USS TRUMAN Award Winners Visit Washington, D.C.
As part of the Stennis Center's Civil-Military program, the Leadership Award winners from the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN aircraft carrier visited Washington on October 26-29, 2014. The award winners are selected through a ship-wide competition. They and their families travel to Washington, D.C. where they meet with Members of Congress and congressional staff and other civilian leaders. To honor some of the men and women who demonstrate outstanding leadership on American aircraft carriers, the Stennis Center created a special leadership awards program for eight ships.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY HOSTS CONGRESS TO CAMPUS PROGRAM
Former Members of Congress Connie Morella (R-MD) and Larry LaRocco (D-ID) visited Boston University on October 5-7, 2014 as part of the Congress to Campus program. The Congress to Campus program is an effort by the Stennis Center and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress to attract young people to public service.
Senate Chiefs of Staff and Committee Staff Directors Meet Vice Chief of Naval Operations
The Stennis Center hosted a dinner for Senate Chiefs of Staff and Committee Staff Directors with Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations on September 24, 2014. The dinner is part of a series of discussions bringing together military leaders and Congressional staff, as part of the Stennis Center’s Civil-Military Leadership Program.
STENNIS FELLOWS COMPLETE PROGRAM
The Stennis Fellows of the 113th Congress were honored individually and collectively on September 8, 2014 at the Newseum. Nominated by Members of Congress and chosen by an independent selection panel, 26 staff leaders worked together at roundtables and retreats during the 113th Congress to pursue a learning agenda they developed based on the theme of “Meeting the Challenge: Bridging Boundaries for the Common Good.” The Stennis Center’s Stennis Fellows program is the premiere leadership development program for top staff leaders on Capitol Hill.
STENNIS NOVICE TOURNAMENT HELD AT MSU
The Stennis Center hosted the Stennis Novice Speech and Debate Tournament on September 12-13, 2014 on the campus of Mississippi State University. This event is for high school students who have almost no experience debating. They are able to compete on a level playing field with other novices. More than 300 students from four states (AL, LA, MS, TN) participated in ten categories of speech and debate. Scott Waldrop of Hattiesburg High School is the tournament director.
STENNIS CENTER PRESENTS USS STENNIS LEADERSHIP AWARDS
The 2014 USS John C. Stennis Leadership Award winners were recognized during a ceremony near Bremerton, Washington on August 14, 2014. The Straight Furrow Award was presented to CDR James Belmont, the Look Ahead Award was presented to ISCS Kevin Lohrke, and the Constitution Award was presented to HM1 Jerry Wagner. Captain Michael Wettlaufer, Commanding Officer of the USS Stennis, and Rex Buffington, director of the Stennis Center, are shown above with the award winners. Honoring outstanding leadership on eight aircraft carriers is part of the Stennis Center’s public service initiative to improve civil-military relations.
Stennis Student Congress Winners Visit Washington D.C.
The Stennis Center hosted the winners of the prestigious Leadership Bowl of the Stennis Student Congress in Washington, D.C. on July 28-30, 2014. Ryan Fedasiuk of Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona won the Senate Leadership Bowl. Nic Gerard of Shrewsbury High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts won the House Leadership Bowl. The Leadership Bowl goes to the student selected by their peers as the most outstanding leaders among the 48 finalists in the 2014 Stennis Student Congress competition. Over 450 students from throughout the nation competed in the weeklong event in Overland Park, Kansas. The students and their coaches visited with members of Congress, congressional staff, and viewed historic documents at the National Archives.
Stennis Center Hosts Civil-Military Dinner with U.S. Senators
Frank Sullivan of the Stennis Center hosted a dinner with Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work on July 21, 2014. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) led the discussion. First term U.S. Senators who attended were Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Kirk (R-IL). Senators Reed and Chambliss have led a series of discussions bringing together military leaders and first-term Senators, as part of the Stennis Center’s Civil-Military Leadership Program.
USS LINCOLN Award Winners Visit Washington
As part of the Stennis Center’s Civil-Military program, the Leadership Award winners from the USS LINCOLN aircraft carrier visited Washington on June 22-25, 2014. The award winners are selected through a ship-wide competition. They and their families travel to Washington, D.C. where they meet with Members of Congress and congressional staff and other civilian leaders. To honor some of the men and women who demonstrate outstanding leadership on American aircraft carriers, the Stennis Center created a special leadership awards program for eight ships.
John C. Stennis National Student Congress Meets
The John C. Stennis National Student Congress met June 15-20, 2014 in Overland Park, Kansas as part of the National Speech and Debate Tournament. The Stennis Center sponsors Student Congress to encourage students to become leaders in government.