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FAL 2016

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F A L L 2 0 1 6 U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 2 7 E D U C A T I N G O U R N A T I O N ' S M I L I T A R Y "The reason we want to give them one- on-one touchpoints is because each of their campuses is so different," Sun explained. A small, religious-affiliated college in the Midwest will have a different student body and learning culture than, say, a large public university in the Northeast. "We gave them general principles of what to teach, but we want them to cater the program to the campus and to the types of students that they have." enjoying the fellowship of thinkers As it turns out, even those "future officers" that Sun references choose to compete and are selected to study at UofL. Col. Archie S. Herndon Jr., will be the third Army War College Fellow UofL has hosted in as many years. That makes the university one of only 48 educational across the United States and overseas to host this prestigious program, which allows senior officers in the Army to spend a year in a civilian setting conducting research and broadening their outlook to sharpen their skills as strategic thinkers. During his or her year at UofL, the Army War College Fellow participates in McConnell Center lectures and seminars, audits graduate classes and produces a research project closely related to his or her career. Fellows are assigned faculty mentors from UofL and the Army War College, as well as a senior military officer advisor. Gary Gregg, PhD, director of the McConnell Center, which serves as the Fellows' "home" on campus, explained, "When a War College Fellow comes here, they try to make them- selves available and actively engage with the community." That often means speaking to veterans' and student groups, including the McConnell Scholars, as well as meeting with other community leaders. Last year's Fellow, Lt. Col. Thomas Russell-Tutty, was a military police officer who had recently served as deputy commander of the 6th Military Police Group Criminal Investigative Division (CID), which is responsible for an area that covers half of the globe. During his time at UofL, he built a relationship with Louisville's Chief of Police and witnessed the planning process for secu- rity at Thunder Over Louisville and the Kentucky Derby, giving him a civilian's perspective on security at large events. "My year as the University of Louisville's U.S. Army War College Fellow was both a phenomenally rewarding and enriching experience," he said. "It allowed me to increase my knowledge about how our government actually operates, as well as strengthening my resolve and reinforcing my dedication for what I do as a soldier." The benefits of the U.S. Army War College Fellow program flow in both directions. "I think all of our students have found it extremely broadening for them to have access to an accomplished military officer," Gregg said. "When the Fellows have been part of our seminar discussions, they've always added valuable insights that the average civilian professor just can't offer. It's great to have that kind of diversity here on campus." broadening the minds of world travelers Yet for other members of the military — especially mid-career leaders — life can start to seem like a never-ending cycle of training and deployment. To help prevent such ruts, the Army instituted a number of Soldiers in the Strategic Broadening Seminar program take in a lecture at the Patton Museum. Col. Archie S. Herndon Jr., UofL's 2016-17 Army War College Fellow.

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