The goal of the Halyard Mission Foundation is to educate, commemorate and increase awareness of the Halyard Mission, the rescue of over 500 US airmen during WWII, and the role the Serbs played in the success of the mission.
The goal of the Halyard Mission Foundation is to educate, commemorate and increase awareness of the Halyard Mission, the rescue of over 500 US airmen during WWII, and the role the Serbs played in the success of the mission. By doing this we hope to promote historical ties between the US and Serbia which are based on values of freedom and democracy. We share an important history, and that is an important story to tell.
PRESIDENT OF SERBIA
Lt. Col. John Cappello retired from the United States Air Force (USAF) in 2014 after serving over 24 years. He served as the USAF Attaché to Serbia and Israel. He is a Command Pilot having accumulated over 3,000 flying hours.
Worked as a journalist and editor at BK TV, British Institute for War & Peace Reporting, The Economist, Euro-Atlantic Review, Balkan Intelligence, producer at EAI Productions and consultant at Cook Communications and Channel 4.
Worked as author of Arsenal documentary series, executive producer at EAI Productions projects in Slovenia, Norway, Serbia, USA, Lebanon, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Hungary, Montenegro and Czech Republic.
Lawyer, Independent Assistant at Public Attorney’s Office of the City of Belgrade. Worked in Public Prosecutor's office in Vranje and as an Independent Lawyer. Previously worked at USAID, as Program and Administrative Assistant
Amateur historian, author of several articles on WWII, published in scientific journals. Researched through archival data, and created database with names of more than 5500 airmen that were shot down over Yugoslavia.