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Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.


Lt. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Walter E. Gaskin's talk will connect the dots of our political, economic and military ties to Europe.  These ties are creating much concern based on the political climate in the U. S. as well as in a number of NATO member countries.  General Gaskin will make a relatively brief presentation and then open the floor for discussion where he will be free to not only answer questions, but make additional comments based on the points of interest raised by the audience.

Lieutenant General Walter E. Gaskin served as the Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee, Brussels, Belgium from 2010 until 2013, when he retired. Lt. Gen. Gaskin currently serves as an Institute for Defense and Business Executive Fellow. He served as the Commanding General of the 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC from June 2006 until July 2008. In addition to this role, he simultaneously served as the Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). During this tour, General Gaskin led II MEF (FWD) during its year-long deployment to Al Anbar Province, Iraq as the Commanding General of Multinational Forces-West. Previous assignments as a General Officer include service as the Vice Director of The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. from 2008 until  2009 and as the Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruiting Command in Quantico, VA beginning in September 2002. Additionally, he served as the Chief of Staff, Naval Striking and Support Forces-Southern Europe and as the Deputy Commanding General, Fleet Marine Forces-Europe in Naples, Italy from 2002 to 2004. General Gaskin's first assignment as a General Officer was the Commanding General, Training and Education Command in Quantico in March 2000.

A 1974 graduate from Savannah State University's NROTC Program with a Bachelor of Science, Lieutenant General Gaskin also earned a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1992. He has also completed the Senior Executive Seminar from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University in 2002. His professional military education includes The Basic School and Amphibious Warfare School (1982–83) in Quantico; the United States Army Command and Staff College, Leavenworth, KS (1986–1987); the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA (1993–1994); and the Combined/Joint Force Land Component Command (C/JFLCC) Course, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA (2009).



Sponsor of this Month’s Program - The Keaton Group, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.

The Savannah Council on World Affairs is grateful for the support of leadership enterprises in our community such as The Keaton Group.

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