VIDEO: IMBC names Air Force fighter pilot as keynote speaker

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Maj. Dan "Noonan" Rooney, a fighter pilot with three combat tours in Iraq, a PGA golf professional and founder of the Folds of Honor, will deliver the second-day keynote at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference.

Held by the Association of Marina Industries, the IMBC is set to run from Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Rooney’s presentation, called "A Patriot's Calling: Powerful Lessons of Leadership, Teamwork and Sacrifice,” will take place on Feb. 2 at 8:30 a.m.

This 3:50 video highlights Folds of Honor, the nonprofit Rooney founded to provide educational scholarships for families of those killed or disabled in combat.

Rooney has served as the motivational speaker for two U.S Ryder Cup teams and is a Fox News contributor.

A decorated military aviator, Rooney is stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., as a member of the 301st Fighter Squadron.

He is a two-time recipient of the Top Gun award and has received honors that include the Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Anti-terrorism Medal and Air Expeditionary Medal.

"We were honored to have Major Rooney address our conference last year to introduce the Folds of Honor Foundation and the important work it does for our veterans of war and their families," AMI chairman Brad Gross said in a statement.

"He gave us a glimpse into some of his inspirational life experiences, and it was clear that he left us all wanting more,” Gross said. “We are pleased to have him return to open the second day of our conference. Major Rooney will share some of his very important life experiences that demonstrate lessons of faith, teamwork, trust, compassion and triumph. Lessons we can all benefit from."


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