Letter from the FAOA President

  • 11 Jul 2012 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    Dear FAOA Member,

     As the current FAOA Board of Governors (BOG), winds down its 3-year term, as called for in the FAOA Charter, we are preparing to hold new BOG elections in August 2012. Our election committee, headed by BOG member John Haseman, has sent communications on this and is currently taking nominations for through 1 July 2012. FAOA is in need of enthusiastic and qualified volunteers to serve on the BOG, as several officer positions and seats will be opening. As the election approaches, I would like to provide an update to the membership on the many successes of the current BOG in building the Association into the premier organization for advocating for the FAO field within the U.S. military and government; providing social, sustainment, and networking opportunities for current, new, and retired FAOs and associates; and mentoring and developing new FAOs.

    First of all, our Annual FAO Black Tie Banquet was again a big success with over 200 in attendance to hear James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence and to meet old and new colleague in the historic charm of the Old Clubhouse of the Army Navy Country Club (ANCC) before its demolition in summer 2012. Thanks to those who took the time to respond to our on-line survey for the FAOA Dinnerundefinedwe received over 30 respondents who all provided great feedback to help us with planning for the 2013 FAOA Black Tie Formal Banquet, which will be held in at the new ANCC Clubhouse at a date to be announced. We also hope to see as many members as possible at our next event on 21 Juneundefinedback by popular demand, the “FAOA on Tap” Happy Hour at Sines Irish Pub at Pentagon Row. Details and registration for the event are at www.faoa.org.

    Our FAOA Editor in Chief, Mr. Coyt Hargus, has put together another excellent journal this quarter, which unfortunately will be his last, as he is preparing to attend Senior Developmental Education at the Air War College. Coyt and his editorial board have continued to raise the bar with each new edition. We will greatly miss having Coyt at the helm of the FAO Journal, and on behalf of the FAOA BOG and membership, would like to profusely thank him for the outstanding work he has done taking the Journal to the level of a highly-subscribed, “peer reviewed” professional trade journal. In fact, we are now being contacted by publication sponsor organizations that would like to promote and offer the FAO Journal to a wider domestic and international individual and institutional subscriber base.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight a few other ongoing FAOA special programs and supporting committees. The FAOA Writing and Research Awards program has been enthusiastically received by the Professional Military Education and National Defense institutes. Currently, we have MOAs and active award programs with Air University, Marine Corps University, Naval War College, Joint Forces Staff College, and the National Intelligence University; and continue to pursue Award programs with Army War College, National Defense University, and Naval Post-Graduate School. Award winning and other worthy student papers will be published in special editions of “International Affairs.” I would like to thank Jonathon Sachar for serving as Chairman of the Awards Committee.

    We also had an enthusiastic response to our membership call for volunteers for the FAO Heritage Display Committee at the Pentagon. FAOA is collaborating with the DoD FAO Program Manager, the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, on this long overdue project recognizing the history, development, and contributions of Joint service FAO programs and individuals. James Shelton and Jeff Hoffmann are serving as co-chairman of the Display Committee.

    In early 2012, FAOA will co-sponsor a fantastic FAO-related conference together with the National Military Intelligence Agency (NMIA), with the working title: “Partner Engagement and Global Coverage under the New Defense Plan: FAOs, Security Cooperation, and the Defense Attaché System.” David Lovato has volunteered to head the FAOA Conference Committee working with the NMIA on this event.

    Lastly, the FAOA Scholarship for Excellence in International Affairs, through the Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA), is well underway. Our first scholarship winner will be announced in July prior to the start of the 2012/2013 academic year. We continue to solicit and accept donations to the FAOA Scholarship Fund.

    I have been proud and pleased to serve as the President of the Association, and have strived to make FAOA relevant and advantageous to your job, profession, career and social networking. Please contact me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at president@faoa.org or by phone at  703-853-0928.

     Kurt M. Marisa

     Colonel, U.S. Air Force

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