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Association News:


ASA Members,

We are transitioning our website to improve the site and reduce costs.  Armystrategist.org will continue to direct you to our website but any shortcuts to our old web provider, memberclicks, will not work after 29 Feb.  If you have an immediate requirement please send emails to the mentorship account ([email protected]) or directly to a board member's personal email.  

The website should be live this week, exact date uncertain, but it may not be completely functional immediately. We will accept new members and Order of St. Gabriel (OSG) nominations via email - I will send out a list of contact emails when they are established and they will be on the new website.  The mentor program will remain as is, send an email to participate as mentor, mentee, or both to [email protected].

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but switching is a financial necessity.  Additionally, the new site will provide easier access from mobile platforms and provides better opportunities for members to interact or link to social media. 

Don't forget to sign up for one of the Spring Staff Rides in Tampa, FL (April) (email Chad Pillai or us) or Manassas, VA staff ride (9 May, link)!  


Benjamin J. Fernandes

President, Army Strategist Association

[email protected]  





NCR Spring Staff Ride and Social

Dr. Christopher Stowe from the Marine Corps University will lead a Manassas Battlefield staff ride focused on “pre-war expectations vs. wartime realities.”  He has taught extensively on both Manassas battles.  We will have transportation from the Vienna metro for anyone interested and a social after the Staff Ride, ASA will provide the first round.  Social details TBD.  ASA members and their guests may RSVP now; we will open registration to all FA59s/CP60s in March.  RSVP early because this is a space-limited event.  RSVPs needed NLT April 19 to arrange transportation. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asa-staff-ride-bull-run1st-manassas-tickets-92501828459?aff=ASAstaffride


Announcing the 2020 Army Strategist Association Essay Contest!

Topic: National Security Issues & U.S. Army (Topics of special interest include, but are not limited to, Readiness vs. Modernization; the ability of conventional forces to compel a nuclear adversary; and training and readiness for Counter WMD forces.)
Prizes: Option to discuss paper with MG Gericke, MG Whitlock, BG Miller, Mr. Dan Klippstein, or Mr. Thomas Cooke
•1st Place: $400, AUSA publication
•2nd Place: $150, potential for publication
•3rd Place: $50, potential for publication
Deadline: By 31 July 2019 email 2,000-4,000 word essay in a MS Word document to Ellen Toner ([email protected]; 703-517-3482)

Introducing ASA's new George C. Marshall Writing Award!


The “George C. Marshall Writing Award” is an annual ASA writing award for the best Doctoral Dissertation, Scholarly Monograph, or Book Manuscript by an ASA member on topics such as grand strategy, national security, defense policy, foreign affairs, international history, etc.


Winner: ASA will present the award at the ASA Breakfast during the October AUSA annual meeting where the winner will receive a plaque, give a keynote address, and sit on a moderated Q&A panel (topic-dependent) with MG Gericke.
Deadline: By 30 June 2019 email proposals to Tim Wolfe ([email protected]; 813-863-3473)
Judging: ASA Panel (rubric will be published by 15 Feb); Winner notified by 31 July
Eligible Authors: Current or retired CP60s and FA59s as well as any current ASA member.  Any work completed in the past decade (since 2010) is eligible for submission. 

Mentorship Program
ASA is facilitating a program that matches younger FA59s and CP60s with more experienced strategists. 
For more details, please browse the handbook  or contact us.
If you are interested in either being a mentee or a mentor, please contact Will Thorne (ASA Mentorship Officer) at: [email protected]com 
Brief Program Information

ASA Mentoring Program Principles:

1. Connect developing FA59s and CP60s with an accomplished individual they would not otherwise meet and can help to develop their critical skills. 
2. The onus for activities generally resides with the mentee.  Mentees should expect to reach out and work around their mentor’s calendar.  Mentors are volunteers with busy lives.  Mentees should be persistent but respect a mentor's most precious resource, time.
3. ASA maintains the limited role of matching mentee and mentor volunteers, providing optional guidance/suggestions with a handbook to help start the relationship but then encourages individual responsibility beyond that point.  ASA serves as a catalyst for new strategist relationships. 
4. Mentees and mentors are all volunteers.
5. Help FA59s and CP60s regardless of ASA membership.
6. Help FA59s and CP60s be better mentors and mentees as requested.

ASA Process:

1. Obtain basic information from mentors (strengths & background) and mentees (areas to develop & background)
2. Match mentor and mentee, ensuring connection is suitable for both
3. Step out of the way



COL Stephanie Ahern's OSG AwardApril 2019:

MG Chris McPadden Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy, Office of the Army G-3/5/7, awarded the Order of Saint Gabriel to COL Stephanie Ahern, currently serving on the National Security Council staff, at the 2019 Army Worldwide Planner's Conference.  


BG Walker receiving OSG from MG HixAugust 2017:

MG William Hix, Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy, Office of the Army G-3/5/7, awarded the Order of Saint Gabriel to BG William Walker, acting Commander, District of Columbia National Guard, at the 2017 Army Strategy Combined Forum, 2 August 2017.




May 2016:

MG William Hix, Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, Office of the Army G-3/5/7, awarded Secretary George P. Shultz with the title Strategist Emeritus.  

Secretary Shultz spent 20 as an educator before entering government service, lending his vision and abilities under numerous administrations.  He served as Secretary of Labor, Secretary of the Treasury, Director of Management and Budget, and most notably as Secretary of State.  His legacy was ensconced through his strategic vision and unwavering dedication throughout the toughest days of the Cold War.