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Keynote: Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Groberg
November 15-17
Washington, DC

Keynote Speaker:

Captain Florent "Flo" Groberg was born in the suburbs of Paris. In middle school he and his family moved to the United States, and Flo became a naturalized citizen in 2001. He joined the Army in 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, and again in 2012. During his second tour, Flo was guarding a high-level U.S.-Afghan delegation and noticed someone suspicious: a local man stumbling towards his patrol. Flo tackled the man, who was wearing a suicide vest, before he could reach the patrol. Four people died in the explosion, but many were spared. Flo was badly wounded and spent the next three years in recovery. On November 12, 2015, Captain Groberg was given the nation's highest military award, the Congressional Medal of Honor - the first immigrant to be so recognized since the Vietnam War.

Captain Groberg's book, 8 Seconds of Courage, tells the story from his childhood in France to his decision to enlist and the grueling training he underwent at U.S. Army Ranger school. It was a powerful sense of responsibility that compelled him to take his brave action to save lives, even at the risk of his own.

Other Confirmed Speakers:

Rosa Brooks is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a columnist for Foreign Policy, and a law professor at Georgetown University. ( Full bio.

Eliot A. Cohen is Robert E. Osgood professor at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). ( Full bio.)

Head over to our  conference website  to purchase your tickets at exclusive Early-Bird rates now!

July Promotion - Councils that purchase a  Table of Eight will receive:
  • One additional complimentary Conference registration
  • Premium table location
  • One complimentary 1918 Society membership
WACA strongly encourages Councils to promote the Conference locally and through social media. Please reach out to the National Office for assistance with your publicity.

Staying at the Capital Hilton
We have secured a special group rate:
  • 1 Queen/King bed Deluxe Room: $279/night          (Single/Double Occupancy) plus tax

This distinguished hotel is located 
in  the heart of our nation's capital -  just two blocks from the White House. Convenient to three Metro stations and Ronald Reagan National Airport, the hotel is within walking distance of museums, memorials,  shopping,  dining, nightlife, and more.

Further announcements on National Conference speakers and other program details will be made in the coming weeks.

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