AUSA’s Thought Leaders livestream series—an extension of our Thought Leaders podcast—will temporarily take the place of the General Bernard W. Rogers Strategic Issues Forum and General Lyman L. Lemnitzer Lecture Series.
With a tight focus on senior military leaders and contemporary military authors, Thought Leaders seeks to educate the public on critical issues affecting land forces and strategy. Please join us on Thursday, 25 February 2021 at 1400 to hear a presentation by James Carl Nelson author of The York Patrol: The Real Story of Alvin York and the Unsung Heroes Who Made Him World War I's Most Famous Soldier.

Thursday February 25, 2021, starting at 2:00 PM EST
LTG Guy Swan III, U.S. Army Retired
AUSA Vice President, Education
James Carl Nelson
James Carl Nelson is the author of five books about the American experience in World War 1—The Remains of Company D: A Story of the Great War; Five Lieutenants: The Heartbreaking Story of Five Harvard Men Who Led America to Victory in WW1; I Will Hold: The Story of USMC Legend Clifton B. Cates, from Belleau Wood to Victory in the Great War; The Polar Bear Expedition: The Heroes of America’s Forgotten Invasion of Russia, 1918-1919; and The York Patrol: The Real Story of Alvin York and the Unsung Heroes Who Made Him World War 1’s Most Famous Soldier.
Nelson, who graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in journalism in 1983, spent 35 years working as a writer and reporter for various publications, including The Miami Herald, before becoming a full-time author. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Janet Goodrich and their sons, Ethan and Nathaniel
LTG Theodore Stroup
U.S. Army Retired
Lieutenant General Theodore G. Stroup, Jr., currently serves as a Senior Fellow, AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare. Previously, he was the AUSA Vice President, Education and as Executive Director of AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare from 1996 to 2013.
Prior to his retirement from active service, General Stroup was serving as the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. As a combat engineer, General Stroup has commanded at all levels. He has extensive overseas service as a sapper in Korea, Vietnam and Germany. His U.S. Army Corps of Engineers experience has been in both civil works/water resources and military construction. His critical staff billets have been in strategic resource planning and personnel operations for policy development/implementation in senior Army headquarters and the Army Staff, Pentagon.
General Stroup was commissioned through the U.S. Military Academy (1962) and later taught military science and engineering there.
General Stroup holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master’s in Finance and Economics from the American University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and U.S. Army War College.
General Stroup’s community and volunteer activities have included: Chairman of the Board, USMA Association of Graduates; President, Class of 1962 USMA; Director, Army Historical Foundation; Director, Army Engineer Regimental Association; Fellow, Society of American Military Engineers; Member, Personnel–Technology Committee, National Research Council of National Academy of Science; Member, American Society of Civil Engineers; Fellow, Inter University Seminar of Society and Armed Forces; Board Member, Helping Our Heroes Foundation, Walter Reed Army Medical Center; and Board member, LTG Timothy J. Maude Memorial Foundation: Board Member and Secretary. Marshall Legacy Foundation; Certified Master Gardener, Fairfax Master Gardeners Association.
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