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ASB 2015-2016 - Bridging the Civil-Military Divide: Military Service as Public Service in the 21st Century

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Trip Name: 
Bridging the Civil-Military Divide: Military Service as Public Service in the 21st Century
Trip Location: 
East Coast
Air Travel Trip: 
This trip will travel by air.
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Trip Description: 
Over Spring Break students will travel to the East Coast to interact with peers their age in the military, from both the enlisted and officer corps to college students at U.S. military academies. In addition, students will learn from civilians serving in the State Department and the Pentagon. For the 2016 cohort, Leslie Bridges and James Stephens will lead a trip planning to visit the White House, the State Department, the Pentagon, Andrews Air force Base, Marine Corps Base Quantico, the U.S. Coast Guard Station in D.C., Walter Reed Hospital and the Arlington National Cemetery. The trip will conclude with 3 days and 2 nights at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. The class will provide an opportunity for Stanford students to ask questions from military personnel, veterans, and families of veterans and explore solutions on how to bridge the Civil-Military Divide.

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Custom Question: 
What is the greatest issue that veterans face when returning home? How do you feel this could be addressed?
Trip Leaders
Leslie is a junior undergraduate at Stanford University also majoring in Political Science. When she isn’t reading, she is often training as a Marine Corps Officer Candidate and plans on actively serving in the military post-graduation. She spent this summer at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia at Officer Candidate’s School and is excited that the trip will be visiting the base. Leslie also volunteers at the Menlo Park VA, works as an Oral Communications Tutor at the Hume Center and with the Stanford as a Peer Facilitator. If you catch her on a free day, she’s probably rock climbing, teaching yoga, or dancing on Akasma. Leslie took the ASB course, along with James, last year and is passionately invested in making the trip meaningful, exciting and the best spring break you’ve ever had!
James is a second-year transfer student majoring in Political Science. He is writing an honors thesis for the Political Science Research Honors Track on the American Civilian-Military Divide. James interned for the Pentagon in the Fall 2015 quarter. On campus, James participates in Haas Center programs including Ravenswood Reads, participates in research assistance, writes for the Stanford Daily, is a member of Stanford in Government and the Stanford Pre-Law Society, is a buddy in the Kids With Dreams Buddy Program and is a mentor for the Phoenix Scholars Program. James, along with Leslie, attended the 2015 ASB class and trip and both are both excited to lead our class as well as learn with it.