2015 George C. Marshall Awards & Leadership SeminarMarch 29th - April 1st, 2015 (Fort Leavenworth, Kansas)
Those selected to attend the 2015 US Army Cadet Command George C. Marshall Awards and Leadership Seminar are walking in the footsteps of one of America's preeminent Citizen-Soldiers. It is very fitting that the origins of this event may be traced to 1976 - the year in which our Nation celebrated its bicentennial.
In 1976, the Army Chief of Staff and the George C. Marshall Foundation agreed to establish an event to memorialize the accomplishments of the man Sir Winston Churchill called the "Architect of Victory" in World War II. As a result, a unique method of honoring the achievements of the top Army ROTC Cadet from every college-level unit was born. It included unique educational activities focused on leadership and national security issues, and the opportunity to interact with our Nation’s top military and civic leaders. This year, the seminar is expanded to recognize the top US Military Academy Cadet from each company.
Cadet Command plays a unique role in our Nation’s defense. As the parent organization of the Army ROTC program, it is the largest single source of Officer-Leaders for America's Army. In the last 25 years, Cadet Command has commissioned more than 100,000 lieutenants. Countless senior Army, corporate, and government leaders received their start in Cadet Command.
The over 300 young men and women we honor this year will continue the legacy of service of General George Catlett Marshall. They may take pride that their names are now inextricably linked to a towering figure in our Nation's history.
George Catlett Marshall was one of the great American statesmen of the century. He played a crucial role in international affairs from 1939 to 1951 -- the years that shaped the second half of the century. Until 1945, he was in the military service of the United States. As Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1939 to 1945 he was, in the words of Winston Churchill, the "true architect of victory" in the West European arena of World War II. Marshall was born on December 31, 1880, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1901; afterwards, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. On September 1, 1939, he was promoted to Chief of Staff with the rank of General. Marshall was named General of the Army on December 16, 1944.
In a succession of positions of great responsibility between 1945 and 1951, Marshall devoted his efforts to the cause of international peace and security. He spent a year in China in 1945-46 as President Truman's representative, attempting -- without success -- to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict between the nationalists and the communists. As Secretary of State from 1947 to 1949, he developed an economic program, the Marshall Plan, that turned the tide of Communism in war-ravaged Western Europe.
As Europeans endured unemployment, dislocation, and starvation in the wake of World War II's devastation, the Marshall Plan embodied Marshall's conviction that economic recovery and stability were vital underpinnings to the successful rebuilding of a democratic Europe. Marshall's belief that America's security and continued economic growth were inextricably linked to Europe's well-being, which formed the cornerstone of his Plan. With the assistance of the Marshall Plan, Western Europe began to recover from the ravages of war. Marshall's effort to include the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in this grand design was rejected by Moscow. As Western Europe rebuilt, Europe was divided both economically and ideologically, and conflicting politics soon laid the ground for another war -- The Cold War.
When it became evident that the gap between Eastern and Western Europe would not be bridged, and that the Western European states feared for their safety, Marshall was one of the leaders who created the North Atlantic Treaty Organization which would ensure the security of the West. The establishment of NATO in 1949 achieved a balance of power in Europe that endured until the end of the Cold War.
In the last official position as Secretary of Defense during 1950-51, Marshall oversaw the formation of an international force, under the United Nations, that turned back the North Korean invasion of South Korea. Although he spent most of his life in the U.S. military, Marshall is best remembered as a true internationalist who sought peace for the world through cooperation and understanding among nations. It was a fitting tribute to a splendid career spent pursuing this ideal that Marshall received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1953.
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Round Table Topics/Leaders
|The Manhattan Project and the Military Ethic||Colonel Bernard B. Banks, Ph.D.||Professor and Head, Department of Behavior Sciences & Leadership, United States Military Academy|
|Battle of Wanat, Afghanistan||Mr. Charles D. Collins, Jr.||Combat Studies Institute, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center|
|Battle of Roberts Ridge - Operation Anaconda, Afghanistan||Lieutenant Colonel Paul B. Barron, USMC (Ret)||George C. Marshall Foundation Library & Archives|
|Meuse-Argonne Offensive||Dr. Thomas A. Bruscino||School of Advanced Military Studies, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center|
|Revisiting the Decisions and Consequences of the Vietnam War||Colonel Diane M. Ryan||Deputy Dept Head, Professor & Program Director, Psychology|
|A New Type of Great Power Relationship Between the United States & China: The Military Dimension||Mr. Scot A. Hagan||Chief, Korea/Southeast Asia Branch, Asia/America Division, National Ground Intelligence Center|
|Politics of Post-Soviet Space||Dr. Robert Nalbandov||Professor, Department of Political Science, Utah State University|
|Army Cyberspace Operations: Legal, Policy & Employment Considerations||Dr. Victor J. Delacruz||Doctrine Development Analyst, Cyber Center of Excellence, Cyber Support Element, Fort Leavenworth, KS|
|American Grand Strategy and The Future of U.S. Landpower||Dr. Robert T. Davis||School of Advanced Military Studies, CGSC, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center|
|After The Spring: Reforming Arab Armies||Mr. Gary R. Hobin||Directorate of Joint and Multinational Operations, CGSC, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center|
|Follow Me - Understanding the Necessity of Technical Tactical Competence in Mission Command||Lieutenant Colonel Todd D. Woodruff||Director of Leadership & Management Studies, United States Military Academy|
|Trust, the Bedrock of the Army Profession||Colonel Everett D. Knapp, Jr.||Director, Center for the Army Profession & Ethic (CAPE), Mission Command Center of Excellence|
|Message to Garcia||Colonel Andrew Morgado||School of Advanced Military Studies, CGSC, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center|
|Lessons from Defense of Duffer's Drift||Major Scott M. Smiley||Assistant Professor of Military Science, Army ROTC, Gonzaga University|
|Applying Critical Thinking During Military Operations: Historic Examples of Mission Accomplishment||Mr. William L. Greenberg||University of Foreign Military & Cultural Studies (Red Team), U.S. Army Combined Arms Center|