When: Wednesday, November 14th, 12:50 p.m. (lunch preceding)
Where: Haig Room, USMA
Panelists: COL Matthew Moten, History Department Head, USMA; LTC David R. Siry, American Civil War, USMA; MAJ Andrew Forney, American Historian, USMA; MAJ Joseph Scott, Department of History, USMA; Lucien Mott, Academic Administration, State University of New York(SUNY).
Colonel Matthew Moten is currently a professor and Deputy Head of the Department of History at the U.S. Military Academy. After graduating from West Point, he was commissioned in the Armor Branch and served in the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany and in the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He then taught military history at West Point. After assignments in Kuwait, Fort Jackson, and the Pentagon, Colonel Moten became speechwriter and later legislative advisor to General Eric K. Shinseki, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. In 2002, Colonel Moten was selected as an Academy Professor in the USMA Department of History and assigned as Chief, Military History Division. From January to June of 2005, he served as deputy commanding officer, Dragon Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps and Task Force Dragon, Multi-National Corps, Iraq. He became Professor, USMA, and deputy department head in 2006. Colonel Moten specializes in the history of American political-military relations and recently published a chapter entitled “A Broken Dialogue: Rumsfeld, Shinseki, and Civil-Military Tension,” in American Civil-Military Relations: The Soldier and the State in a New Era (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). He is author of The Delafield Commission and the American Military Profession (Texas A&M Press, 2000) and is currently writing a history of American political-military relations. Colonel Moten holds a doctorate in history from Rice University.
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Lieutenant Colonel David R. Siry is currently an Assistant Professor of Military History in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy.
Lieutenant Colonel Siry graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from USMA in 1994 and entered the Armor Branch of the US Army. He served in operational assignments around the world to include Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Haiti, Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Fort Knox, Kentucky. On his two most recent deployments, he served as an Operations Officer and Executive Officer of a Cavalry Squadron in the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, and as a Team Chief on a Military Transition Team working with the Iraqi Army, Air Force, and Police in Was it Province with the 1st Cavalry Division.
Lieutenant Colonel Siry earned a Masters Degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2003. His specialty is the American Civil War and has led numerous staff rides for Cadets and Soldiers at Gettysburg, Antietam, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga and Chattanooga.
Lieutenant Colonel Siry is married to the former Melissa Ellen Hess of Newark, Ohio, and they live at West Point with their four children, Shannon, Thomas, Brenna, and Katie.
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Major Andrew J. Forney is currently an instructor of American History in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy.
Major Forney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 2002 and entered the Armor Branch of the US Army. He served in operational assignments around the world to include Iraq, Afghanistan, Fort Hood, Texas and Fort Knox, Kentucky. On his two most recent assignments, he served as an Operations and Intelligence Mentor for the Afghan National Police in Farah Province, Afghanistan, and as a Troop Commander of an Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Cavalry Troop in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Major Forney earned a Masters Degree from Texas Christian University in 2011 and completed All But Dissertation (ABD) requirements in 2012. His specialty is the American Federalist Era, as well as studying cultural and social issues throughout the nation’s history. Major Forney has written articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries for numerous scholarly journals and books.
Major Forney is married to the former Heather Lloyd of Havre de Grace, Maryland and they live at West Point with their two sons Wyatt and Reed.
Major Joseph Scott is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the US Military Academy. He is a second-generation military officer, and graduated from Dartmouth College. He received his Master's in History from the University of Virginia. He was the director of the prestigious West Point Summer Seminar in Military History in 2012. When not teaching history, Joe is an Army Air Defense Officer. He has served in Texas, Kuwait, Iraq, and the Republic of Korea, and is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters). He is married to Emily Copeland of East Walpole, Massachusetts, and has two children.
Lucien Mott is currently in Academic Administration at State University of New York(SUNY)- New Paltz. He was born into a military family, his grandfather graduated West Point in 1914 and father served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. A graduate of Alfred University in 1984, he went on to obtain a Master’s degree at Penn State University in European History in 1987. An integral part of the Mount Saint Mary College West Point program since 1997, Dr. Mott has taught, recruited, and advised soldiers and their families. In 2001 he earned his doctorate at St. Johns University in World History with a dissertation topic on the bombing policy against Japan during World War Two. His publications include an article on early banking and he is currently working on an article about bombing doctrine.