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Civil-Military Leadership Dialogue and Discussion program, Washington, D.C., December 2, 2019: (left to right) Bianca Oritz-Wertheim, Chad Kreikemeier, Joe Hack, Jonathan Davidson, Stacy McBride, Kyle Plotkin, Admiral Robert Burke, Mike Henry, Doug Coutts, Mike McCord, Larry Burton, and Chuck Kieffer.

On December 2, 2019, the Stennis Center for Public Service conducted a Civil-Military Leadership Dialogue and Discussion program in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Senate senior-level congressional staff members and the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. This program brings together top leaders from the military and U.S. Congress. Joe Hack, Chief of Staff to Senator Deb Fisher (R-NE), and Johnathan Davidson, Cheif of Staff to Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), co-led the program, in addition to Admiral Robert Burke, Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

Others in attendance at the dinner included: Larry Burton, Chief of Staff to Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK); Doug Coutts, Chief of Staff to Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR); Kristen Gentile, Chief of Staff to Senator Bob Casey (D-PA); Mike Henry, Chief of Staff to Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA); Chuck Keiffer, Democratic Staff Director, Senate Appropriations Committee; Chad Kreikemeier, Chief  of Staff to Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); Stacy McBride, Chief of Staff to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO); Bianca Oritz-Wertheim, Chief of Staff to Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), and; Kyle Plotkin, Chief of Staff to Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO). Dr. Brian Pugh, Executive Director, and Mike McCord, Director, Civil-Military Programs, with the Stennis Center were also in attendance.

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.