You will find both Morning & Afternoon Programs that will bring home the message that We Will Never Forget.
Riding or not … you won’t want to miss either of these emotional tributes to those who serve, have served, paid the ultimate sacrifice and the families that support them.
Barry Winslow will deliver a powerful salute to Vietnam era veterans during the morning program. Having personally served in Vietnam during 1970-1971, Winslow has an intimate knowledge and perspective of these veterans’ experiences.
Distinguished Military Grad – Ohio State University ROTC
Graduate Armor Officers School – Ft. Knox, KY
Graduate Electronic & Cryptologic Warfare School – Ft. Devens, MA
1st Lt./Intelligence Officer 509th Intel Group – Viet Nam 1970-71
Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry
Discharged Captain US Army
Vice-Chairman, TCF Financial Corporation (retired)
Board Member Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund
BoardMember Sit Mutual Funds
Board Member TCF Financial Corporation
BA, MBA Ohio State University
Graduate Banking School Rutgers University
As a 32-year veteran of law enforcement, Sheriff Stanek began in the Minneapolis Police Department, rising through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Commander of Criminal Investigations. While serving as a police officer, Sheriff Stanek was elected five times to the Minnesota State Legislature. In 2003, he was appointed as Commissioner of Public Safety & Director of Homeland Security for Minnesota.
Throughout his career, Sheriff Stanek has been committed to connecting at-risk kids with positive role models. Sheriff Stanek also serves in leadership positions with several national organizations. The U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Sheriff Stanek to FirstNet, which is working to develop a wireless broadband network for public safety nationwide. He is on the board of directors for the National Sheriffs’ Association and is also the immediate past president of the Major County Sheriffs’ Association.
Sheriff Stanek earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University. He and his family live in Maple Grove, MN.
Norman Bixby joined the Army Air Corps (which later became the Air Force) in late ’44. At that time, his older brother Glen was already fighting in the war. Norman was trained as a B29 Bomber radio operator and gunner. While he was attending Radio School, learning Electronics and Morse Code, the European war came to a close. When Ned returned to his room one day in 1945, there was the telegram from his father Jake, stating that Glen had been killed in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Ned was granted furlough to join his family for the funeral. When Ned returned to duty in August of 1945, he was in the pipeline to go to Asia just as the Atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. With the loss of Glen on his mind, Ned was sent to the Marshall Islands (Kwajalein Atoll) where he served as a B29 radio operator, helping to direct planes back home to the U.S. There he stayed until the end of the war and return of the troops from the Pacific Theater.
The Patriot Ride will recognize and remember the 1,741 American personnel listed by the Defense Department’s POW/MIA Office as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. We are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and imprisonment.
Radio Personality Brian Zepp has been our MC for a number of years (rain or shine). He himself is a veteran and a true supporter of the cause. Brian brings a pers