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Panel – Tom Hawley, Professional Staff Member and Readiness Subcommittee Staff Lead, House Armed Services Committee; RADM (Ret.) Tony Kurta, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Personnel Policy; Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families; and Arnold Punaro, CEO, The Punaro Group, LLC

 

Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Military and Diplomatic Analyst for CNN, John Kirby

Tuesday, November 13, the Stennis Center for Public Service hosted a Symposium on Civil-Military Relations: The Role of Congress in Bridging the Divide. In the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, members of the Department of Defense, Congressional Staff, nonprofits, and think-tanks came together to discuss the crucial divide between civilian and military life with both military and civilian leaders. Speakers includedAdmiral (Ret.) Gary Roughead, Rear Admiral (Ret.) John Kirby, former Secretary of Defense and Senator from Nebraska Chuck Hagel, and a lively panel discussion with DoD, Congressional, and nonprofit perspectives.

Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families; RADM (Ret.) Tony Kurta, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Personnel Policy; Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Member of the Board of Trustees, John C. Stennis Center for Public Service; Lernes Hebert, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy and Principal Director Man; and Sam Meek, Co-founder and CEO, Sandboxx