Richard E. Buys, B.A., MS Retired Lt. Col USAF
Erie Pennsylvania.

Our September 2016 Meeting:
Meetings are held at the Erie Yacht Club in Erie PA and begin at 6:00 pm with a social hour and dinner, followed by our program/speaker. Enter from West 6th Street on Kahkwa Blvd, North to Virginia Ave, and turn right on Virginia Ave to the Yacht Club. Tell the attendant you are with the Torch Club.

Our Dinner Menu:
Dinner Menu: We will have a two Entrée Buffet, choice of, Crab Stuffed Sole and London Broil.

Our Guest Speaker:
Richard E. Buys, B.A., MS, Retired Lt. Col USAF, Erie Pennsylvania.

His topic will be "The Great War at Sea"

For reservations; please E-Mail the Torch Club Secretary at

"The Great War at Sea"

Our presenter for this evening is will be one of our own members, Richard E. Buys, Retired Lt. Col USAF.

His program title is: "The Great War at Sea". The topic will cover events and actions in the 19th Century and early 20th Century which led up to, and may have contributed to, the war which started in August 1914.

Although America only entered the war after it had raged on for two and a half years, her industry here in Erie had provided support to the Allies in the early years. Many of Erie's manufacturers, from General Electric to the Skinner Engine Company were heavily involved in providing equipment and ammunition to England and Russia.

Richard E. Buys, Lt. Col. USAF (Retired), has a BA degree in Geography from the University of Minnesota and an MS degree in International Relations from Troy State University.

Richard served twenty-eight years in the US Air Force as a transport pilot and as a reconnaissance pilot, was the Senior Staff Officer of the Air Board, NATO Military Agency for Standardization and a NATO defense planner and team member of the Harmonization Task Group negotiating the Conventional Forces Europe Treaty implementation.

Richard has traveled in, lived in or worked in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Viet Nam, India, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and all NATO countries.

Richard is a licensed Airline Transport Pilot. As a civilian he served as an advisor to the Royal Saudi Air Force and technical writer for US Airways. He presently serves as a Senior Advisory Officer at the Brussels-based European Centre for Defense, Security and Environment.

Please join us on September 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm, for our pre-dinner cocktail and chat time and remember to bring your friends and acquaintances. Reservations are required.

Please remember to make your reservation at