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October 20th, 2011

Fellow Flag & General Officers:
We have received several member requests regarding military-related events and efforts that will take place in the next 2-3 weeks, and thus we need to get the information out to you so you are aware of it and don't miss any events that you want to attend or efforts that you would like to be involved with.
1.  Shipbuilding Breakfast Invitation from Admiral Skip Bowman:  We recently received the following message from Navy Admiral [Ret.] Skip Bowman with regard to a new shipbuilding suppliers organization on whose Board of Directors he sits, and inviting TFGON Members to a breakfast the organization is holding on Nov. 4th at the U. S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC.  Full details on the event and how to RSVP to attend are on the organization's website, the URL for which is  Admiral Bowman's message to TFGON follows:

Dear Jim,

As you have recently heard, I have taken a position on the Board of Directors of the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA). This is a new association, and I understand you have been briefed concerning its purpose. As you know, the Navy is facing a crisis in the shipbuilding arena due to escalating costs and declining budgets. I believe that organizations like ASSA have the potential to provide an additional opportunity for the exchange of ideas and suggestions to help shape the direction the Navy pursues regarding resolution of critical shipbuilding issues. I also believe that active participation by the supplier base is essential to this effort. I wanted to make you and The Flag & General Officers' Network aware of, and invited to, the inaugural event for ASSA on November 4, 2011 at the US Navy Memorial in Washington DC. The event will begin at 0800 with a Continental breakfast starting at 0700. I would encourage participation for those former flag officers that share an interest in shipbuilding to attend this event. Registration information is available on the ASSA website at 

I appreciate you giving this information the widest dissemination possible.


Frank L. "Skip" Bowman

Admiral, US Navy (retired)

2.  Luncheon Invitation re: Infections Killing U. S. Wounded Military Personnel:  Another event of potential high interest to TFGON Members, particularly in the Medical Corps, is a luncheon being hosted by the Pew Charitable Trusts at their HQ in Washington, DC.  The focus is on infections that are killing U. S. military personnel because there is no effective antibiotic to fight the infection.  Wounded personnel are particularly vulnerable due to their reduced immune systems.  Futher details follow in the invitation sent by Pew, including listing of speakers from DARPA, the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, and the Army Infectious Diseases staff, so the information should be very current and also very accurate.  The invitation follows:

The Pew Health Group's Antibiotics and Innovation Project invites members of The Flag & General Officers' Network toour luncheon:  Unarmed and Outnumbered: The U.S. Military's Need for New Weapons in the Fight against Superbugs, at the Washington, D.C., offices of The Pew Charitable Trusts on Thursday, November 3, 2011. Lunch will be served at 11:30am, followed by presentations and discussion. Confirmed speakers include Congressman Phil Gingrey M.D. (R-GA) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Thanks to modern military technology, warfighters who sustain serious injuries are surviving more often than ever before. Ironically, however, more survivors mean more infections and a greater need for antibiotics. Yet at this very moment, we are at a troubling crossroads. In one direction, the number of drug-resistant infections is increasing. In the opposite direction, the number of new antibiotics needed to fight those diseases is dropping—and our servicemen and women are caught in the middle.

Leaders from military and veterans' communities and from the federal government will come together to discuss how concerned organizations can best use their resources to advance the dialogue about the urgent need for new antibiotics to treat our warfighters and veterans. Representatives from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) are also expected to attend.

Please contact Rachel Zetts at 202-540-6557 or to RSVP or if you have any questions.


Antibiotics and Innovation Project

PEW Health Group

Also, if you RSVP to attend, please CC me [Jim Carey] so I know which of our TFGON Members will be there. I DO plan to attend. Many thanks.

