Presentation on Leadership and Introduction to Your Grateful Nation

When:  May 11, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Mass, Boston, MA

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We will also award the CFMA of Massachusetts Scholarships, and our First Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award to George Mastaby!

Beginning at 5:30 PM will be a cocktail hour where attendees will network with representatives from Your Grateful Nation.
Your Grateful Nation cultivates employment opportunities for Special Operations veterans, and works with these extraordinary individuals to equip them to Pursue, Secure, and Succeed in their next career. Our Special Operations veterans deserve the best. YGN believes that begins with a commitment to assist them as they pursue career opportunities outside of the military.  They offer Special Operations vets actionable steps to secure positions in a variety of companies and industries across the country. The transition process includes employment services, mentoring, and a variety of professional initiatives to enable their success.  There will be ample opportunity to learn more about this great organization and discover ways you and your company can support Special Operations Veterans through partnerships, mentoring, employment programs and financial support.    

At 6:30 P.M. we will convene to enjoy dinner and prepare for the presentations.  

At 7:15 P.M. we will present the CFMA of Massachusetts Scholarships to deserving students who are pursuing degrees in finance/accounting or in A.E.C. majors.  We will also be presenting our first Lifetime Achievement Award to George Mastaby,  who has shown long-term dedication and work towards the success of the chapter. 

At 7:30 P.M. there will be a presentation on Leadership, Team Cohesiveness and Motivation.  Our speaker is COL. Robert M. Kirila

COL Robert M. Kirila was born on March 22, 1969 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army in September 1991 following graduation from the University of Richmond, Virginia and served as a Platoon Leader in the 7th Infantry Division. In 1993, he was assigned to the United Nations Command-Joint Security Area where he served as the Headquarters Support Company Executive Officer. In 1994 Colonel Kirila was assigned as the Brigade Logistics officer for the Ranger Training Brigade in Fort Benning, Ga.

In 1997, COL Kirila graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). He served as a Detachment Commander, Assistant Operations Officer and Headquarters, Headquarters Company Commander from 1997 to 2002. Colonel Kirila then was assigned to work in the Army Compartmented Element at the United States Army Special Operations Command. Colonel Kirila then attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  

After graduating from CGSC in 2004, COL Kirila returned to 1st SFG(A). He served as the 3rd Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer and then as the FOB-13 Director in Iraq in 2006. Colonel Kirila was then assigned to the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School where he served as the Delta Company Commander responsible for running the legendary Robin Sage Unconventional Warfare exercise for the Special Forces Qualification course. From July 2007 to August 2009, COL Kirila served as the Director of Special Operations Proponency at the United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida. From October 2009 to September 2011, COL Kirila served as the Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Following command, COL Kirila deployed to Afghanistan where he served as the Deputy Commander of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan until the summer of 2012. Most recently, COL Kirila graduated from the U.S. Army War College as a Strategic Studies Fellow. While serving as the Deputy Commander at 7th Special Forces Group in 2015, Rob deployed forward again to Kuwait to Direct the Special Operations Liaison Element assigned to Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq & Syria).

COL Kirila received a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Richmond in 1991, a Master’s of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University in 2004 and a Master’s of Art in National Strategic Studies from the Army War College in 2013. COL Kirila’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf  Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. He has earned the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Combat Infantry Badge. His foreign awards include the El Salvadoran Parachutist Badge, the German Basic Parachutist Badge (Bronze) and the Canadian Parachutist Badge. 



Additional Sponsorship opportunities are available for this great event.  Please contact James Dinardi at 781-570-9705 if you would like more information.  


Seaport Hotel Boston
One Seaport Lane
Boston, 02210

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All Registrants $100.00


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