The Army veteran and former CIA operative spoke on Memorial Day at the Western Reserve National Cemetery outside of Akron, Ohio on May 29, 2012. Faddis focused his speech to the audience where over 19,000 veterans are buried, on remembrance and virtues demonstrated by our veterans;
- Character and
He illustrated each point with stories of real active duty service with members he knew personally. His closing remarks included a charge to the audience that they leave with a sense of obligation. The veterans have done their part, now it is our turn to answer the question, "What will we do for our country?
Charles S. Faddis, President of Orion Strategic Services, LLC is a former CIA operations officer with twenty years of experience in the conduct of intelligence operations in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe.
He has worked against the most dangerous terrorist organizations on the planet and has extensive firsthand experience with their methodology and tactics.
His last assignment prior to retirement in May of 2008 was as head of the CIA's terrorist Weapons of Mass Destruction unit. He took the first CIA team into Iraq in the Summer of 2002 in advance of the invasion of that country and has worked extensively in the field with law enforcement, local security forces and special operations teams.
Since retirement, he has written extensively and provided training to a wide variety of government and private entities.