NBA ref, former undercover cop speaks to Soldiers
October 18, 2012
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (October 18, 2012) -- NBA referee and former undercover policeman Bob Delaney will visit Fort Rucker Oct. 23-24 to speak to Soldiers, spouses and civilians about post traumatic stress.
Delaney's visit is part of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Post Traumatic Stress Outreach Program and he will speak five times at the post theater during the two days, according to U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence G3 officials.
Tuesday's sessions are 1-2:30 p.m., 3:30-5 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., and Wednesday's sessions are 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. The primary audience for the duty day sessions are USAACE military personnel; however, open seating has been programmed to provide an opportunity for others to attend, according to G3 officials.
The event is mandatory for all USAACE military personnel who are present for duty, with some exceptions to limit the impact on the USAACE training mission. Specific seat allocations have been coordinated and synchronized with unit operations officers, according to officials.
The event is open to the post and in addition to USAACE military personnel, USAACE non-military personnel, garrison organizations and tenant units (military, civilian, and spouses) are encouraged to attend on a voluntary basis, according to officials.
According to his biography, Delaney's riveting life story has been told by HBO's Real Sports, ESPN and ABC, in dozens of newspaper and magazine articles throughout the United States and Europe and in his critically acclaimed book, Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob.
Delaney has risen to the top of two elite organizations -- in law enforcement as a highly decorated trooper with the New Jersey State Police, and as one of the NBA's most respected referees. His NBA career began in 1987 and his officiating portfolio includes more than 1,700 regular season games, 180 playoff contests and 10 finals, it is stated in his bio.
Delaney has made a major contribution away from the game as well. He testified before the U.S. Senate on organized crime in 1981, detailing his perilous undercover work for the New Jersey State Police -- putting his life on the line for nearly three years infiltrating the Genovese and Bruno crime Families, according to the bio.
Delaney presents leadership and teamwork seminars before corporate, university and community organizations. For the past 30 years he has provided training before federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers and agents throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has helped many to understand and identify symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the impact it has on the individual, and the ripple effect to Family and friends. He also spoke at Fort Hood, Texas, to Soldiers and law enforcement after the horrific shootings in 2009, according to his bio.
Delaney's book titled "Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post Traumatic Stress" was released in September 2011.