First Flight Military Officers Association likes to watch the lives of defense insiders – Reuters
The First Flight Military Officers Association likes to watch the life of a defense insider
Posted at 1:04 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2022
Members of the Kitty Hawk, First Flight Military Officers Association (FFMOA) gathered at Duck Woods Country Club in September to meet Chris Kelley Cimko and hear vignettes of his life and career in the American defense world.
A Washington insider with over 40 years of experience, Cimko entertained the assembled FFMOA members and guests with stories from her personal and professional life. She described her work on Capitol Hill, the Pentagon and as an executive at several major global communications companies.
Cimko also provided insight into the fascinating life and friendships of his illustrious father, USMC Gen. PX Kelley (ret.), a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who served as 28e Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. She shared stories and insights about her father’s close friendships with Presidents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush, and with General Colin Powell, dating back to their days together as young officers at Fort Benning.
Recalling her childhood with her father, Cimko explained that spending time with her father on the beaches of Camp Lejeune led to her lifelong love of the North Carolina coast. She now spends much of her time in Duck with her husband, John Cimko, a telecommunications lawyer.
After growing up on military bases across the country and attending 17 schools, Cimko made her way to Washington, D.C., where she held various positions in government and the defense establishment.
Cimko has served as spokesperson for the Secretary of Defense, director of communications for the Senate Armed Services Committee, director of communications for the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, and communications advisor to numerous defense companies, foreign nations, and international leaders. .
Cimko also led strategic communications for the organizations responsible for the construction of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, the Disabled Veterans Memorial and the Eisenhower Presidential Memorial.
Those interested in learning more about Kitty Hawk, First Flight Military Officers Association should contact Georgr Berry at 703-473-0528, [email protected]President of FFMOA Membership.
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