Author Captain Scotty Smiley, U.S. Army Ranger
Presented by Spokane College Women’s Association. On April 6, 2005, Captain Smiley lost the use of both eyes when a suicide car bomber blew himself up thirty meters in front of his Stryker vehicle. The Army Times named Captain Smiley its “Soldier of the Year” in 2007, and in 2008 he won an ESPY as the Best Outdoor Athlete. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Captain Smiley is the author of a memoir about his experiences entitled “Hope Unseen: The Story behind the U.S. Army’s First Blind Active-Duty Officer”. Reservations required by Jan. 20.