3.  Canadian Forces College November Event in Toronto, including two panelists/speakers from TFGON:  Some of our TFGON Members have been involved in the past as speakers or symposium leaders at the Canadian Forces College, Canada's equivalent to the USA National War College.  This particular event will be held at CFC in Toronto in the 8-10 Nov. timeframe.  Full details follow in their invitation to TFGON.  The point of contact for any questions or wishing to be considered as a panelist is Major Michael Wiesenfeld, Canadian Army, currently on staff at the CFC:
The Canadian Forces College will be holding a Symposium on the Koreas on 8-10 Nov, 2011. We are looking to find two American panellists. The first would be a former Commander of either US Forces in Korea or in the Pacific Region.  The second would be a senior member of the Intelligence community who is knowledgeable about Korea.

For the panellists, we offer the following:

-Business Class Airfare from their home city to Toronto (with return, of course, in Business Class).

-Premium Accommodations in Toronto

-All meals, transport, etc.

-$500 honorarium.

-An assigned Aide-de-Camp from the moment of their arrival until their flight departure.

There will be four main themes for the Symposium (Chatham House rules will apply):

A. Strategic Surprise: How is it that we continue to be surprised about the Korean Issue? B. Through What Method Might the Koreas Unite? C. Should Canada Engage in the Korean Issue and, If So, How? D. How Would a Unified Korea Redefine the Region? A very interesting group of speakers has been invited. Amongst them are: Prof. Greg Chin, York University, formerly with the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

Prof. Anthony Seaboyer, Royal Military College and Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. Scott Snyder, Council on Foreign Relations, New York. Senior Col. Ouyang Wei, Professor, National Defence University, Beijing. Former Senator Paul Sarbanes, Maryland. Dr. Leon Sigal, Social Science Research Council, New York. Dr. Wade Huntley, formerly with the Nautilus Institute and the University of British Columbia and now at the Naval Graduate School, Monterey, California. Dr. James Boutilier, Special Advisor (Policy), Canadian Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, Esquimalt, British Columbia.

4.  Navy League of the United States Evening Event at NLUS HQ in Arlington, VA 9 Nov:  This invitation comes from TFGON Member Rear Admiral [Ret.] Tim Fanning, Former National President of the Navy League, and it has broad application to ALL our military service branches in that it has to do with treatment for brain injury through use of high-level oxygenation with hyperbaric chambers.  It is an evening event, with full details in the NLUS invitation below, including details as to how to RSVP.   If you have any questions regarding either the event or the topic, please contact Admiral Fanning direct at


The Navy League of the United States

invites you to a presentation on

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

for healing our Traumatic Brain Injured Veterans


Navy league


Wednesday, November 9th, 2011


The Navy League Conference Room

(Lobby Level)

2300 Wilson Blvd

Arlington, VA


Please join us for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails during a discussion about providing HBOT medical treatments for Traumatic Brain Injuries




Please reply by November 4th, 2011


That should do it for this message.  Obviously, lots going on with more to come as these governments and organizations become more aware of TFGON and the exceptional talents, qualifications, experience and credentials of our membership. And while this issue seems very Navy-oriented, TFGON welcomes these kinds of events and invitations from ALL of our Service Branches.  Also, we request you use the points of contact listed in each section above for questions or RSVP details or other matters, as we are just a little over a week away from this month's TFGON Quarterly Networking Reception on 28 OCT, and thus are at overload with logistics and administrative matters related to that event.  Many thanks.
With all good wishes,
Jim Carey

James J Carey
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Jim Carey

National Chairman

John A. Dubia
Lieutenant General [Ret.]
John A. Dubia

ARMY Board Member &
ARMY Vice Chairman

Gordon Nash
Lieutenant General [Ret.]
Jack W. Klimp

Board Member: USMC

Steve Kunkle
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
James B. Godwin III

Board Member: NAVY

Robert Wray
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Robert Wray


Mark Beesley
Brigadier General [Ret.]
Mark Beesley

Board Member: USAF

Ted F. Bowlds
Lieutenant General [Ret.]
Ted F. Bowlds


Norman Sauders
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Norm Saunders

Board Member: USCG

Jeff Hathaway
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Jeff Hathaway


Edward Rodriguez
Major General [Ret.]
Donna Barbisch, USA

Board Member At Large

Kirk Foster
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Kirk Foster, JAGC, US NAVY

Corporate Secretary
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