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Veterans Coming Home Awards Banquet

November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 Holiday Inn Wichita East (549 S. Rock Rd.)
Keynote Speaker – Mark “Oz” Geist

  • Co-Author of “13 Hours”
  • Member of Benghazi Annex Security Team
  • Marine Corps Veteran / First Responder

Mark “Oz” Geist is a co-author of the bestselling book “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.” He finished his career as a security contractor in Benghazi, Libya, where he was credited with helping to save the lives of more than 25 Americans. As he shares the details of the moments, decisions and results of the historic day, Geist demonstrates his powerful life and leadership lessons using the facts portrayed in the NYT’s best-selling book and movie, “13 Hours.” Engaged in a firefight and out-manned, Mark and his team bravely battled all night for the safety of those they had been tasked to protect. Through teamwork and execution, Geist and others rebuffed multiple attacks. Badly wounded and facing a final assault, Geist demanded of himself “get up or die.” This choice required selfless service to the team and, ultimately, assisted in saving many lives. The 13 hours of assault dramatically impacted the lives of those serving in Benghazi and resulted in the loss of an American diplomat, Ambassador Stevens. Geist is still recovering from the injuries he sustained in the battle.

  • At the Veteran’s Coming Home Banquet, we will recognize four outstanding veterans and a local business that supports veterans.
  • Nominate a deserving veteran by Oct. 9.
  • Purchase banquet tickets by Nov. 6. ($100 each/$900 per table of 10.

For an additional $50, you may purchase a V.I.P. ticket which includes a signed copy of “13 Hours” and an invitation to a meet & greet with Mark Geist.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
To recognize a veteran, purchase tickets or for more information about this event, go to www.kpts.org


November 9, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


KPTS Channel 8


Holiday Inn Wichita East
549 South Rock Rd.
Wichita , KS 67207 United States
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