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MOWW Presents Highest Honor To LANL Director

on December 10, 2015 - 4:50pm

Commander LTC Gregg Giesler, right, presents LANL Director Dr. Charles F. McMillan with the MOWW's highest honor during a gathering Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
On behalf of the Military Order of World Wars, Commander LTC Gregg Giesler presented the prestigious Silver Patrick Henry Medallion to Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Charles F. McMillan. The Silver Patrick Henry Medallion is the highest honor given by the MOWW.
 
“We presented the Silver Patrick Henry Medallion to Dr. McMillan for his many years of dedicated service to national security,” said Giesler of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229.
 
The MOWW is a patriotic Veterans Service Organization (VSO) centered on its motto, “It is nobler to serve than to be served.” Established in 1919, the organization promotes the welfare of this nation and provides an opportunity for officers of all uniformed services to unite in a strong program to promote national security, patriotism, good citizenship and service to country.
 
McMillan was the featured speaker Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park for the local group’s annual Pearl Harbor Commemoration, which included members from Santa Fe. He explained that it was the fourth time this year he has presented the talk titled, “Adapting to Geopolitical Uncertainty Through Technological Understanding”.
 
“You’re going to get the most refined version of this talk, which I’ve given to all three service academies this year,” McMillan said.
 
During his talk, McMillan discussed ramifications of the increasing pace of technological change during the current period of geopolitical uncertainty. Beginning with a discussion of the development of nuclear weapons during the race for victory in World War II, McMillan illustrated how groundbreaking scientific ideas by Albert Einstein in the early 20th century helped usher in the “Golden Age of Physics.”
 
He explained that these ideas not only led to victory against Japan in WWII, but also to other – sometimes surprising – technological discoveries that have shaped the modern geopolitical landscape.
 
“Only by cultivating a working and practical knowledge of scientific and technical concepts, will tomorrow’s leaders be ready and able to meet the challenges of a complex world driven by a rapidly changing technical environment,” McMillan said.
 
MOWW Preamble:
  • To cherish the memories and associations of the World Wars waged for humanity;
  • To inculcate and stimulate love of our country and flag;
  • To promote and further patriotic education in our nation;
  • Ever to maintain law and order, and to defend the honor, integrity, and supremacy of our national government and the Constitution of the United States;
  • To foster fraternal relations among all branches of the armed forces;
  • To promote the cultivation of military, naval, and air science and the adoption of a consistent and suitable policy of national security for the United States of America;
  • To acquire and preserve records of individual services;
  • To encourage and assist in the holding of commemorations and the establishment of memorials of the World Wars; and
  • To transmit all these ideals to posterity; under God and for our country, we unite to establish…
–The Military Order of the World Wars
LANL Director Dr. Charles F. McMillan presenting a talk to the MOWW Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LANL Director Dr. Charles F. McMillan uses a special prop during his talk to the MOWW Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LANL Director Dr. Charles F. McMillan speaking to the MOWW Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL Director Dr. Charles F. McMillan speaking to the MOWW Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL Director Dr. Charles F. McMillan answers questions from the audience at the MOWW gathering Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LANL Director Dr. Charles F. McMillan speaking to the MOWW Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Major General Franklin Miles, left, and Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson at Sunday's MOWW event at the Los Alamos Research Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

MOWW member Robert Hull, left, speaks with LANL Director Dr. Charles F. McMillan, right, Sunday at the Los Alamos Research Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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