Don’t forget to mail your RSVP card as soon as possible! Please read A. J.’s report for new instructions regarding making or cancelling reservations for the meeting.
Brig. Gen. Casey Brower IV
“Sophisticated Strategists: The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defeat of Japan.”
Charles F. Brower is a professor of International Relations and History at the Virginia Military Institute, where he teaches courses in American foreign policy and strategy and holds the Henry King Burgwyn Chair in Military History.
A retired brigadier general in the United States Army, he served in armored units in the United States and Europe and commanded an armored cavalry troop in Vietnam. From 1982 through 1984 he was the Army Aide to President Reagan. He served on the faculty of the United States Military Academy as a Professor, USMA and Department Head and after his retirement from active duty in 2001, as VMI’s Deputy Superintendent and Dean of the Faculty for eight years, before assuming his current duties.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Brower graduated from the United States Military Academy and holds a doctorate in diplomatic and strategic history from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Defeating Japan: The Joint Chiefs of Staff and Strategy in the Pacific War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), and edited and contributed to George C. Marshall: Servant of the American Century (2011) and World War II in Europe: the Final Year (1998).
His scholarship has focused on twentieth century and contemporary American grand strategy and national security strategy. He is most interested in the translation of national policy into strategy and the coordination of a variety of instruments of national policy into grand strategy. His current project is a book on Ronald Reagan and the Middle East.
- March 16, 2015 – Brig. Gen. Jack Mountcastle
- May 18, 2015 – General Montgomery Meigs
Kent Brown, President
CONGRESS REAUTHORIZES AND EXPANDS THE AMERICAN BATTLEFIELD PROTECTION PROGRAM
The Civil War Preservation Trust issued a press release on December 12, 2014 hailing the reauthorization and expansion of the American Battlefield Protection Program. That program has been an important tool in the preservation of Kentucky’s Civil War battlefields. Part of an omnibus lands package included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 3979), the legislation reauthorizes a highly successful federal matching grant program for the preservation of Civil War battlefields. In addition, the bill expands that program to provide grants for the acquisition of land at Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields.
Wrote the Trust: “The legislation originally introduced in 2013 as the American Battlefields Protection Program Amendments Act (H.R. 1033), reauthorizes the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program, a matching grants program that encourages private sector investment in historic battlefield protection. Since the program was first funded by Congress in FY 1999, it has been used to preserve more than 23,000 acres of battlefield land in 17 states. The battlefields protected through the program include some of the most famous in the annals of America, including Antietam, Md., Chancellorsville and Manassas, Va.; Chattanooga and Franklin, Tenn.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Perryville, Ky.; and Vicksburg, Miss. Similar to the Civil War grants, which are awarded for priority battlefield land identified in a 1993 government report on Civil War battlefields (updated in 2011), funding for Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields will target sites listed in a 2007 study by the American Battlefield Protection Program. “Among the battlefields that could potentially benefit from the expanded program,” wrote the Trust, “are: Bennington, N.Y. and Vt.; Brandywine, Pa.; Cowpens, S.C.; Caulk’s Field, Md.; Guilford Courthouse, N.C.; Princeton, N.J.; River Raisin, Mich.; Saratoga, N.Y.; and Yorktown, Va. The combined Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 matching program are authorized at $10 million a year for seven years, through the end of FY 2021. The FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act (H.R. 83) currently under consideration by the Congress includes $8.9 million for the program.”
Adding a Kentucky flavor to the program, the Trust reported: “The lands package also included other important battlefield preservation initiatives, including expansions of the national military parks at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, as well as legislation to explore adding Mill Springs Battlefield in Kentucky to the National Park System.” The President is expected to sign NDAA into law.
Chris Anderson, Treasurer
Currently our membership stands at 354. If you have paid your dues, you should have received your new membership card with your name and 2014-2015 on the card. Starting with the November meeting, you will be asked to present your membership card when you sign in. There will be a separate line for those who do NOT have a membership card or have NOT paid your dues. REMINDER: Dues paid by December 31 $45; between January 1st and March 31st – $60; Failure to pay dues by March 31st-Member falls of the Membership Roll; For Re-instatement – $25 plus the dues for that year. If you plan to pay by check, please have the check made out to KCWRT prior to getting in the line in order to save time. We need to focus on recruiting new members. Please bring a guest to our meeting which will be January 12, 2015.
One more explanation of the period the dues cover. The Round Table dues run from September to May. This year’s dues will be for 2014-2015. The statements are now sent out August 1 of each year.
GENTLE REMINDER: if you made reservations and were unable to attend a meeting and did not cancel within the required 72 hours of the meeting time, please check to see if you still owe for the meal for which we had to guarantee payment. We had several members who made reservations and still need to pay for a “missed meal.” Please try and make your payment ASAP.
Please remember the Round Table is an IRC 501(C)(3) tax exempt organization and your contributions and dues are tax deductible. Your contributions and dues will help to provide quality programs in the coming year. Anyone wishing a copy of the annual or interim financial statements can request a copy by emailing your request to email@example.com.
In previous newsletters, I shared information with you regarding some of the problems we were having with a number of members sending RSVP cards late or calling to make meeting reservations after the RSVP deadline. If you need to cancel a reservation, you now need to contact Ollie Puckett, Kentucky Civil War Roundtable Administrative Assistant at (859) 744-7881) or by email no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting (in this case, January 9, 2015). If you have made a reservation and cannot make the meeting, but do not timely cancel, you will be charged $27 per person for having reserved a meal. This is because the Kentucky Civil War Round Table will be charged for the meal(s).
Photos from November 17, 2014
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