SAN ANTONIO—The Texas Lyceum, the premier non-profit, non-partisan statewide leadership organization, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, will today convene state leaders and policy experts for a robust and interactive discussion on the “Storied Relationship Between the U.S. Military and Texas.” The Texas Lyceum conducts periodic public forums, commissions The Texas Lyceum Poll, and convenes programs for its 96 directors to explore and discuss key economic and social issues of the state and nation. This program is the final meeting of 2015.
“San Antonio is the ideal setting for the Texas Lyceum’s exploration of the relationship between the military and our state,” said Jane Cummins, Texas Lyceum President. “The Lyceum exists to help build a deeper understanding of the complex and important public policy issues impacting Texas. Our active duty military and our veterans, and the issues that impact them, are among the most important topics we can discuss and understand.”
The meeting kicks off at 8:30am on the grounds of The Alamo where Lyceum directors and guests will be greeted by San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, following the Presentation of Colors by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Pledge of Allegiance led by a local Cub Scout troop. Following the opening ceremonies, will be three panel presentations as outlined below:
9:15am Setting the Stage – Texas and the Military
Stephen L. Moore, Author of Texas Rising, Eighteen Minutes: The Battle of San Jacinto and the Texas Independence Campaign, Last Stand of the Texas Cherokees: Chief Bowles and the 1839 Cherokee War in Texas, Taming Texas: Captain William T. Sadler's Lone Star Service
10:00am Scenes from Texas Military History: An Epic Across Three Centuries
Moderator: Josh Trevino, Vice President for Strategy, Texas Public Policy Foundation, and Lyceum Class of 2014
Speakers: Dr. Don Frazier, Professor of History, McMurry University; Dr. Stephen Hardin, Professor of History, McMurry University; Emilio Zamora, Professor of History, The University of Texas at Austin
10:50am The Physical and Emotional Well-Being of Our Active Military and Veterans
Moderator: Esteban Lopez, President, San Antonio and Southwest Texas, Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas, and Lyceum Class of 2015
Speakers: LTC. Kevin Chung, M.D., Interim Director of Research, for the Research Directorate, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research; Julianne Flynn, M.D., Acting Director, South Texas Veterans Health Care System; Dr. Byron Hepburn, Major General, USAF (Ret) AVP and Director, Military Health Institute (MHI) at UTHSCSA; Colonel Damon Baine, Chief Operating Officer, San Antonio Military Health System (SAMHS)
In the afternoon, Lyceum directors and guests will visit Lackland Air Force Base for additional presentations, including conversations around base realignment, veteran employment and cyber warfare, among other topics.
In the evening, the Lyceum will host a dinner and conversation at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts where the group will be greeted by J. Bruce Bugg, Chairman and Trustee of The Tobin Endowment, and will later hear from Major General William Len Smith, TXARNG, Deputy Adjutant General-Army and Commander, Texas Army National Guard and Colonel Doug O’Connell, TXARNG, and Lyceum Class of 2011.
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About The Texas Lyceum
The Texas Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan group is the premier statewide leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders. The Lyceum consists of 96 men and women from throughout the state who begin their six-year term while under the age of 46, and have demonstrated leadership in their community and profession, together with a deep commitment to Texas. For more information, please visit www.texaslyceum.org. The Texas Lyceum is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/texaslyceum and on Twitter @TexasLyceum http://twitter.com/texaslyceum