CW4 (R) Greg Coker was an AH-6 “Little Bird” attack helicopter aviator who was specially recruited, assessed, and selected in the Army’s only Special Operations Helicopter unit, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. He was one of the senior Lead Instructor Pilots and planner responsible for planning and executing special operations missions in support of our nation’s most elite special operations units. Achieved 5400 hours of accident free flying, over 4200 hours of Night Vision Goggles and 1500 hours of Combat time.
Supervised and directed teams of up to 200 soldiers in the planning and execution of numerous complex combat operations at the Joint Task Force level. Responsible for leading and planning scores of real world combat missions with significant tactical, operational, and strategic value during Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom with 100% success in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) conducting 11 combat tours 2001-2007.
- Distinguished Flying Cross
- Bronze Star
- Purple Heart
- Air Medal w/V for Valor
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
The Honorable Allen Clark
1963 West Point graduate, Allen Clark, served in Vietnam as a Military Intelligence Officer involved in undercover intelligence operations against Cambodia assigned to the Fifth Special Forces Group (the Green Berets). On June 17, 1967 he was severely wounded in a mortar attack at Dak To Special Forces camp in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam and required fifteen months of hospitalization for treatment after amputation of both his legs below his knees. He was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Air Medal and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He is airborne-qualified.
From 1979-1981 he served as Special Assistant to Texas Governor Bill Clements.
After nomination by President George H.W. Bush, he was confirmed twice by the United States Senate, once as the Assistant Secretary for Veterans Liaison and Program Coordination and then as Director of the National Cemetery System of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He retired in 2005 as the Public Affairs Officer of the Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System in Dallas. He was recognized as its 2011 Outstanding Veteran by the Texas Department Disabled American Veterans.
His lay ministry to veterans suffering from combat operating stress may be found at his website: www.combatfaith.com and www.combatfaith.com.blogspot.com. Also see You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VehcTFKz8KA&feature=g-upl.
His autobiography, Wounded Soldier, Healing Warrior, was published by Zenith Press. His interview on the Larry King program on May 17, 2007 may be viewed at his book website: www.woundedsoldierhealingwarrior.com. His second book, Valor in Vietnam: Chronicles of Honor, Courage, and Sacrifice: 1963-1977, was published by Casemate publishers in July 2012. (www.valorinvietnam.com). See also http://www.openroadmedia.com/allen-b-clark.
He is married to the former Linda Frost and lives in Dallas.