Prior Programs

Presented to the Fort Worth Westerners.


Oct. 15, 2019
LTC (RET) Richard Crossley, Jr.

Oct. 15, 2019: LTC (RET) Richard Crossley, Jr., "Texas Frontier Forts: Into the West"

"Texas Frontier Forts: Into the West"

FWISD cadets enrolled in Honors U.S. Military History and selected JROTC instructors will share with members of the Fort Worth Westerners their remarkable personal experiences visiting Fort Concho and Fort Davis, Texas. Cadets will share their insights on how environments, industries, geography, and culture of the frontier influenced the development of the southwestern United States. This staff ride afforded cadets an active engagement and a meaningful connection to Texas frontier fort history, challenging cadets to reflect critically on the causes and consequences of westward expansion and the U. S. military's role in the process.

Meet Lieutenant Colonel Richard Crossley

Lieutenant Colonel Crossley became the FWISD JROTC Director of Army Instruction (DAI) in July 2011. Under his leadership, FWISD JROTC was the first program in the nation to teach an Honors U.S. Military History Course, increased scholarships and appointments to our military Service Academies and assumed operational control of FWISD Outdoor Learning Center (OLC-LLC). He has served as the Senior Army Instructor and JROTC Department Chair since August 2000 at North Side High School, Fort Worth, Texas. He has served on the Campus Coordinating Committee (CCC), the Site Based Decision Making Committee (SBDMC), the Literacy Team, and service on the High School Redesign Leadership and Management Team at North Side High School.

Prior to becoming a JROTC instructor, he served as the Deputy Inspector General, AAFES HQS, Dallas, Texas. He is an Airborne Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi Army ROTC, Air Defense Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, Command & General Staff College, Senior Officer Logistics Management Course and the Inspector General Course, Fort Belvoir, VA. A native of McComb, MS, LTC Crossley began his military career as an enlisted soldier in the 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, NC. LTC Crossley served in myriad assignments, and he earned a Master of Public Service degree in 1992 from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

A 2017 recipient of the United States Army Cadet Command (USACC) Director of Army Instruction (DAI) of the Year Award and Bronze USACC Instructor Award, LTC Crossley is currently serving as a member of USACC Program Advisory Council (PAC). Actively engaged as a member of the U.S. Army Dallas Recruiting BN Community Advisory Council, he is a member of the Fort Worth Lone Star Chapter of Military Officer Association of America (MOAA); Charter member & current Scholarship Chair of North–DFW Military Officer Association of America; Member of both Dallas & Fort Worth The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW); North Texas Audie Murphy Chapter Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA); Member DFW World Affairs Council; Denton County Epiphany (youth/juvenile offenders), and a member of Fort Worth East Rotary Club.


Sept. 17, 2019
Jack Edmondson

Sept. 17, 2019: Jack Edmondson, "Colonel Bowie's Knife—The History of a Legend Forged in Steel"

"Colonel Bowie's Knife—The History of a Legend Forged in Steel"

Like the man who wielded it with such deadly effect on a Mississippi sandbar, the Bowie knife is enshrouded in far more romantic mythology than in documented fact. Who really made it? What did it look like? These and other questions have puzzled historians since before the fall of the Alamo.

Meet Jack Edmondson

In both his writings and his "living history" presentations, J. R. Edmondson views himself in the role of historian as storyteller. The retired history teacher has authored several books and over fifty magazine articles, most on aspects of Texas history. His book, The Alamo Story--from Early History to Current Conflicts, has been praised by reviewers as the "best" and "most readable" of all historical accounts devoted to the Texas shrine. Edmondson was a featured author at the 2000 Texas Book Festival and a member of C-Span's "Ultimate Alamo Panel," where his book was described as the "new standard on the Alamo." In 2010, the Alamo Studies Forum selected The Alamo Story as #1 of the "Five Essential Alamo Books." Nearly a decade later, in a list of "must read" books compiled by more than 600 members of the Alamo Society, The Alamo Story again fell into the #1 slot.

A native Texan, Edmondson graduated from Fort Worth Country Day School. He received his B. S. from the University of Texas at Austin and his M. S. from Texas Christian University. In appreciation for his contributions to Texas history, Edmondson was elected an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and Governor Rick Perry commissioned him an Admiral in the Texas Navy. Edmondson currently serves on the Tarrant County Historical Commission. He also is on the board of directors for the Texas Trail of Fame, the Friends of the Fort Worth Herd, and Log Cabin Village. Edmondson resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife, Susan, and their two dogs and three horses.