February 12, 2012
The Daedalian General Membership Meeting was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in North Austin on Thursday, 9 February 2012. It was a dinner meeting with coat and tie.
Following the social period, Flight Captain LtCol Ron Butler called the meeting to order at 1910 Hours. After the invocation and pledge of allegiance, Provost Marshall, Mike Rhodes, toasted our departed brothers and sisters and the Commander-in-Chief. The Flight Captain led a toast to our guests.
A list of guests follows:
Mary BoyceJ Ward Boyce
Gloria Buckman Louis Buckman
Bonnie Burris Darrel Burris
Pat Mahaffey Darrel Burris
Martha Davis Ronald Butler
Jane Day Art Day
Jojo Edwards George Edwards
Charlotte Firestone Kenneth Firestone
Richard Gruver Neil Gruver
Dr. Marion Mark Ronald Butler
Dr. Rufus Mark Ronald Butler
Dr. Hans Mark Ronald Butler
Dolores McLain Roger McLain
Frances Pearce William Pearce
Janie Williams David O. Williams
Mary Donahue Dean Caswell

Attendance was a total of 54 members and 16 guests. $ 272 was collected for the raffle. Guest Hans Mark donated $ 500.
The dinner entrees were roasted prime rib, and champagne chicken. Following dinner, the Flight Captain reconvened the meeting. A motion was made and seconded to accept the Minutes of the past meeting as written.

 Flight Captain Ron Butler introduced friend of the flight, Dr. Hans Mark, He gave Flight 38 a presentation on "Dealing with Emerging Threats: an Air Force Challenge". Here are some of the high points of his briefing.
China is the only country that poses a threat to the United States in the far tem. They are well on their way to becoming the world's number one economy by 2020. They are building a strong blue water navy along with significant ballistic missiles can easily dominate maritime trade by 2050.
In response, we should maintain the most capable navy in the world supported by long range air power. We should expand our strategic bases around the world and continue space surveillance and dominance. Politically, we should develop and maintain strategic alliances with many countries to include India, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines.
Our best strategy is to avoid a land war and develop new technologies to support sea and aerospace power.
In the near term, the interruption of oil could produce an existential threat to the industrial nations in Europe and to Japan. We need to vigorously explore world wide for new oil and gas resources to reduce the importance of the Persian Gulf.