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SOUTHEASTERN MILITARY HISTORIAN SELECTED
FOR NATIONAL SECURITY FORUM
HAMMOND -- Harry S. Laver,
assistant professor of history at Southeastern Louisiana University, has
been selected to participate in the 52nd annual National Security Forum
of the Air War College of the U.S. Air Force.
A specialist in U.S. military
history, the American Civil War and military leadership, Laver received
notification of his selection from Acting Secretary of the Air Force Peter
Teets. The forum will be held at Maxwell Air Base in Montgomery, Ala.,
May 23-27, and is one of the premier events of Air University, the Air
Force’s center for professional military education.
“This is an extremely prestigious
honor,” said History and Political Science Department Head William Robison.
“The forum focuses on the challenges and potential responses to our evolving
global security environment.”
Laver was selected after first
being nominated by an active Air Force officer then completing an application.
The Air War College reviews the nominees and makes recommendations to the
Air Force Secretary. Approximately 150 individuals -- representing
businesses, universities, industry, media and state and local governments
from throughout the nation -- are selected to participate.
“The forum is designed for seminar
discussions,” said Laver, who has been on the Southeastern faculty since
2001. “Participants are divided into smaller groups that mix civilian and
military personnel who discuss issues dealing with national security and
defense. It is a tremendous learning experience for anyone engaged in studying
military history and defense strategy.”
Laver holds a doctorate in history
from the University of Kentucky and was recognized in 1997 for having the
best article published n the “Kentucky Register,” the official publication
of the Kentucky Historical Society. He is a recipient of the U.S. Army’s
Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for teaching at the U.S. Military
Academy in West Point.