THE LATEST ON THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE
Our guest is Retired Navy captain and Republican congressional candidate in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, KEVIN “MAC” MCGOVERN.
Captain KEVIN “MAC” MCGOVERN was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He began his Navy career in August of 1971, taking the oath of office for the delayed enlistment program. In December of that year, Kevin commenced basic training at the Naval Training Center, in Orlando, Florida. After completion of his avionics class “A” school at Naval Air Station in Memphis, Tennessee, Kevin was designated an Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician. His first fleet assignment was to Commander, Fleet Activities in Okinawa, Japan. During his deployment to Okinawa, he volunteered to serve in several operations in support of the Vietnam conflict, including Operation Frequent Wind during the evacuation of Saigon. After serving 37 months in Japan at the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, and being promoted to 2nd Class Petty Officer, Kevin left active duty to pursue an education but remained affiliated with the Navy Reserve. After completion of his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering, he was employed by MartinMarietta Aerospace as the Electrical Lead Engineer at Vandenberg AFB, CA in support of the Space Shuttle launch complex. He re-entered active duty after one year to pursue a Navy commission where Kevin received his commission from the Aviation Officer Candidate School, in Pensacola, Florida. Since the attacks of 11 Sep 2001, Captain McGovern has returned to active duty several times, serving in engineering, acquisition, and operational billets at NAS Pt. Mugu/China Lake, California, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Kabul, Afghanistan. Due to his aviation, engineering, and leadership background Kevin was then recruited as the Deputy Director for Production, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. He led the joint effort between the U.S. and our international partners, the United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Norway, Denmark, and Canada. He was then ordered to Kabul, Afghanistan for a 14-month deployment as a Senior Staff Officer to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force, GEN David Petraeus. As a decorated veteran and successful businessman, Kevin is well suited to lead our nation in Congress. Kevin McGovern has the leadership skills, values, integrity, and experience that it takes to be the next US Congressman from Florida’s 7th District.
WAR HITS HOME FOR A UKRAINIAN-BORN, US-BASED RUSSIAN VODKA MAKER
ROMAN TALIS,CEO of Kruto Vodka; and Ukrainian-born, US-based vodka maker talks more about the Russian vodka market, impact on business and his thoughts on the ongoing invasion.