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U.S. Army War College speaks to GMC Cadets

(Pictured from Left to Right: COL Ralph Kauzlarich, GMC’s Milledgeville Campus Executive Director; Colonel Chris Becking, LTC John C. Crawson, LTC Monica Radtke, Colonel Eric Crider, and Brigadier General Jonathan J. McColumn, GMC Alumnus and Commanding General of the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command)

On Thursday, February 16, students and faculty members from the United States (U.S.) Army War College’s Eisenhower Series College Program spoke to GMC’s Prep School and junior college cadets about current national security matters and military issues. The U.S. Army War College is based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The Eisenhower Series College Program was established in 1969 as a U.S. Army War College academic outreach program. This is the second year the program has spoken to cadets at GMC.

“It’s a great opportunity for our U.S. Army War College officers to discuss national defense strategy topics and allow us to engage with other college and high school students, who will be our future leaders of tomorrow ,”said Colonel Eric Crider, Faculty Instructor at the U.S. Army War College. “Our goal is to reach out and spark interest and create dialogue in national security policies and national security matters. National security is everybody’s business.”

The topics and panel of speakers included:

Integrating women into combat: Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Monica Radtke, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Army Reserve and a previous Army Congressional Liaison

The National Guard’s integration to homeland security and homeland defense: LTC John C. Crawson, U.S. Army War College student

Infrastructure in the United States: Colonel Chris Becking, Engineer at the U.S. Army War College and was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Colonel Crider says he was impressed by the questions and conversation amongst the GMC Cadets on national security and the three topics presented and hopes to come back next year to do it again.