The Stennis Center for Public Service held a Civil-Military Leadership Dialogue and Discussion program with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau on January 13, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Click to Enlarge Photo).

On January 13, 2020, the Stennis Center for Public Service conducted a Civil-Military Leadership Dialogue and Discussion program in Washington, D.C. This program brings together top leaders from the military and U.S. Congress. U.S. Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) co-led the program, in addition to General Joseph Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau.

Civil-Military Leadership Dialogue and Discussion program, Washington, D.C., January 13, 2020: (left to right) U.S. Representative Don Bacon (R-NE), U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO), U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX), U.S. Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), U.S. Representative Michael Waltz (R-FL), U.S. Representative Jack Bergman (R-MI), U.S. Representative Gil Cisneros (D-CA), General Joseph Lengyel, U.S. Representative John Garamendi (D-CA), U.S. Representative Kay Granger (R-TX), U.S. Representative Ken Calvert (R-CA), U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL).

Others in attendance at the dinner included U.S. Representatives Vicki Hartzler (R-MO), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Jim Langevin (D-RI). U.S. Representatives Paul Cook (R-CA), Andy Kim (D-NJ), Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) attended a reception for General Lengyel earlier in the evening.

Historically, military participants have included the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Secretary of the Navy, and numerous Flag Officers. U.S. Senators and Representatives, cabinet secretaries and distinguished writers have also participated in the program throughout the years as well as more than 100 senior-level congressional staff members.

The purpose of the Stennis Center’s Civil-Military programs is to connect U.S. Senators and Representatives to military leaders and enable them to learn more about military life, values, institutions, and culture. These programs provide meaningful opportunities for military and civilian leaders to engage in dialogue and build relationships that increase awareness and understanding between the military and civilian spheres of responsibility.