Author, Former Marine Gives Veterans Day Talk
A former Marine Corps infantry officer who now heads a national security think tank will speak at Alma College on the eve of Veterans Day.
Nathaniel Fick, chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 in the Dunning Memorial Chapel. The talk is free and open to the public.
“His combined military and think tank experiences make him a perfect fit as Alma’s Veterans Day speaker,” says Bob Cunningham, associate provost and member of the Veterans Day task force.
Prior to his work at CNAS, Fick took part in the earliest phases of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2001 and 2002 and led a reconnaissance unit during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He also served as a civilian instructor at the Afghanistan Counterinsurgency Academy in Kabul in 2007 and on the Presidential Transition Team at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in 2008.
“I mostly know him through his exploits as detailed in the book Generation Kill by Evan Wright,” says Cunningham. “As a Marine Corps officer during the invasion of Iraq, he comes across as a strong leader, but also very thoughtful, insightful and witty.”
Fick is the author of the 2005 New York Times bestseller One Bullet Away, which received rave reviews from both The Washington Post and The Military Times. The Commanding General of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command made One Bullet Away required reading for officers deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Among other publications, Fick’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes and Foreign Policy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, and serves on the board of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, which provides educational opportunities for the children of Marines killed in action.
“His undergraduate degree is in classics and government from Dartmouth,” says Cunningham, “so he might have something to say about the liberal arts as well.”
Fick also holds an MPA in international security policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Posted: Wed, November 2nd, 2011 at 3:03PM