2016 Speaker

COL, Albert J. Nahas, US Army, Retired

Born into an Army family, Albert Nahas, from his earliest recollection, was drawn to join the company of soldiers. He joined the Army in June 1967 as a Lieutenant from West Point and found his way to Vietnam in July 1968. Wounded soon after in the A Shau Valley at what a year later would be called Hamburger Hill, he worked his way back from a hospital in Japan to his same platoon in C Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. He spent eighteen months with that battalion until Feb 1970 as a platoon leader, reconnaissance platoon leader, company executive officer and company commander.

His twenty-six year military career alternated between infantry and engineer units, teaching at West Point, developing new weapons and equipment for the Infantry, and deploying for a brief time to Desert Storm. After retiring as a Colonel, he had success in manufacturing, power plant construction, and operating a global broadband telecommunications network. He founded and still leads Focused Leadership, a very successful executive coaching company. www.focused-leadership.com

Colonel Nahas is the recipient of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star for Valor with first Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart and several other awards, but takes the greatest pride in his Combat Infantry Badge, Senior Parachutist Wings, Ranger Tab and being a Screaming Eagle combat veteran. He is a registered Professional Engineer and author of the book Warriors Remembered, the only photo documentary of 100 Vietnam veteran memorials from all 50 states. Warriors Remembered has received the 2015 Excellence in Print Media award from the Texas Daughters of the American Revolution.

Colonel Nahas and his wife Carolyn currently live in Sugar Land, Texas.