Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Major General Michael R. Lehnert to speak at Fisher College

Posted On: 3/4/2014 11:10 AM

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Major General Michael R. Lehnert to speak at Fisher College. Steve Brown, reporter/anchor for WBUR & NPR to moderate the March 19th discussion.

About Major General Michael R. Lehnert:

Retired Marine Corps Major General Mike Lehnert was commissioned in 1973 as a combat engineer after his graduation from Central Michigan University.

He participated in combat operations in Panama, Kuwait and Iraq. In 2003 he led 5,000 Marines and Sailors during the initial invasion of Iraq in support of the 70,000 Marines who formed the I Marine Expeditionary Force.

During his 37 years active duty, he has held thirteen separate commands from platoon commander to Joint Task Force Commander. He was the Chief of Staff Joint Task Force Panama charged with overseeing the turnover of the Panama Canal, Joint Task Group Commander in Guantanamo Bay Cuba during the Cuban migrant crisis, Commander Joint Task Force 160 to build and run detention facilities for Al Qaida and Taliban terrorists. He commanded Marine Logistics Group Commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last assignment on active duty was regional commander for the seven Marine bases west of the Mississippi.

He was the subject of Karen Greenberg's book, "The Least Worst Place" This book is used in many military and law schools as a study in ethical decision making. In 2010, the National Conflict Resolution Center honored him as their 2010 National Peacekeeper Award recipient.

Major General Lehnert serves as the Vice Chairman of the board for the Student Veterans of America. SVA is a national veterans’ organization including over 800 active chapters throughout all 50 states and in three countries. It was formed in 2008 to ensure that student veterans achieve their educational goals in universities and achieve their academic potential.

He has been recognized by numerous environmental groups including the Sierra Club for his work recovering endangered species while still on active duty. Today he serves on the eleven person board of the Endangered Species Coalition. The Endangered Species Coalition is a national network of over 440 conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, business and community organizations working to protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining wild places.

General Lehnert and his wife Denise live near Traverse City Michigan. They have two sons. Brendan received his neuro-science PhD from Harvard Medical School and works in China as a Luce Fellow. Erik will receive his PhD from Stanford in bio-genetics in June 2013.

About Steve Brown:

Steve began his career in radio while still in high school in the late 1970s on Cape Cod. In 1979, during his freshman year at Emerson College, Steve began providing news reports from the Massachusetts State House for various radio stations around the state including WROR and WRKO in Boston, WMAS in Springfield, WNBH in New Bedford and WCIB in Falmouth.

In 1987, Steve joined the staff of WMJX and WMEX in Boston as a political and general assignment reporter, heading up the station’s award-winning coverage of the Dukakis presidential campaign. In the early 1990s, Steve began working in television as a reporter and writer at WLVI-TV in Boston, and later at WBZ-TV (CBS-4).

Steve returned to his radio roots in 2003 as an news anchor/host at WBUR, and has covered a variety of stories including the Boston Marathon Bombings and aftermath, the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, congressional redistricting, casino gambling, the state budget process and the passing of former Boston mayor, Kevin White.

When not working, Steve spends time as an amateur Genealogist and Beekeeper.


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