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Civil-Military Leadership Dialogue and Discussion program, Washington, D.C., July 29, 2019: (left to right) U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (ND), U.S. Senator Rick Scott (FL), U.S. Senator John Barrasso (WY), General Mark A. Milley, U.S. Senator Deb Fisher (NE) and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (WV).

On July 29, 2019, 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. Senator Deb Fisher (NE) and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (WV) co-led the program, in addition to General Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.

Others in attendance at the dinner included U.S. Senator John Barrasso (WY), U.S. Senator Chris Coons (DE), U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (ND), U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (KS) and U.S. Senator Rick Scott (FL). U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (NM), Angus King (ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) and Jeanne Shaheen (NH) attended a reception for General Milley 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.