The Honorable Francis J. “Bing” West, war correspondent and military historian, will give a lecture titled “Lessons from a Decade of Frustrating War” at St. John’s College. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in McDowell Hall on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
West served as assistant secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration. Other posts he has held include vice president of the Hudson Institute and dean of Research at the Naval War College, among others. He was an adviser to the commander of the U.S. Central Command and embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. West is the author of numerous bestselling military books. These include “The Village,” a narrative of advising and surviving under fire that has been on the Marine Commandant’s Reading List for 40 years; “The Strongest Tribe: A History of the Iraq War;” and “The Wrong War: A History of the Afghanistan War.” His latest book, “Into the Fire,” describes the actions of a Marine sergeant who was awarded the Medal of Honor.
The lecture is part of the joint lectures series between St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy to honor the memory of Lieutenant Commander Erik S. Kristensen, an alumnus of the St. John’s College Graduate Institute. As recounted in the recent film “Lone Survivor,” Kristensen, a Navy SEAL, was killed in the line of duty while leading a bold search and rescue mission in Afghanistan in 2005. This lecture series aims to create even greater ties between the two schools, as well as to educate the public about civil-military relations and the place of the liberal arts in education of naval and military professions.
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