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2010 Brig Gen. H.R. McMaster

January 26, 2010 Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall

Thirteenth Annual Stockdale Leadership Symposium

Guest Speaker: Brigadier General Herbert Raymond McMaster

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BGen H.R. McMasterOn Jan. 26 2010, The University of San Diego hosted its 13th annual James Bond Stockdale Leadership and Ethics Symposium on campus at Shiley Theatre.  Brigadier General Herbert Raymond McMaster, US Army, currently serving as the Director of Concept Development and Learning at the Army Capabilities Integration Center, Training and Doctrine Command, was the keynote speaker.  In 2003, then-Lieutenant Colonel H.R. McMaster, discussed the essential elements of inspirational leadership.  General McMaster returns to discuss the topic of “Moral, Ethical and Psychological Preparation of Leaders and Units for Combat: Thoughts for Future Officers.”

The University of San Diego and NROTC Unit use the Leadership and Ethics Symposium as a means to integrate the principles of philosophy into professional life. The San Diego NROTC Commanding Officer, Capt. Mark Woolley, pointed out that there is a linkage between the standards of both institutions.

USD Dean Paula Cordeir, School of Leadership and Educational Sciences, delivered this year’s opening remarks and Captain Mark S. Woolley, U.S. Navy, introduced the guest speaker to nearly 700 professors, students, scholars, and military personnel.   McMaster’s discussed the ethical issues that accompany America’s current battlefronts   McMaster highly stressed the importance of proper training, education, and leadership to thwart ignorance, uncertainty, fear, and combat trauma in an environment of persistent danger, ambiguity, and complexity.  In addition, McMaster touched upon the importance of support and morale.  Similar to Cicero, McMaster stated that “When we are valued by others, we value ourselves.”  Following a question-and-answer session, Captain Mark S. Woolley delivered the closing remarks.