William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium 2011
As the Executive Director, I’m very pleased to announce that Armchair General will be actively participating in the 16th annual William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium, to be held at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. Editor-in-Chief, Jerry Morelock will attend the Symposium as a panelist and will present the Armchair General Award at a dinner at Norwich the evening of March 31, 2011.
Since 2007 Armchair General has been a dedicated supporter of the only program of its kind held at an American university. A more complete description of the Colby Symposium is in the program. Click here to download an updated Colby Symposium program.
Col. (Ret) Jerry Morelock, USA
Jerry Morelock graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1969, spending a total of 36 years in uniform. A decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War, COL (RET) Morelock’s US Army assignments included numerous command and staff positions in field artillery units in the US, Germany and Korea, and two tours in the Pentagon. Colonel Morelock’s final active duty tour was as the Director of the Combat Studies Institute–the history department of the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. Dr. Morelock received his PhD from the University of Kansas and is a prize-winning military historian whose numerous publications include the books, Generals of the Ardennes: American Leadership in the Battle of the Bulge and Great Land Battles From the Civil War to the Gulf War. He is presently the editor-in-chief of Armchair General magazine.
Donna McAleer is the award-winning author of the groundbreaking book Porcelain on Steel: Women of West Point’s Long Gray Line. She is also an inspirational speaker, addressing the topics of leadership, strong role models, team building and breaking boundaries. McAleer graduated from West Point in 1987 and served in Germany as an Army officer. She left the service in 1991 to pursue an MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. From there she moved to her successful professional career in corporate consulting and global logistics with roles in public, private and non-profit corporations. In February 2000, she left the corporate world and moved to Park City, Utah, in pursuit of a lifelong dream. She committed herself to the pursuit of a unique opportunity — representing the United States in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in the medal debut of women’s bobsled. As a bobsled driver, she finished fourth in Olympic trials.
Doug Stanton is the author of the New York Times bestsellers In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors; and Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story Of A Band Of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode To Victory In Afghanistan. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, TIME, the Washington Post, and other national publications. He is also a founder of the National Writers Series, a book festival bringing great conversations to life with America’s greatest writers. NWS is considered by writers, editors and readers to be one of the United States’ top-tier book events. Stanton’s recent book, Horse Soldiers, spent more than three months on the New York Times bestseller list, reaching #2. Horse Soldiers was also named a 2009 “Notable Book” by The New York Times, and it was chosen as a “Best Book Of 2009” by Publishers Weekly, Christian Science Monitor, Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Stanton lives and writes in Michigan.
James Hornfischer is the author of two works of naval history. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors (2004) won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature and was recently named by Naval History magazine as one of a dozen all-time naval classics. His second book, Ship of Ghosts, about the cruiser USS Houston, was a Main Selection of the History Book Club and the Military Book Club and was chosen by Proceedings magazine as a Notable Book of 2006. His latest book is Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal (Bantam, 2011) is an acclaimed new account of the Guadalcanal naval campaign. A former editor at HarperCollins, and now president of the literary agency, Hornfischer Literary Management, he has handled a number of nonfiction bestsellers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller and Colby Award winner Flags of Our Fathers.
Jack Segal is a US Army Vietnam veteran awarded the Bronze Star and two Meritorious Service Medals. Segal served for 22 years as a senior US diplomat at the State Department, including service as National Security Council director for Russia and Eurasia. He also served 10 years with NATO, including working as foreign policy advisor to NATO’s Afghanistan commander. He is a Visiting Distinguished Fellow at National Defense University, and a lecturer at Northwestern Michigan College.
Dr. Christopher Coppola
Christopher Coppola, MD, received his commission as a reserve officer in the United States Air Force in 1990. He served through the two Gulf Wars and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and 2007. In Iraq, he worked as a trauma surgeon at a combat support hospital in Balad, 40 miles north of Baghdad, where he treated seriously injured US troops, Iraqi soldiers, civilians and enemy detainees alike. He has completed humanitarian missions to Brazil and Haiti and now resides with his family in Pennsylvania where he is a civilian pediatric surgeon. He recently published his memoir of his time in Iraq, Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq. He is also a 2008 graduate of Norwich University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
The Colby Award
Established in 1999, the Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or nonfiction that has made a major contribution to the under-standing of intelligence operations, military history, or international affairs.
