After-Action Report: RVM #2 with Reuben Brigety II

Last week we heard from Reuben Brigety II (USNA ’95). Reuben is Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, and was US Ambassador to the African Union during the Ebola crisis of 2014. A key point from his remarks: Coronavirus respects no political boundaries or divisions of culture or class. If it affects groups of people differently, look to the leadership of those groups—or their lack thereof—to learn why.

Here are some excerpts from Reuben’s remarks…

“There is an opportunity for all of us who have been trained to lead from a very young age, and have had the exceptional experience of leading in very difficult circumstances, to help our communities deal with this threat.”

We heard from all of our attendees, but one of the last to speak really made a huge impression. This was an extraordinary statement from Darrin Briggs (USNA ’03) on the strength of the military network across ALL services, and the incredible leverage that can happen when we have the courage to ask our shipmates for help.

“This network is amazing…. If you’re looking for help in the transition, leverage it. Don’t be shy, don’t be embarrassed. You’re not weak because you’re asking for help; in fact, the opposite is true.”

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