Gens. Walter Givhan and John Bradley, “Afghanistan Then and Now” - video conference
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Walter Givhan, ALWAC President, will both speak and moderate.
Among his career milestones, Gen. Givhan was Commanding General of the Combined Air Power Transition Force charged with rebuilding the Afghan Air Force from September 2008 to September 2009. He was also involved with de-mining efforts in Afghanistan when he served as Senior Military Official and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Political-Military Affairs Bureau of the State Department from 2012 to 2013.
In addition to high awards and medals from the US government (DSSM, LM, Bronze Star, MSM, AFCM), and the NATO Medal, he received the First Degree Baryal medal from the Afghan government. His prolific career in liaison to allied forces in conflicts also included medals for the liberation of Kuwait from both the Saudi and Kuwaiti governments, and for his liaison efforts during Desert Shield and Storm, from the French government, the Croix de Guerre.
A native of Safford, AL, Walter Givhan is a graduate of the University of the South at Sewanee, and holds two Master's degrees. He served as a Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Joining Gen. Givhan will be Lt. Gen. (Retd.) John A. Bradley, who in addition to serving extensively in fighter aircraft during combat in Vietnam, has in retirement since 2010, led (with his wife, Jan) the Lamia Afghanistan Foundation (Lamia.org). Together, they have raised large sums in donations to engage in economic development, education, and humanitarian relief. They have purchased supplies including winter clothing locally and distributed them across several Afghan provinces. As a force multiplier, they have cooperated with like-minded non-profit groups.
Gen. Bradley's Air Force biography, including 7,000 hours in aircraft (including the F-4, A-10 and F-16), and 337 combat operations, is found here. You will note, in addition to numerous high awards and decorations from the US (DSSM, DSM, LM, DFC), two from the Republic of Vietnam and one from the Kingdom of Kuwait.
A native of Tennessee, John Bradley holds a degree from UT Knoxville and executive leadership courses at both the Kennedy School (Harvard) and the Maxwell School (Syracuse).