Oklahoma Service Organization of the Year
Oklahoma Patriot of the Year
Oklahoma Veteran Employer of the Year
The Oklahoma Veteran Alliance Dinner will be hosted by News on 6 Anchor Kristen Weaver. Kristen is the weekend morning anchor at KOTV and reports during the week. Kristen loves telling stories from Oklahomans and is excited to help with the success of this event.
Brigadier General, USAF, Retired Ben T. Robinson
In 2019, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt appointed Ben T. Robinson as the Oklahoma Secretary of Military and Veteran Affairs. In this position, Ben was responsible to the Governor for the successful execution of the Governor’s policy and guidance to state veteran agencies and support of Oklahoma’s military installations and the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Committee. Ben served in this position from April, 2019 until January, 2022.
Prior to his Cabinet position, Ben was the founder, owner and president of Sentry One LLC, an aerospace consulting company. Sentry One LLC had clients in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.
Prior to founding Sentry One, Ben was a Boeing Executive, Program Manager, Director of Boeing Aerospace Operations, and the Site Executive of Boeing site in Oklahoma City, OK.
Ben retired from active duty with the U.S. Air Force as a Brigadier General in 2002. His nearly 34 years of active duty service includes combat operations in both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. Ben commanded two flying wings, two flying groups and a space center. He was a director on the USAF Air Staff and the Vice Commander of Eighth Air Force. He held a command pilot rating with nearly 5,000 flying hours in a variety of fixed and rotary wing aircraft with over 150 combat missions.
Ben earned his bachelor's degree in Industrial Management from Eastern New Mexico University and a master's degree in Industrial Management from Central Michigan University. In addition, he completed a one year course of study with MIT as an International Relations Fellow.
Ben sits on a variety of boards such as New View Oklahoma, Atec, Inc, Project Lead the Way, the National Science Foundation, Applied Silver and the USO. Ben is a docent at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK.
Ben and his wife Linda reside in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They are active members of the Crossings Christian Church. They have four children, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Sponsoring the Oklahoma Veteran Alliance Dinner brings resources to veterans in need across the state. We rely on donations from our community to sustain our work walking alongside veterans in their transition home. Thank you for believing in our mission!
ABOUT THE OKLAHOMA VETERAN ALLIANCE
Oklahoma Veteran Alliance (OKVA) is a statewide network of veteran service providers, advocates and champions that work together to identify methods to help veterans transition into civilian life and access resources and healthy social connections. Emphasizing both the need for relationships and resources is a research-based best practice that empowers veterans and effectively reduces rates of veteran suicide. OKVA is facilitated by the Community Service Council, a Tulsa-based nonprofit social services agency.
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