Charlie Plumb

Charlie Plumb

Former Navy Fighter Pilot & P.O.W.
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The Power of Choice: In a daily routine, or in a communist prison camp, each of us has the choice to succeed, to fail…or to become the victim of circumstances.

Adversity: Viewed as opportunity and challenge, adversity encourages growth, and propels us beyond self-imposed limits.

Teamwork: In a world where downsizing forces us to do more with less, we must empower the team. “Packing parachutes” can mean the difference in survival. Yours, and your teams!

Change: Invariably, just about the time things feel comfortable, change hits. And whether that change is positive or negative it can be disturbing and difficult to adjust to. Yet, it’s during those times that ones true value shows up, in taking the risks necessary to adapt to change.

Empowerment: Each of us has assets we often times don’t tap into until we’re challenged. Whether or not we realize it, we each have the inner strength and resources to meet whatever business or personal challenges come our way.

Why Book Charlie Plumb?

  • He is a former Vietnam War captive who motivates and teaches audiences the qualities of survival and overcoming obstacles.

  • Since his return home, audiences in nearly every industry have been spellbound as he draws parallels between his P.O.W. experience and the challenges of everyday life.

  • Captain Plumb’s military honors include two Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the P.O.W. Medal.

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    Captain Charlie Plumb graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis and went on to fly the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful combat missions over Vietnam. On his 75th mission, with only five days before he was to return home, Plumb was shot down, captured, tortured, and imprisoned in an 8 foot x 8 foot cell. He spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner Of War in communist war prisons.

    During his nearly six years of captivity, Charlie Plumb distinguished himself among his fellow prisoners as a professional in underground communications, and served for two of those years as the Chaplain in his camp.

    One of the most sought-after achievement speakers of his time, Charlie Plumb’s presentations are as he is, sincere, straightforward, humorous, and tailored to motivate each specific audience he encounters. His insights on how to cope with the difficulties as well as the opportunities in life have a positive impact on those who hear his message, those who read his books, and those who come to know him as a friend.

    Following his repatriation, Plumb continued his Navy flying career in Reserve Squadrons where he flew A-4 Sky Hawks, A-7 Corsairs and FA-18 Hornets. His last two commands as a Naval Reservist were the on the Aircraft Carrier Corral Sea, and at a Fighter Air Wing in California. He retired from the United States Navy after 28 years of service.

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    "Phenomenal!  Charlie's keynote was not only inspirational (as expected), but it set the perfect tone for the remainder of the conference."
    --Department of Veterans Affairs

    "It was a pleasure seeing him again and hearing his message.  It's a message that always strikes a cord with any age or type of individual.  We all have to deal with adversity.  Probably not to the extreme condition that Capt. Plumb did, but how we choose to handle that adversity does effect us for the rest of our lives."
    --Automotive Finance Corporation