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AUSA's Thought Leaders Webinar series invites you to join us on Wednesday, 21 July 2021, at 14:00 EDT for a panel discussion on Holistic Health.

Chief of Staff of the Army General James C. McConville states: “Our Army’s people are our greatest strength and our most important weapon system.” The goal of this panel discussion is to explore the importance of the human dimension in future large-scale combat operations to ensure integration and synchronization of multiple domains on the battlefield. Soldiers’ physical, cognitive and emotional health serves as a foundation to readiness. General Robert B. Brown, USA, Ret., spearheaded the Army’s Human Dimension White Paper; it provides the strategic framework and importance of more holistically investing in our most important weapon system–the U.S. Soldier. One key component of this strategy is to facilitate decision dominance, i.e., the ability to make the right decision, at the right time, for the right effect. Lieutenant General Walter E. Piatt has extensively written on and advocated for the dual importance of mindfulness for cognitive and mental health and for performance on the battlefield. A cornerstone to the success of this strategy is optimizing the physical, cognitive and emotional health and readiness of Soldiers. Lieutenant General R. Scott Dingle is transforming Army Medicine with a focus on readiness for Soldiers, leaders and installations. Together, these three leaders will share how investing in the “People First” strategy will not only help the health and wellness of our Soldiers but is as foundational to readiness as “Winning Matters.”

Wed, Jul 21, 2021 · 2:00 PM EDT
General Robert B. Brown, U.S. Army Retired
Executive Vice President, AUSA
General Brown is an experienced leader, culminating over 38 years of service as Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific, the Army’s largest Service Component Command, responsible for 106,000 Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians across the Indo-Pacific Region.

General Brown is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he was commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant. His assignments took him across the globe including deployments in support of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Other senior level commands include the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Georgia.

Known as an innovator, team builder, and leader developer, General Brown was involved in significant change within the Army. He was a key leader in the development of the modular brigade and Stryker Brigade Combat Team; the improvement of the Army’s educational system through the development of Army University; the writing of the Army’s first Leader Development Doctrine in Field Manual 6-22; the Army Human Dimension Strategy and the future Army warfighting concept of Multi-Domain Operations.

He also served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Army Europe; Deputy Commanding General (Support) for the 25th Infantry Division; Commander, 1st Brigade (Stryker) 25th Infantry Division; Commander, 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division; the Joint Staff, J-8; Army Staff, Strategy and War Plans Division G3/5/7 in the Pentagon; Aide-de-Camp, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; Executive Officer to Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command; Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, Center for Enhanced Performance, USMA, West Point and Infantry Assignment Officer, HRC.

General Brown holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Education from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies (Distinguished Graduate) from National Defense University. He was a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Association of the United States Army before becoming Executive Vice President in January 2021.

He and his wife, Patti, have three daughters, and five grandchildren.

