Top 10 Most Booked Keynote Speakers for Military Appreciation Month!

Posted by Alexis Washington

Duringbetter the month of May, all members of the U.S. armed services are recognized for their bravery and selfless risks that they take for our country. This is also a great time to educate others on the historical impact of our military, and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The following speakers have military backgrounds from all branches, and are the most booked on our site for this topic. With inspiring stories of triumph, courage and leadership, they would be perfect for your next event!


1. Rocky Bleier

rocky bleierNot long after Rocky Bleier was drafted to the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers he was drafted into the Vietnam War. After receiving life threatening injuries, Rocky fought his way back to health, and eventually became a starting running back for the Steelers. more

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Traveling From: Pennsylvania
Fee: $10,001-$15,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: Overcoming Adversity, Military, Football/NFL


2. Mike Abrashoff

Donald M. Abrashoff (Mike)When Mike Abrashoff became Commander of USS Benfold, it had low morale and poor performance evaluations. But within a year, Mike helped it become #1 in performance – using the same crew! more

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Traveling From: Florida
Fee: $20,001-$30,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: Military, Leadership, Team Building


3. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch

Consuelo-Kickbusch-231x300Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the US Army and leadership expert. During her time serving, she broke barriers and set records by becoming the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army. more

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Traveling From: Nevada
Fee: $10,000-$15,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: Education, Youth Issues, Military


4. Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

vernice-armourVernice “FlyGirl” Armour made history as the Marine Corps’ first African-American female pilot. The history making didn’t stop there, after serving two tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, she also became America’s first African-American female combat pilot. more

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Traveling From: Georgia
Fee: $15,001-$20,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: Motivational, Military, Leadership


5. Josh Bleill

josh bleillAfter 9/11, Josh Bleill was inspired to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the U.S. Marine Corps. While in service, Josh was in a bomb explosion and lost both his legs — but he didn’t lose hope and now uses his story to motivate and inspire others. more

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Traveling From: Indiana 
Fee: $10,001-$15,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: Religion & Spirituality, Military, Inspiration


6. Vincent “Vinny” Boles

vinny bolesAs a retired Major General US Army with 33 years of experience, Vincent “Vinny” Boles’ expertise is in leading people. He helps large organizations build their teams to accomplish the toughest tasks under the toughest conditions. more

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Traveling From: Alabama
Fee: $10,001-$15,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: Leadership, Patriotism, Military


7. Missy Cummings

Mary Cummings Pratt School of Engineering faculty studio portraitMissy Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994. As a naval officer and military pilot, she was one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots. more

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Traveling From: North Carolina
Fee: $10,001-$15,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: Technology, Science, Military


8. John Foley

John Foley 3John Foley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering. As a pilot, John was a “Top Ten Carrier Pilot” six times before becoming a Marine instructor pilot and a Blue Angel. more

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Traveling From: Idaho
Fee: $30,001-$50,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: Motivational, Military, Recruitment & Retention


9. Rorke Denver

rorke denverCommander Rorke Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa and other locations. He’s also a best-selling author of two books that answer the questions like what makes a hero, and why we fight. more

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Traveling From: Colorado
Fee: $30,001-$50,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: MilitaryLeadership


10. Carey Lohrenz

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation has allowed her to deliver insight and guidance on women’s leadership issues. more

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Traveling From: Minnesota
Fee: $20,001-$30,000 exact fee falls within this range 
Topics: Motivational, Military, Trending Motivational

For more information on booking military keynote speakers, check out or call our office at 1.800.345.5607.

Posted by Alexis Washington
Alexis Washington writes about expert keynote speakers and Motivational Speakers, as well as tips and tricks for corporate meeting planners. If you need a guest professional speaker or corporate entertainer for your next convention or conference, you can visit

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