War college experts to address military topics in Southeastern presentations
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Five military scholars, all advanced students at the U.S. Army War College from various military branches, will make four panel presentations at Southeastern Louisiana University April 19-20.
The presentations are part of the Eisenhower Series College Program of the U.S. Army War College and are sponsored by the Southeastern Department of History and Political Science, and Judge James E. Kuhn of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal. Hancock Bank is sponsor of a reception honoring the participants.
The presentations, which are free and open to the public, include:
• “Combat Leadership,” Monday, 10 a.m., Student Union Theatre;
• “GTMO: The Three C’s – Confinement, Commissions and Cuba,” Monday, 1 p.m., Student Union Theatre;
• “Operation Enduring Freedom – Surging Ahead in Afghanistan,” Monday, 6:30 p.m., Alumni Center;
• “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Student Union Theatre.
The Eisenhower Series College Program was established in 1969 as the War College’s Current Affairs Program. It is designed to encourage open discussion on national security and public policy issues between students at the Army’s senior educational institution and the public at colleges and universities. The team – senior officers from all branches of the Armed Forces – visits approximately 10-12 institutions throughout the nation each year.
“We are excited to host this prestigious series on Southeastern’s campus,” said William Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. “The themes are all very pertinent and timely, and the panelists are seasoned military strategists who can provide valuable insight into their topics.”
The five panelists participating in the series include:
Capt. William G. Davis, U.S. Navy, is director of the War College’s National Security Studies and the Eisenhower Program. Davis is a naval aviator, having flown over seven different aircraft. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he holds a masters degree in strategic studies from the Army War College. He has served on the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., and as a legislative fellow where he served as military liaison for Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.). His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Col. Eric T. Judkins, U.S. Army, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, having served with armored divisions in Germany and in Saudi Arabia where he was a regimental targeting officer in Operation Desert Storm. He left the military for several years to work for Honeywell Defense Systems in Albuquerque, N.M., then returned to serve as a West Point Liaison officer in the Army Reserves. In 2008 he was deployed to the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, he is airborne and ranger qualified.
Lt. Col. Alan F. Rebholz, U.S. Air Force, is the former inspector general for the 11th Wing in Washington, D.C., where he led the fraud, waste and abuse program for over 40,000 Airmen. He has served in satellite operations and space surveillance, providing missile warning services in Operation Desert Fox. A former staff officer at the Pentagon where he handled the budget for more than $16 billion of space assets, he also served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Rebholz holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, an MBA from Webster University, a master’s degree in management from Troy State University, and a master of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College.
Col. Irving Smith III, U.S. Army, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy where he was commissioned as an infantry officer and assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. He served in Operation Desert Storm and in Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom. Smith attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, graduating with distinction, served at the Naval War College where he earned a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and was assigned to the U.S. Military Academy as an assistant professor of leadership, sociology and management. Smith also holds a MBA degree from Columbia School of Business.
Col. Aaron A. Webster, U.S. Army, is currently attending the Senior Service College at Carlisle, Pa. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in computer resource and information systems from the Command and General Staff College. Webster has served with units providing support for the removal of the Berlin Wall and in deployments to Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. In 2004 he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and later headed a command in Korea.