, Gloucester, MA

June 21, 2011

Vietnam vet, ex-Defense advisor speaking here on Bill of Rights

By Times Staff

A retired U.S. Army colonel, Vietnam veteran and and former policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on the draft and national service will be the featured speaker Friday night as part of a program focusing on the Bill of Rights.

Retired Col. Charles "Chaz" Heberle will offer his views and insights of some of the Bill of Rights, additional amendments, and the process of their interpretation during a program set for Friday night at 7 at the Cape Ann Sportsman's Club on Cherry Street in Gloucester. The event is free to the public.

The presentation by Heberle, who served as an administrative law judge in the Army disability system, is part of an "American Constitution Series" program being hosted by a citizens group at the Sportsman's Club, and will be paired Friday night with re-creations focusing on figures from U.S. history, with Pam Sullivan reprising her role as Abigail Adams and Marlene Hodgkins as the American citizen.

Heberle, born and raised in Gloucester, is a 1958 graduate of Gloucester High School, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Norwich University. He has a Master in Psychology degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

He entered the Army in 1964 at Fort Knox, Ky. After a year at the Armor Center, he went to the U.S. Army Aviation School, graduated as a helicopter pilot and served two tours in Vietnam, earning 20 Air Medals including one with a "V" Device, a Bronze Star, a Valorous Unit Citation, and a Presidential Unit Citation.

A resident of Tacoma, Wash., he is president of The Citizenship Project and You the People, a company founded in 1991.

"For American Revolution history buffs, those who keep up with current affairs in the world, and for the those who just want to learn more about our rights as citizens, this is the place to be," said Jonathan Ring of Rockport, one of the program organizers,

Anyone seeking more information on the event is welcome to contact fellow organizers Jim Sullivan at or David Hodgkins at 978-283-1829.