Army War College Panelists Announced

March 28, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Panelists for Wednesday’s U.S. Army War College presentation at the University of Mount Union have been selected. Panelists will speak at 6 p.m. in the Mount Union Theatre on national security issue topics including the U.S. role in Iraq and Afghanistan, the mounting nuclear threat in Iran and the U.S. role in world humanitarian efforts.

The event is co-sponsored by the University of Mount Union’s Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement and the Department of Political Science and International Studies.

Members of the U.S. Army War College will be on campus for the second consecutive year to address global issues. This year’s experts representing the U.S. Army are Col. Michael Marti, Col. Jonathan Neumann and Col. Michael “Scotty” Patton. They will be accompanied by Dr. Larry D. Miller, an Alliance native and professor, and director of communicative arts at the Army War College.

According to Harry Paidas, interim director of the Regula Center, panelists will spend most of the day Wednesday interacting with students and faculty members and will conclude the day with the presentation which is free and open to the public. A reception will precede the presentation from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Mount Union Theatre.

“Each of the panelists brings a unique perspective and has been on the front lines of our nation’s most formidable challenges,” Paidas said. “Last year’s presentation was one of our most talked about events of the academic year and we expect this year’s to be equally informative given the various global crises.”

Col. Michael Marti is a native of Archbold, Ohio, and now calls Carlisle, Pa. home. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Marti now serves as a resident student at the U.S. Army War College. From 2008-2011, he was the Senior Intelligence Officer for the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga. and in Northern Iraq. Previously, he was a Branch Chief in the Iraq Intelligence Cell on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 

Initially, Col. Marti was commissioned as an infantry officer, but he has spent the last 16 years serving in various tactical and strategic military intelligence assignments around the world. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom three times and participated in a United States military training mission in Saudi Arabia. 

Marti is a life member of the Military Intelligence Corps Association, 82nd Airborne Division Association, 3rd Infantry Division Association and American Legion. His awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Award, Army Achievement Medal, Ranger Tab and U.S. Parachutist Badge.

Col. Jon Neumann, a native of Montana, received his commission from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in May 1989. His first assignment in the Army was to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as a platoon leader, company executive officer, and battalion staff officer. During that assignment, he participated in deployments to the Middle East for Operations Desert Shield/Storm and to Dade County, Fla. for recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. 

As a captain, Neumann served as a company commander at Fort Riley, Kan., and at Fort Myer, Va. Following the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Neumann served in Hawaii as a staff officer and again saw combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During an additional two years in Hawaii, he served as the aide-de-camp to the commander of all Army forces in the Pacific Theater. 

In December 2006, Neumann reported to Fort Lewis where he took command of 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry as it activated as part of the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Under his command, the battalion deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2009 to July 2010.

Neumann has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

Col. Scotty Patton enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1986 as a Private E-1 in the Infantry and has risen to the rank of Colonel in the Regular Army. Originally from Sallisaw, Okla., he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., a masters of human resource management from Webster University in St Louis, Mo., and is a graduate of the Command General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He is a resident student at the U.S. Army War College. From 2010-2011, he was the Chief of Fires (Field Artillery) for 2nd Infantry Division Camp Red Cloud Korea. Previously, he was the Battalion Commander for 1st/19th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Okla.  

Patton was commissioned as a Regular Army Field Artillery Officer in 1989. His qualifications include the Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Pathfinder Badge. He has served in Operations Desert Shield/Storm with the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault, Operation Desert Strike with the 1st Cavalry Division and Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II with the 1st Armored Division. He also participated in NATO missions in Hungary in 2002 and assisted the South Korean Army during Yeonpyeong Island artillery attack from North Korea in November 2010. 

Awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

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