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Charlie Vono is a retired USAF Colonel and retired defense contractor senior manager who remains very active in Utah’s engineering community. Vono was aircraft commander on the KC-135 aircraft assigned to the SR-71 mission, Software Systems Chief in the USAF Space Program, F-16 Structural engineer, Ogden Air Logistics Center Staff, and PACOM Reserve Forces Division Chief. Charlie has 25 years of experience sustaining the nation’s ICBM force. As a “Cold Warrior” Charlie tell his stories of refueling the fastest manned aircraft ever built while placing it in historical context. Depending on the interest of the audience, he will likely tie in his other career experiences with space recon, nuclear missiles, and other Cold War missions. In retirement, Charlie writes and speaks about sustaining complex system, supports the SLC Comic Con K-12 STEM Booth, and helps his wife, “The Turtle Lady” rescue and raise almost 20 species of turtles.