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Fall is Back and Winter is Knocking, but Veterans are Always Standing Guard
BY PETER (DUKE) DUKLIS (P387)

 

Happy Thanksgiving! November is also time for another holiday that many times does not get the recognition it deserves—Veterans Day, or in Europe Remembrance Day, on November 11.November 11 was chosen because World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This day is set aside to remember and commemorate veterans of all nationalities, genders, and creeds from all wars and conflicts. What do you do to remember, celebrate, or commemorate on Veterans Day? Do you go to a cemetery, participate in a parade, go visit a veteran? Whatever it is, do something. Many years ago, I began a tradition that I do every Veterans and Memorial Day. I am a veteran, so my tradition is to sit outside with a glass of nice bourbon and a cigar. While I am sitting there and drinking my bourbon and smoking my cigar, I think about and “talk” to my comrades who are no longer with me and think of and cherish those who are still with me. Why this tradition? This is what we used to do after a mission or operation to wind down and decompress. For me, it is the best way I can honor my fellow veterans. I challenge you to start a tradition. Whatever you do, honor our veterans on November 11 each year.

The Federal Executive Institute’s (FEI’s) 50th Anniversary Celebration was held in Charlottesville, VA, on October 17. The event was a wonderful celebration of the great milestone achieved by this distinguished institution. Former FEI Directors, distinguished graduates, and a good number of alumni attended. The event lasted about three hours. The Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA) presented FEI with a cake, napkins, plates, and a 50th anniversary knife and server. We also donated flowers honoring FEI Deputy Director Dr. Pamela Gwin. I was asked to officiate a traditional military cake cutting and serving event—the cake was cut with our 50th anniversary “saber” and the first two pieces of the cake were presented to the youngest and oldest Leadership for a Democratic Society (LDS) member or alumnus. It was a great and happy event.  

I would like to take this time to personally thank Dr. Suzanne Logan, her staff, and all who participated in FEI’s 50th Anniversary Celebration for including FEIAA in such a prominent manner and for a delightful and happy day. 

 

 
Leadership Quote of the Month:
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure ... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” 
― Theodore Roosevelt

 


 

Events:

December 7, 2018 – Holiday Party
December 15, 2018 – Wreaths Across America

 


 

Feature:
Honoring our FEIAA Veterans
November 11 is Veterans Day. Did you know? According to the Office of Personnel Management’s Employment of Veterans in the Federal Executive Branch report, veterans now represent approximately one-third (31.1 percent) of the total U.S. Federal workforce.

 

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Feature:
Interview with Major General Timothy Kelly, U.S. Air Force
Congratulations on your recent promotion. As a military person you have probably had experiences that most Federal workers would never have. How do you incorporate that into your Federal work?

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Feature:
Interview with Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Anthony Thomas, U.S. Air Force 
Did you have a favorite assignment/job? I wouldn’t necessarily call one a favorite over the other. They all had their unique pros and cons. Some locations, like Hawaii, were certainly better than others.


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Feature:
Interview with Captain Stacey Noem, U.S. Marine Corps
Was there an experience at FEI that was particularly transformative for you? What was the most valuable lesson you learned from this experience? In general, I think that being broken down into our LDTs and getting to know each person on the team on a personal level first before we delved into anything

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Feature:
Roll Call
On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.

 

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FEI Happenings:
Spotlight on FEI Faculty, Michael Belcher 
I transitioned from the Marine Corps after 28 years of service as the director of the Marine Corps War College, a graduate-level national security program for senior-level military officers and government officials.

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FED Facts:
Two Important Laws for Federal Workers Who Still Serve in Uniform
Because of the sacrifices that military members make while serving, the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Relief Act of 1994 (USERRA) provide service members with benefits for financial relief and job protection.

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