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Lt Col Dan Rooney, USAF

Lt Col Dan Rooney is the founder of the Folds of Honor, an F-16 Fighter Pilot (1,800 hours of flight time) with 3 combat tours in Iraq, and a PGA Golf Professional. He is a Fox News contributor and host of the Fox Nation’s series “Fly Into the Wind.”
Fighter Pilot, PGA Professional, Patriotic Philanthropist and Author, A Patriot's Calling: Living Life Between Fear and Faith and Fly Into the Wind-How to Harness Faith and Fearlessness On Your Ascent to Greatness

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  • Motivation
  • Philanthropy
  • Christian Faith and Inspiration
  • Patriotism
  • Personal Growth and Achievement

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Lt Col Dan Rooney is the founder of the Folds of Honor, an F-16 Fighter Pilot (1,800 hours of flight time) with 3 combat tours in Iraq, and a PGA Golf Professional. He is a Fox News contributor and host of the Fox Nation’s series “Fly Into the Wind.”

As an author he has written two bestselling books, A Patriot’s Calling—Living Life between Fear and Faith and Fly Into the Wind-How to Harness Faith and Fearlessness On Your Ascent to Greatness. Lt Col Rooney was the motivational team speaker for two US Ryder Cup teams.

As a PGA Golf Professional, he started Patriot Golf Day to benefit Folds of Honor and founded two nationally ranked golf clubs, The Patriot Golf Club and American Dunes Golf Club in collaboration with Jack Nicklaus.

From humble beginnings above his garage, Lt Col Rooney started the non-profit Folds of Honor. Its singular mission is to provide educational scholarships to the spouses and children of wounded or killed military service members. In 13 years, Folds of Honor has provided 30,000 life changing scholarships totaling over $140 million dollars.

Lt Col Rooney continues his military service as aggressor pilot as a proud member of the 301st Fighter Squadron at Eglin AFB in Destin Florida. Rooney is a decorated military aviator; he is a two-time recipient of the Top Gun award and was honored with the Spirit of Attack award as a top graduate of F-16 training. He has received many decorations to include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Anti-terrorism Medal, Combat Readiness Medal and Air Expeditionary Medal. For his service and patriotism—Rooney was presented the White House's “Presidential Volunteer Service Award” by President George W. Bush, the Air National Guard's “Distinguished Service Medal”, the Air National Guard’s “Directors Service Award” and the Ellis Island “Medal of Honor”.

Lt Col Rooney is a Kansas University Distinguished Alumni, Significant Sigma Chi, and recipient of the Oklahoma Medal of Freedom. He was honored at The Masters Invitational with the “William D. Richardson Award” for his outstanding contributions to golf and received the PGA of America's first-ever “Patriot Award”. He has been recognized as one of People Magazine's “Heroes of the Year”, Money Magazine’s “Hero of the Year” and ABC World News Tonight's “Persons of the Year.” He was a CNN Hero and awarded the Fox Nation Ultimate Patriot Award.

He lives in Owasso, Oklahoma with his wife, five daughters, and three dogs.

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Fly Into the Wind: How to Harness Faith & Fearlessness on Your Assent to Greatness

CAVU is an Air Force acronym that stands for Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited. Translated, it describes the prefect conditions to be a fighter pilot, when steel blue skies invite them to spread their wings like a supersonic eagle. Fighter pilots cherish CAVU days because they know tomorrow can bring challenging conditions. Life is no different. In Fly Into the Wind, Lt Col Rooney shares a code of living that combines powerful tenets which helps you discover and seize your best life. Hyper-focused on the precise areas that are immediately under your control, CAVU is a disciplined approach to each day that will help you re-shape, motivate, prioritize and ultimately thrive. Along this enlightened path the audience discovers a renewed belief in themselves and the art of the possible. With a refreshingly humble spirit, Rooney utilizes a dramatic multi-media production as a back drop to the story of his personal life altering lessons of synchronicity, volition, go before you’re ready, and understanding that every day is defined by what you do when it doesn’t go your way.

A Patriot’s Calling: Leadership, Teamwork and Sacrifice

Speaking with conviction and as a man who has also found success in the military, philanthropy and professional golf, Rooney’s life experiences demonstrate lessons of faith, teamwork, trust, compassion and triumph.

From the outside, flying an F-16 jet looks like a very independent act, as it’s one pilot maneuvering one plane. But when you go into combat, fighter pilots in a squadron must form one unit that has a common mission working toward a common objective. As a pilot who served three tours of combat in Iraq, Lt. Col. Dan Rooney knows the importance of working as a team when the stakes could not be higher. In his powerful presentations, Rooney highlights the importance of personal accountability, working together and ultimately having the backs of your team when you are on the line. Having dedicated his life’s mission to founding and running Folds of Honor—a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to the spouses and children of military service members disabled or killed in action—Rooney speaks with authority as someone who lives his life in service of those who have served.

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