ON-Lion Letter

In early June, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John F. Guilmartin, Jr., was awarded the American Veterans Center's (AVC's) Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize at The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

A professor of military history at The Ohio State University, Guilmartin is a Vietnam War veteran, having flown more than 120 combat missions.  He attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, earning a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and graduating in 1962. 

Guilmartin trained as a helicopter pilot at Stead Air Force Base and went to Thailand in 1965 with the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service.  He flew missions in Thailand, Laos, and North Vietnam and was awarded two Silver Stars.

In 1996, Guilmartin returned to the U.S. and earned his master's and doctorate at Princeton University.  He is an authority on military history, maritime history, and the history of technology.  An early modern Europeanist whose research focuses primarily on 16th and 17th Centuries, Guilmartin is also interested in aerospace history and has written about the Vietnam and Gulf Wars.  He participates in the Bradley Fellowship Program.

The lecture is named after U.S. Army Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster.  Among other things, Goodpaster was NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; Commander in Chief of the United States European Command; and Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point.  The Goodpaster Prize was inaugurated in 2008 in an effort to honor the work of “soldier-scholars” who undertake groundbreaking work in military scholarship.

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports AVC.

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