2018 Goodpaster Prize and Lecture

(L to R)Peter McCarthy, Special Events Committee, Army and Navy Club; Jim Roberts, President, American Veterans Center; Gen. Jack Keane (USA–Ret.); Susan Goodpaster Sullivan, daughter of Gen. Andrew Goodpaster; Diane Sehler, Senior Advisor to the President of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation; Tim Holbert, Senior Vice President, American Veterans Center.

The AVC and Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation presented the 2018 Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize to General Jack Keane (USA–Ret.) on July 17, 2018 at the historic Army and Navy Club in downtown Washington, DC.

The Goodpaster Prize and its accompanying lecture is commemorating its ninth year, and celebrates the life and career of Andrew J. Goodpaster, a decorated hero of World War II who went on to serve as commander of NATO and Superintendent of West Point. The prize recognizes the work of ‘soldier-scholars’ in the mold of General Goodpaster, one of the military’s most esteemed thinkers. The 2018 Lecture can be viewed below.

2018 Goodpaster Lecture: General Jack Keane from American Veterans Center on Vimeo.

A four-star general, General John M. “Jack” Keane completed over 37 years of public service in December 2003, culminating in his appointment as acting Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army. As the chief operating officer of the Army for over 4 years, he directed 1.5 million soldiers and civilians in 120 countries, with an annual operating budget of 110 billion dollars. General Keane was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and provided oversight and support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Following his retirement from active duty, Gen. Keane was one of the principal architects of the “surge” strategy in Iraq adopted by then-president George W. Bush and implemented by Gen. David Petraeus.