Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association
Former House Sergeant-at-Arms Wilson “Bill” Livingood, who led the chamber through some of the greatest security crises in the history of the U.S. Capitol, retired in 2011 after seventeen years of service. The affable and low-key Livingood served with the Secret Service for 33 years before being appointed sergeant-at-arms in January 1995, standing as the top security officer on the House side during the tense moments of Sept. 11, the anthrax scares and the 1998 shootings of two U.S. Capitol police officers.
Livingood is a graduate of Michigan State University. Following a stint in the U.S. Navy, Livingood joined the Secret Service and was appointed to the Dallas field office in 1961. His assignments with the Secret Service included the presidential protective division and head of the Houston field office.

You are invited to the Program Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association at 9 a.m. on Parade Day (Monday, February 20, 2017). This year we are at the The Alexandrian (formerly the Hotel Monaco), 480 King Street in downtown Alexandria.

The featured speaker this year is retired four-star General John H. Tilelli Jr. During a distinguished 37-year military career, Tilelli became one of only 216 people in the history of the U.S. Army to be promoted to the rank of four-star general. He served as Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1994 to 1995, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Forces Command from 1995 to 1996, and Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command/Commander in Chief of the Republic of Korea and U.S Combined Forces Command/Commander of U.S forces Korea from 1996 to 1999. He served two tours in the Vietnam War, four in Germany and three in the Pentagon. His combat tours include assignments as a Company Commander in Vietnam and as Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division during the Persian Gulf War. After retiring from the Army in January 2000, Tilelli served as president of the United Service Organizations, and as chairman of the board of the Military Officers Association of America. Tilelli is a resident of Alexandria and currently serves as chair of the Widener University Board of Trustees, and is chairman and CEO of Cypress International, a consulting firm specializing in helping clients with business development related activities.

Plan on attending for a three-course breakfast, the presentation of the Ben Lynt Distinguished Service Award, and good fellowship on the morning of the George Washington Birthday Parade.

Tickets are available for $35 each.

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You may also mail payment to Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, P. O. Box 22505, Alexandria, VA 22304. For additional information contact Bill Kehoe via or by phone at 703-751-6416.