The Boren Forum held its 12th annual Open House Reception on the evening of February 25, 2015 at the Hillyer Art Gallery in Washington, DC. In attendance were more than 100 National Security Education Program (NSEP) alumni and special guests, including officials from the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) and Institute for International Education.
The Boren Forum began by introducing its newly appointed 2015 Board of Directors. Representing diverse cultural backgrounds, these former NSEP alumni have been selected to input their individual expertise toward fulfilling the Boren Forum mission and leading the strategic development of the organization.
In addition, President and EHLS 2013 Scholar, Yenal Kucuker awarded Defense Intelligence Senior Leader and Director of Navy Foreign Language Office, Lee Johnson with the 2015 Spirit of Service Award. The award annually recognizes public servants and corporate executives whose work embody the Boren Forum’s values of cultural understanding and foreign service. President Kucuker commended Mr. Johnson’s work in developing the U.S. Navy’s Asia-Pacific Hands Program, guaranteeing the cultivation of a cadre of Asia experts with cultural and linguistic knowledge to support envoys and missions in the Pacific–both diplomatic and defense related.
“Mr. Johnson’s steadfast commitment and diligence in supporting the U.S. pivot to East Asia is a critical stepping stone to ensuring U.S. national security in the coming decades. Mr. Johnson serves as a role model for all NSEP alumni devoted to defending national interests,” commented Boren Forum Vice President Meghan Iverson.
As a welcome reception for recent and previous NSEP alumni, Boren Scholars, Fellows and EHLS Scholars had the opportunity to meet and share their abroad experiences. Alumni in attendance additionally competed for special raffle prizes throughout the night, discover the Forum’s Professional Development Committee, and 2015 agenda.
“I speak on behalf of the Board when I say we are honored and thankful to have welcomed such a large group of talented NSEP alumni. The tradition of uniting these linguistically and culturally gifted scholars at the Open House Reception connects the next generation of leaders to the national security community. We are excited for this year’s agenda as we help prepare NSEP’s brightest for their public service careers and beyond,” said President Kucuker.
The Boren Forum sends a special thank you to the Hillyer Art Gallery, NSEP alumni, and guests in attendance and for your generous contributions! We look forward to having you at our future events.