Freedom Care Warrior Project



Jon Van Winkle (middle)

Jon Van Winkle is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Freedom Care Warrior Project.  Though Jon has no military service of his own, his life has been greatly impacted by family members and friends that have served and sacrificed so much.  His passion and vision are the reason Freedom Care Warrior Project exists today.
Mr. Van Winkle is the Vice President of MedCare Medical Supply Company in Graham, TX.  He earned his B.S. in Kinesiology with a Minor in English from Tarleton State University.  He and his wife Tiffany have been married for 10 years and have two children Jack and Sloan.

Jon has played organized team sports most of his life including collegiate baseball at San Jacinto Junior College, St Mary’s University in San Antonio and Tarleton State University.  This team concept has carried forward with Jon and is the foundation upon which he has organized the Freedom Care Warrior Project.  He believes that if everyone involved does their part in helping, the whole team will win and the Freedom Care Warrior Project will be successful in accomplishing its goals.

Mr. Van Winkle enjoys being active in his community through the Rotary Club of Graham, the Graham Chamber of Commerce and youth sports leagues.  Jon’s hobbies include hunting, fishing and golf.

Ret. Colonel Gerald Knox Bishop served over 25 ½ years active duty in the United States Air Force. During his career Col. Bishop served as a Command Pilot; and as a planner, programmer, war-game & systems analyst, and congressional actions advisor at Major Air Command and HQ Air Force levels. He has also served as Exec to the Commander in Chief, Strategic Air Command (who also functioned as the Joint Chiefs of Staff‘s Director of Strategic Target Planning, responsible for the nuclear war plans of our country).
In his career he participated in the planning of the full range of issues that include:

    • National nuclear policy and arms control
    • Air Force-wide mission area analyses
    • Air Force war fighting force structure and its supporting systems
    • And the programming, budgeting & congressional support planning they required. 

Knox Bishop

He was intimately involved for over 25 years with our most advanced technologies, from stealth bombers & cruise missiles, to advanced ballistic missile and space systems, including third generation trans-atmospheric vehicles.
He served as Vice Commander of the 384th Bomb Wing flying B-1Bs & KC-135Rs at McConnell AFB, Kansas, for two years. He then returned to Washington, D.C. and HQ Air Force until August 1991 as Director, Strategic & Global Force Analyses.  After leaving the Pentagon, he served as Director of Administration, and Installation Commander, at the HQ Army and Air Force Exchange Service in Dallas, until his retirement from active duty in November 1993.
Some of Col. Bishop’s accomplishments include:

  • Over 3,000 flying hours in 10 different aircraft
  • For 489 days during 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973, he flew 119 combat missions in Southeast Asia in the B-52, including the "Eleven Day War" over Hanoi.
  • He has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Six Air Medals for his combat service.
  • He helped plan and analyze the effectiveness of strike and support sorties for the first Gulf War.
  • He has also served as president of four different Aircraft Safety Investigation Boards.
Col. Bishop's civilian educational background includes a BA in Government from The University of Texas at Austin,where he was an Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduate in 1968.  Col. Bishop earned his MA in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University.

Col. Bishop’s military education includes:
Air War College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Air Command & Staff College, the Squadron Officers School (Distinguished Graduate), and Strategic Air Command Safety/Accident Investigator Course.
He has published aviation history articles for the "Journal” of the International Plastic Modelers Society since 1966, and has published military history articles in "Campaigns" magazine as well. He taught the history of aviation for Mountain ViewCollege’s Professional Aviation curriculum in Dallas for 9 years. He created and presented 46 aviation history programs totaling over 2,400 pages for The Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, and taught nearly 210 hours of aviation history courses for the museum’s Docent corps. He also teaches college credit American History to traditional college & dual credit high school students.
He is married to his high school sweetheart, Becky, of Graham, Texas, and they have two married adult daughters, and three grandchildren.
His interests include flying, aircraft history, illustration and model making. He enjoys teaching, having taught aircraft systems & operational tactics as an Instructor Pilot in the Air Force, Adult Bible study in his church, high school & college  level history, and college level aviation history & business personnel management.


David Nolette

David Nolette– At age 17, Mr. David Nolette was a ward of the State of Pennsylvania who later enlisted Mr. Nolette in the U.S. Army in December, 1947 in Fort Dix, NJ where he completed his basic training.  He then went on to Advanced Basic Training and was reassigned to Fort Knox, KY for Tank Training.  Mr. Nolette was then shipped overseas to Europe in 1948 with the 3rd Infantry Division as part of the constabulary whose job it was to police the area. 

Mr. Nolette was also a dragoon, who was a personal guard to General Eisenhower.  Nolette returned to the U.S., from Europe, in 1951 and was stationed at Camp Irwin, CA as a drill instructor.  He was then reassigned back to Europe where he spent the remainder of his tour with the 3rd Infantry Division Tank Corps on the border in Mainz, Germany.  Mr. Nolette was discharged in 1958 in Fort Devens, Mass. 

Mr. Nolette and his wife are now retired and live in Graham, TX.  Mr. Nolette is an active member of the American Legion.

Dana Lindley entered the Army October 20, 1987 and completed Basic Training, AIT and Airborne School at FT Benning, Ga., and then was assigned to D Co 2/504 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division at Ft Bragg, NC.  While with the 82nd he participated in Operation Just Cause and in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  Lindley earned the Bronze Star for Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Southwest Asia Service Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Lindley attended Texas Tech where he took courses in Architecture/Engineering and Midwestern State University studying Engineering.  After leaving the Army he returned to Graham and worked in construction and has been with Hub Machine & Tool for the past 18 years.


Dana Lindley (Cowboy Hat)

Lindley served on the board and as President of the Graham Rifle and Pistol Club.  He has been married 24 years to his wife Connie and has three daughters.

BG William Crews McCulloch was appointed National Commander of the American Volunteer Reserve in September 2005 upon the retirement of National Commander, Michael R. S. Teilmann.  McCulloch previously served as Commander of the 6th Brigade, American Volunteer Reserve, covering New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

McCulloch’s military experience includes more than 24 years of duty in a variety of command and staff positions with the active Air Force and Army; Army Reserve; Texas State Guard; and contract work for the Department of Defense.

During Vietnam, he was requested to combat test a new experimental rifle, the XM 16.  He received a special commendation from Army Ordnance for making 5 recommendations for improvement to the rifle that were approved and incorporated when it was type classified as the M 16 Rifle.  Many of his personal combat experiences are recorded in two books by Jim Morris, (1) War Story and (2) Fighting Men, plus two documentaries on the Green Berets and an Army Training Film on Guerilla Warfare.  His military decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star W/OLC, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal W/OLC, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, and numerous Service Medals.


BG William Crews McCulloch


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