Dr. Richard P. Hallion, a senior advisor for air and space issues and director for security, counterintelligence and special programs oversight at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., will discuss the significant battlefield aerial attacks of World War II at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 8 in the McDermott Library Auditorium (MC 2.410) at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).
Hallion’s talk is free and open to the public and is part of the George W. Jalonick III and Mary Cockrell Jalonick Memorial Distinguished Aviation Lecture Series. The lecture is put on annually by the library’s Special Collections Department through an endowment established by the late George W. Jalonick IV in memory of his parents.
The lecture, titled “Herald of Victory: Battlefield Air Attack in the Second World War,” will examine the origins of specialized air-ground attacks during the Great War. Hallion will trace the method through the interwar years and explore what it accomplished in a variety of actual combat campaigns.
Prior to his appointment at the Pentagon, Hallion was a visiting professor at the U.S. Army War College and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
A reception will follow the presentation in the Special Collections Department on the third floor of the library. Seating is limited in the auditorium and there are no reservations. Please call (972) 883-2570 for more information.