121st Annual Carabao

Virtual Wallow

Is February 10, 2022, 18:00

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The Grand Paramount Carabao

Lieutenant General David A. Deptula (Ret.) is a highly decorated military leader, who transitioned from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in 2010 after more than 34 years of distinguished service. He is a world-recognized leader and pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat operations. He has accomplished several “firsts” in the command of joint forces, planning and execution of aerospace power, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), and improved international relationships. He has taken part in operations, planning, and joint warfighting at unit, major command, service headquarters and combatant command levels, and also served on two congressional commissions outlining America’s future defense.

General Deptula has significant experience in combat and leadership in several major joint contingency operations. He was the principal attack planner for the Desert Storm coalition air campaign in 1991. He has twice been a Combined/Joint Task Force Commander – in 1998/1999 for Operation Northern Watch where he flew 82 combat missions as a general officer, and for Operation Deep Freeze conducting operations in Antarctica. In 2001, he served as Director of the Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Enduring Freedom where he orchestrated air operations over Afghanistan. In 2005, he was the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) for Operation Unified Assistance, the South Asia tsunami relief effort, and in 2006 he was the standing JFACC for Pacific Command.

General Deptula was the first U.S. Air Force Chief of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). Responsible for policy formulation, planning, and leadership of AF ISR and remotely piloted aircraft (drones), he transformed those enterprises setting a standard emulated by services and nations around the world. He has piloted more than 3,000 flying hours (400 in combat) to include multiple operational fighter command assignments in the F-15, and also performed as an international air show pilot in the F-15.

In 2010, General Deptula received the Air Force Association’s highest honor in the field of national security. Defense News magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in U.S. defense.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, he earned his B.A. in 1974 and M.E. in 1976 both at the University of Virginia where he was a distinguished graduate from Air Force ROTC. He is a graduate of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Air Command and Staff College, and the Armed Forces Staff College.  He also holds a M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College. 

General Deptula is currently the Dean, Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies; the Risner/Perot Senior Military Scholar at the U.S. Air Force Academy Center for Character and Leadership Development; and the Grand Paramount of the Military Order of the Carabao. He is also a board member at a variety of institutions; an independent consultant; and a commentator world-wide on military issues; aerospace; strategy; and ISR.

A Brief History of the Military Order of the Carabao

The Military Order of the Carabao is one of the most unique organizations associated with our nation's military history. It was founded in 1900 to counter and satirize the very pompous Order of the Dragon, which was founded by those who had defeated the very short-lived Boxer uprising in China. This idea for a lampoon was conceived by several Army officers one night at the Army-Navy Club in Manila during the Philippine Insurrection. As with most jests, it contained a serious ingredient which gradually surfaced to eclipse the initial joke.

The Carabao Order came to epitomize the camaraderie that grows among members of the armed forces who face the dangers and privations of extensive military service far from home.

While the original spoof was real enough, the Carabao Order came to epitomize the camaraderie that grows among members of the armed forces who face the dangers and privations of extensive military service far from home. By the way, the effete Order of the Dragon was disbanded many years ago.

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121st Annual Military Order of the Carabao Wallow Goes Virtual

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Due to COVID, the 121st Carabao Annual Wallow is being offered Virtually on February 10, 2022 at 18:00 (6:00pm). 

The Virtual Wallow will be using the Virtual Tables Platform.  General Admission attendee will be able to view the Wallow Festivities and communicate via chatbox. 

If you choose the Virtual Tables Ticket Option on the Wallow registration page, you are choosing to be seated virtually with nine other guests at your own private table. During the virtual Wallow, you and nine attendees will be able to see and talk with one another using your computer or laptop onlyThe device you use must be equipped with a Webcam (camera) and microphone

We encourage you to invite friends, classmates, and associates to attend the virtual Wallow and have them select the Virtual Tables Option. Make sure you list the names of people in your group when you register and we will seat you at the same virtual table. Important Note, if you do not tell us who you want to be seated with, the Tabling Committee will assign seating arrangements like previous in-person Wallows.

The cocktail hour starts at 18:00 (6:00 pm) which is when you and your nine table mates will have time to mingle and catch up.The Virtual Wallow is scheduled to begin at 19:00 (7:00pm).

If you choose to opt out of the Virtual Tables Ticket Option, you will be patiently waiting for the Virtual Wallow program to begin at 19:00 (7:00 pm) as a General Admission attendee. All General Admission attendees can interact via chat box only and do not have the option to be seated at a virtual table using their webcam to interact with other guests. 

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