In October 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Darling retiredfrom the United States Marine Corps with just over twenty years of active dutyservice. He flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm duringthe first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa, in support of Operation RestoreHope. In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with MarineHelicopter Squadron One and in October 2000, he was handpicked to work for theWhite House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in thatcapacity that Lt. Col. Darling supported the President, Vice President andNational Security Advisor in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)on September 11, 2001.
As a public speaker on Crisis Leadership and DecisionMaking, Bob has addressed numerous academic, government, and military organizations to include Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School ofGovernment and as a guest lecturer on Crisis Leadership at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Bob is the author of 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House, and the President and CEOof Turning Point Crisis Management-USA. He lives in Stafford, Virginia with hiswife and two sons.
PRESENTATION OVERVIEW: Lt. Col. Darling chronicles the above developments in his book: 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House, and shares the principles of crisis leadership and decision making with his audiences with an “edge of the seat” presentation that’ll take you from the moment the attack was realized, to the courageous decisions made to stop it, to the safeguards and policies our country now has in-place in an attempt to prevent it from ever happening again. This presentation is designed to ensure we, as a nation, never forget the events of 9/11/01, and to inspire all leaders to take the necessary steps to protect and safeguard their employees, organizations and their communities.