Brigadier General Brian S. Eifler

Thursday, November 14, 2019Image of BG Brian Eifler
3:00 p.m.
University Center Auditorium

BG Eifler assumed the duties as the Army Chief Legislative Liaison December 2018.  He previously served as Deputy Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division and the Director, CJ3 for Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.  A native of Michigan, BG Eifler graduated and received his commission as an Infantry Officer from Central Michigan University. While at Central Michigan, he also graduated from Airborne and Ranger school. He has served in command and leadership positions in: the 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Michigan National Guard, the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, III Corps, 4th Infantry Division, 1st Armored Division, 75th Ranger Regiment Special Troops Bn, 25th Infantry Division, 10th Mountain Division and HQDA staff. BG Eifler Commanded the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry in Germany, the 75th Ranger Regiment Special Troops Battalion at Fort Benning, and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry Division in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. 


LTC (Ret) Steve Kenyon

Wednesday, November 14, 2018Image of LTC Steve Kenyon
5:30 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium

LTC (Ret) Steve Kenyon, U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador for Michigan, discussed "Our Great American Army -- complemented in three components: Active, Guard and Reserve." This talk was sponsored by the Department of Military Science and Leadership and the Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute as the keynote speaker for the COL William B. Nolde Lecture Series. The lecture series seeks to promote an understanding of the role of the United States Armed Forces in the life and history of the United States and to recognize the tie between military science and the broader disciplines within the university. Colonel William B. Nolde was the last official casualty of the Vietnam War. He twice served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Central Michigan University.

LTC (RET) Thomas G. Louzon

"Desert Shield & Storm from an Armor Company Commander's Point of View"

Wednesday, November 15, 2017Image of Thomas Louzon.
5:30 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium

LTC (Ret) Thomas Louzon graduated from CMU in May 1983 and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army through CMU ROTC.  He served in the Army from 1983 through the conclusion of the Desert Storm War on February 28, 1991.  After retiring from the Army, LTC Louzon moved to Albany, New York, where he taught ROTC courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He retired from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Contract Compliance Programs in Detroit, Michigan, on September 22, 2017.  He currently resides in Royal Oak, Michigan, with his wife Linda. 

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COL (Ret) Nelson E. Modrall

"One Army Officer's 24-year Career Path: From CMU Army ROTC Cadet to Colonel, USA"
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Park Library Auditori​um

Retired ​COL Modrall served in the military from 1963 to 1989 with most assignments in the military intelligence field. His oversees tours included over 100 combat surveillance missions over North Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He graduated from CMU in 1963 and received his Master's Degree in 1980, also from CMU.

BG (Ret) Michael C.H. McDanielImage of BG Michael McDaniel
"Chivalry and the Modern Warfighter"
November 4, 2015
5:30p.m. Park Library Auditorium

BG McDaniel is a Professor and Director of Homeland Security Law Programs at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Mr. Terence Moore
Image of Terence Moore
"The Value of ROTC in  the Civilian World"
January 21, 2015

Mr. Moore was commissioned through CMU ROTC in 1965 with the Chemical Warfare Corps, Paratrooper. After his service he completed a Master’s Degree in Business from CMU, and another Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri in 1970.  

Mr. Moore has been the President of Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (2011-2013); Executive in Residence at Saginaw Valley State University in the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and taught graduate classes there as well (2008-2011); President of MidMichigan Health (1982-2008); President of MidMichigan Medical Center (1977-1985). 

COL (R) John M. Hinck

​"Being Smart is Your Best Weapon"
January 29, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Brooks Hall 176​
Global Campus faculty member and retired Col. John M. Hinck presents "Being Smart is Your Best Weapon" as the keynote speaker for the spring 2014 William B. Nolde Lecture Series. Hinck has more than 22 years of experience in the Army, currently teaches communication courses at CMU, and has presented leadership lessons to many organizations. The goal of the series is to promote the importance of leadership, both in the military and American society. 


CPT (Ret) William R. Talcott
"You Will Receive More Than A Commission"
September 4, 2013
Talcott served for 11 months in Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Reconnaissance Platoon Leader and Assistant S-3. His decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, a Bronze Star for Service, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry as an individual award. He also completed three years of active duty with the 3rd Brigade of the 82nd at Fort Bragg as the Assistant S-3. He was honorably discharged in 1971 and then worked for 40 years in employee benefits sales and sales management in Chicago.

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Ret. Brigadier General John E. Leatherman
"Effective Leadership"
March 13, 2012

General John E. Leatherman is a 1993 Central Michigan University Graduate with a Business Degree.

General Leatherman began his military career in 1968 serving on active duty in the United States Army. He was commissioned an infantry officer upon completion of Officer Candidate School on April 18, 1969. General Leatherman was appointed in the Michigan Army National Guard on April 19, 1979.

He has served as Armor Company Commander, Armor Battalion Commander, and Infantry Brigade Commander. He is a member of the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame and a graduate of US Army War College. He served in Vietnam in 1969-70.

His final assignment was as the 38th Infantry Division Assistant Division Commander, Michigan Army National Guard Retiring in 2005.


The goal of the series - is in honor of COL William B. Nolde, former CMU Military Science Professor who was the last official casualty of the Vietnam War - is to promote the importance of leadership both in the Military and in American society as a whole.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Military Science Department at 989-774-3049.​