizations.

COL Pinkerton is from San Jose, California and is a graduate of San Jose State University .  His education includes a Bachelor of Science from San Jose State University and an MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University .  He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Office Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College .

COL Pinkerton took command of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment in July of 2005 where he prepared the battalion for deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.  The battalion was deployed in October 2006 to the Abu Ghraib area west of

Baghdad, Iraq until their redeployment in January 2008.  COL Pinkerton relinquished command in April 2008 and was assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 for the 1st Cavalry Division.  COL Pinkerton served as the Division G3 from April 2008 until June 2010, and during this time deployed with the Division from January 2009 through January 2010 in support of OIF 09-10.

COL Pinkerton’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, Ranger Tab, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.


COL Pinkerton is married to Mrs. Karol Pinkerton and has three sons.

Please register before noon on Wednesday
Speak with  Bob or Peter to cancel a reservation before noon on Wednesday

SPECIAL NOTE: The March 3rd Program committee invites all members of the Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club to celebrate Texas Independence Day (ONE DAY LATE) at the Bob Bullock Museum – Congress Ave. and MLK at 11:30 March 3rd.

Lunch will be served at the second floor café at 11:30, Spirit of Texas interactive theatre show at 12:00 noon, and a docent led tour of the exhibit floors to follow. Regular luncheon pricing applies to this meeting.

To get an accurate count for lunch and tours, you must sign up and pay at one of the next 3 meetings FEB 10, 17, or 24th.

A sign up log will be at the registration table each week. For questions, please speak with Lion Tommy Cowan 512.762.5317

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