Lieutenant General Walter Piatt
Director of Army Staff
Lieutenant General Walter Piatt enlisted in the Army in 1979 after graduating from Somerset Area High School and served in the Army as an Infantryman for four years. Following his enlistment, he attended Lock Haven University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology; commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in 1987.
His military education includes the School of Advanced Military Studies, and a fellowship with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University's Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service. He holds two masters degrees in military history and military science and an honorary doctorate degree for public service from Lock Haven University.
Lieutenant General Piatt served in numerous positions all over the world to include tours in Korea, Panama, Hawaii, Alaska and Germany. He completed several operational deployments to include Suriname, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and published two books from his experience in Afghanistan.
Lieutenant General Piatt served as the Commanding General for the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum from 2017 – 2019. In March of 2018 the Division deployed to Iraq and assumed duties as the Coalition Joint Force Land Component Command (CJFLCC) where LTG Piatt led the transition of the CJFLCC to the Iraqi Security Forces.
Walt is honored to serve as the 57th Director of the Army Staff.
Lieutenant General R. Scott Dingle
45th Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command
LTG R. Scott Dingle is The 45th Surgeon General of the United States Army and Commanding General, United States Army Medical Command. Prior to his appointment as The Surgeon General and Commanding General, he served as the Deputy Surgeon General and Deputy Commanding General (Support), U.S. Army Medical Command.
Previous military assignments include: Commanding General, Regional Health Command – Atlantic; Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, Office of The Surgeon General (OTSG), Falls Church, VA; Commander, 30th Medical Brigade, Germany; Director, Health Care Operations/G-3, OTSG, Falls Church, VA; Commander, U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Brigade, Fort Knox, KY; Commander, 261st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC; Chief, Current Operations, Special Plans Officer, Healthcare Operations Executive Officer, OTSG, Falls Church, VA; Chief, Medical Plans and Operations Multinational Corps-Iraq Surgeon’s Office, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Baghdad, Iraq; Chief, Medical Plans and Operations, 18th Airborne Corps Surgeon’s Office, Fort Bragg, NC; Executive Officer, 261st Area Support Medical Battalion (44th MEDCOM), Fort Bragg, NC; Ground Combat Planner for CJTF -180, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Baghdad, Iraq; Assistant Chief of Staff, Plans and Exercises, 44th Medical Command and 18th Airborne Corps Plans Officer, Fort Bragg, NC; Chief, Division Medical Operations Center, 1st Armored Division, Germany; Instructor, Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Plans Officer, 3rd Infantry Division Medical Operations Center, Germany; Commander, Charlie Company, 3rd Forward Support Battalion, Germany; Commander, Medical Company and Medical Hold Detachment, Fort Eustis, VA; Chief of Plans, Operations, Training, and Security, Fort Eustis, VA; Adjutant, Fort Eustis, VA; Ambulance Platoon leader and Motor Officer, 75th Forward Support Battalion, 194th Separate Armored Brigade; Fort Knox, KY.
LTG Dingle is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Morgan State University. His degrees include Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, Master of Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
Awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (two Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (seven Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Commendation Medal (two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Humanitarian Service Medal, the Order of Military Medical Merit, Recruiters Medallion, the Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Army Surgeon General’s prestigious 9A Proficiency Designator, Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
Colonel Deydre Teyhen
Deputy of Therapeutics for Operation Warp Speed at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the 20th Chief, U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps (SP)
COL Deydre Teyhen was born in Canton, Ohio and received her Bachelor of Arts in Sports Science at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1993. She earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the U.S. Army-Baylor University in 1995, completed her Ph.D. in Biomechanics from the University of Texas in 2004, and her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from the Baylor University in 2008. COL Teyhen graduated with honors from the U.S. Army War College with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies in 2014.
COL Teyhen currently serves simultaneously as the Deputy of Therapeutics for Operation Warp Speed at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the 20th Chief, U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps (SP). She most recently served as the Commander for Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the Department of Defense’s largest biomedical research facility. She led infectious disease, brain, and behavioral health research efforts; including research to prevent, detect, and treat COVID-19. COL Teyhen’s previous assignments include Commander, U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks; Assistant Chief of Staff- Public Health at the Army’s Office of the Surgeon General; Commander, Public Health Command Region- South; Deputy Director, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center at Ft Detrick, MD; Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Physical Therapy Research for the U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston, TX; Officer-in-Charge of Task Force 10 Delta Med in Al Kut, Iraq; Chief of Musculoskeletal Care Center and Chief of Physical Therapy at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Ft Meade, MD; Chief of Outpatient Physical Therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Chief of Physical Therapy, 21st Combat Support Hospital in Tuzla, Bosnia; and Physical Therapist at Darnall Army Community Hospital at Ft Hood, TX.
COL Teyhen’s personal research portfolio focuses on Soldier health and medical readiness (public health, musculoskeletal medicine, behavioral health, resiliency, imaging, and technology). Her research accomplishments include over 210 peer-reviewed publications, editorials, book chapters, and published abstracts; 120 presentations at conferences; and 150 invited lectures. COL Teyhen is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and a Cooper Institute Certified Health Promotion Director.
COL Teyhen’s key military awards include the Legion of Merit (3OLC), the Army Medical Department’s Order of Military Medical Merit, the Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator, and the U.S. Army War College Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research. Key civilian awards include Dissertation Award from the University of Texas, the American Physical Therapy Association, Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member, and inducted into the Kinesiology and Health Education Distinguished Alumna Hall of Honor, University of Texas.
COL Teyhen is married to COL (Ret) John V. Teyhen III who recently served as the Deputy Command Surgeon of the U.S. Army Pacific Command before retiring in October 2018 after 34 years of service. He is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Director – Combat Support at the Defense Health Agency. They have accomplished their goal to be the first military couple to run a marathon in all 50 states, and are working towards 100 marathons to include all 7 continents.
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