Keynote Speaker

2015 Speaker


General McNeill

General McNeill, a native of North Carolina, retired from the United States Army in 2008 after 40 years of active service and he and his family made the Fayetteville-Fort Bragg North Carolina area home among many friends made throughout a number of tours at Bragg. He has a distinguished record of service with notable assignments as Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division and Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg; Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia; and had his final assignment overseas as Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. GEN McNeill is a highly decorated former senior Army leader with combat experience in Vietnam, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

He has a BS and Honorary PhD from North Carolina State University and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.


2014 Speaker


Malcolm P. Branch

He brought significant management and engineering skills to a distinguished career as a Naval Aviator in the U.S. Navy.  During a 29 year career, he completed 10 extended deployments and had four award-winning command tours culminating in command of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington.  Previous commands included the Light Attack Weapons School (attack “Top Gun”), a light attack A-7 Corsair II squadron, and USS Mount Whitney, flagship of Second Fleet.  His wife Nancy was his indispensable partner in the care of crew families, an integral part of Navy life.  Personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal.

He is an Honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison; the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey; and the Navy Nuclear Power Program (with distinction) and a recipient of University of Wisconsin College of Engineering Distinguished Service Award.

Currently he is focusing his experience in community not-for-profit organizations.  He has been appointed by Norfolk City Council to both the Norfolk Airport Authority and the Norfolk Military Economic Development Commission.  He is the immediate past Chair of Norfolk NATO Festival Board; Past Chair of Norfolk Division of Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce;  Past Chair of American Red Cross, Coastal Virginia Region;  and a member of numerous local civic organizations including Rotary Club of Norfolk.


2013 Speaker


Dr. Kevin Murphy Bio


Kevin Murphy was born in Greenville, Pennsylvania. He attended Mt Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, and then entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. Upon completion of his undergraduate work he attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine graduating with his MD in 1987. Dr. Murphy completed his internship at Dewitt Army Hospital in Ft. Belvoir, VA. In 1993 he completed his orthopaedic residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine / Arthroscopy at the Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital in Columbus GA. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Murphy has had a very accomplished career serving as the Director of Sports Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC from 1996-2006. While at Walter Reed Dr. Murphy held various appointments which included Orthopaedic Consultant to the White House, the Pentagon, and Chief of Orthopaedic Service. During his tenure at Walter Reed he also held a dual appointment at Martin Army Hospital as Chief of Orthopaedic Service /Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon. Dr. Murphy is currently working in Jacksonville Florida as an Orthopaedic Surgeon with Heekin Orthopedic Specialists.