November 6, 2019

The Saluting Our Heroes Luncheon honors the men and women who have served our country, while building awareness of the needs of returning service members. The event highlights opportunities and resources available in Utah to assist service members as they transition back to civilian life. There is no cost to guests to attend this event. In order to help U.S. service members discover their abilities, a minimum donation of $100 is kindly requested during the luncheon.



2018 Keynote Speaker:

Lieutenant Colonel Tres C. Smith (ret.)

United States Marine Corps

Tres Smith is a 1995 graduate of George Mason University, where he received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Earth Systems Sciences and was subsequently commissioned as a United States Marine in September 1995. He has recently retired after more than 23 years of service and is currently employed with the Federal Aviation Administration working under the Director of National Security and Incident Response.

As a Marine, LtCol Smith’s operational assignments include: multiple positions within the Operations Department, a Forward Air Controller, the Director of Safety and Standardization, the Operations Officer and the Executive Officer where he participated in several deployments in support of humanitarian assistance, Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) and multiple deployments in support of OPERATION IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM.  His final operational assignment was as the Commanding Officer Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-369 during his final deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in May of 2014.

LtCol Smith’s staff assignments include; The H-1 Resource Sponsor, within the CNO Air Warfare Directorate, responsible for the development and management of annual budgetary requirements for the H-1 upgrades program. The Joint Staff (JS) within the J3, J33, Homeland Defense Division as the Joint Operations/Theater Security Branch Chief. His responsibilities included Global Force Management resourcing in support of DoD Homeland Defense responsibilities and as the cross functional integrator and central conduit within the Joint staff to align initiatives within the interagency, JS, OSD, Services and Combatant Commands to develop National Policy and regulatory framework in the development of National Security Strategy to address the emergent Counter – Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-sUAS) challenges.  His final assignment was in the Office of Legislative Affairs where he served as a Strategic Analyst responsible for developing and coordinating the annual Marine Corps Legislative Engagement Strategy and as the Director of the USMC Congressional Fellowship Program and Congressional Liaison Officer.

LtCol Smith’s professional education includes Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Marine Corps receiving a Masters of Sciences (MS) in Military Studies and the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy where he received a MS in National Security and Resource Strategy and was awarded the Commandant’s award for the best Long Term Strategy Paper, “Asia-Pacific Balance in 2040: The Relevance of the Philippines.”

LtCol Smith’s personal decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with combat distinguishing device, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star), Air Medal with strike/flight numeral “11” and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with three gold stars).



Become a Table Captain

Table Captains are key to the success of the National Ability Center’s Saluting Our Heroes luncheon. As a Table Captain, you will invite 9 guests to join you at your table of 10.  There is no cost to you or your guests to attend our luncheon. Donations are kindly requested during the program. Table Captains help the National Ability Center connect with new supporters who are interested in learning about our programs, have connections to organizations that help service members or veterans, or may benefit from our military focused programs.

To become a Table Captain, please contact: or 435.649.3991

Can’t attend the luncheon? Sponsor a Soldier.

About the National Ability Center

For over 30 years, our continuing mission has been to provide programming that empowers participants of all abilities – including athletes, veterans, adults and children – to achieve more than they feel physically and emotionally capable of doing. Today, these programs serve 7,200 people of all abilities each year through a wide variety of sports, recreation and educational activities. National Ability Center is recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and a US Paralympic Sports Club.

Service members and their families deserve high-quality, non-institutional environments where they can truly connect and heal. They need programs that support and challenge them to learn new skills, set higher goals, improve communication, and extend their reach beyond perceived limits. Since 1985, the National Ability Center has served thousands of veterans, active duty soldiers and their families. All funds raised at the Saluting Our Heroes luncheon will support programs for military service members and their families at the National Ability Center.