19 Distinguished Works in 12 Seasons
2010 If Not Now, When? – Jack Jacobs
2009 Lone Survivor – Marcus Luttrell
2009 The Forever War – Dexter Filkins
2008 Twice Armed: An American Soldier’s Battle for
the Hearts and Minds in Iraq – R. Alan King
2007 Six Frigates: The Epic history of the Founding of the American Navy – Ian W. Toll
2007 Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors: Their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945 – John A. Glusman
2006 One Bullet Away – Nathaniel Fick
2006 Lincoln’s Tragic Admiral – Kevin J. Weddle
2005 Hope and Honor – MG Sid Shachnow USA (Ret.) & Jann Robbins
2005 Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
- Jon Meacham
2004 The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division –
Bing West & MG Ray L. Smith, USMC (Ret.)
2004 No Gun Ri: A Military History of the Korean War Incident –
Robert L. Bateman
2003 Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers – Bryan Mark Rigg
2002 The Last Battle – Ralph Wetterhahn
2002 Beyond Valor – Patrick K. O’Donnell
2001 Flags of our Fathers – James Bradley with Ron Powers
2000 Stolen Valor – B.G. Burkett & Glenna Whitley
1999 A Road We Do Not Know: A Novel of Custer at the Little Big Horn – Fred Chiaventone
1999 Circle William – Bill Harlow
2011 Colby Award Winner
Karl Marlantes – Matterhorn
Karl Marlantes has written one of the most acclaimed novels of the Vietnam War. A graduate of Yale University and a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, Karl Marlantes served as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and 10 air medals. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, his debut, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a “Best of 2010” in Time, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and the Washington Post. His next book, a non-fiction work entitled What It’s Like to Go to War, will be published by Atlantic Monthly Press in Fall 2011.
Matterhorn draws from Marlantes’ service as an officer in the Marine Corps. The year is 1969, and 2nd Lt. Waino Mellas has been assigned to lead a rifle platoon of 40 Marines as their company builds a fire support base in the mountains near the border with Laos. His platoon is full of young men who’d been at war for months; and some for several years. Mellas, fresh out of college, is overwhelmed by his responsibilities as a leader and the dense jungle landscape that surrounds them. As casualties mount, Mellas and his platoon fight through a series of conflicting missions — they are ordered to abandon their newly-built base, then ordered to take it back from the North Vietnamese Army, and then ordered to abandon it again. While their commanding officers fight the war from a distance, little aware of how their decisions affect men on the ground, Mellas and his platoon endure sweltering heat, monsoon rains, racial tension and a growing sense of futility. They struggle to understand and trust each other, and forge powerful bonds that will overcome fear, doubt, and loss. “Matterhorn is a powerful first work that defines the tragic cost of the Vietnam War in human terms,” said Colby co-founder and New York Times best-selling author W.E.B. Griffin. “Marlantes’ breakneck writing style is both passionate and haunting, thrusting the reader into alternating moments of chaos and courage reflecting the fragility of our Marines on the ground — and their leadership — in combat.”
Armchair General Award
In 2007, Armchair General publisher and CEO Eric Weider and Editor-in-Chief Jerry D. Morelock began an association with the Colby and Norwich University. Armchair General is donating $500 annually (a figure matched by Norwich) to an outstanding student in military history who enrolls in the Norwich Master of Arts in Military History online graduate program. Jerry will present the award at the Colby “Meet the Authors” dinner at Norwich on March 31, 2011. In addition, Armchair General is also donating free subscriptions to the magazine for interested Norwich military history students. My sincere thanks to both Eric and Jerry for their generous support. It is yet another example of ACG’s growing contributions to the field of military history. We are honored to have Jerry Morelock’s participation in the 2011 Colby.
YOUR PARICIPATION WELCOME
The Colby Symposium is also open to the public and anyone interested in attending is cordially invited to do so. Further information can be found at the Colby Website
Or contact Dr. Stephen Sodergren, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield VT 05663 Office – 802.485.2631 Fax – 802.485.2090 email@example.com
After the event, a limited number of autographed 2011 full color Colby posters will be available for sale, each signed by the authors attending this year’s event. Posters from previous years are also available at a nominal fee. Contact is Dr. Sodergren.