The Friends of Preston Library hosted its Fall Program on Friday, 26 October, at 3 p.m. in the Turman Room of Preston Library. The guest speaker was Lt. Col. Brad Coleman, ’95, who gave a talk entitled “Making National Security Policy: The Historian’s Role.” Brad gave an engaging and educational program on how historians work with various decision makers in the Federal government and the role of applied history in these areas.
Lt. Col. Coleman holds the George J. Collins, Sr., Chair in Military History and is Director of the John Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis. He received his B.A. in history from the Virginia Military Institute and M.A. from Temple University. He earned his doctorate at the University of Georgia, where he studied military history, U.S. foreign relations, and inter-American affairs. Before joining the VMI faculty, he served as the command historian at U.S. Southern Command, the Department of Defense headquarters for U.S. forces in Latin America and the Caribbean.