The first Department of Defense Professionalism Summit will be held at the U.S. Air Force Academy next week, according to a press release.
Slated for Feb. 22-24, the summit will bring together leaders from across all the military services to discuss topics about professionalism in the armed forces. There will be in-depth sessions about best practices, common issues and lessons learned with respect to transparency and accountable leadership.
“Each service has their unique traditions, culture and heritage,” said Rear Adm. Margaret Klein, the DoD Senior Advisor for Military Professionalism in the press release, “but we all share the beliefs that culture is a driver of combat efficiency and that trust is a force multiplier which affects our ability to innovate. The right answers will be a little bit different for each service based on their heritage, but I can’t overstate the positive impact of fostering cross-service conversations.”
The summits are excepted to become annual events, hosted at a different service academy every year. This year, the event kicks off the academy’s 23rd annual National Character and Leadership Symposium, which includes professionals and national speakers who discuss ethics, character development and leadership with cadets, as well as members of the public.