The Veteran's Day Speaker series was started to honor those among the Milton Academy community who served. In recent years, the Public Issues Board has helped select the speaker.
In 2018, Milton is honored to have Brigadier General Richard F. Johnson and Mr. Shamim Khan Katawazai speaking to us via video link from Afghanistan.
Brigadier General Richard F. Johnson
Brigadier General Richard F. Johnson is the Deputy Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division. He is the Task Force Southeast Commanding General in Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.
BG Johnson, a highly decorated veteran on his fifth combat deployment, has led soldiers as a Platoon Leader in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. He has served in a number of domestic security and natural disaster response operations, including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and held command experience and roles for the Massachusetts National Guard and the National Guard Bureau Homeland Security Institute.
A graduate of the U.S. Army War College and the Command and General Staff College, he completed the National Security Management Fellowship at Syracuse University and holds graduate degrees in Public Affairs and Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts. He was also a National Security Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.
BG Johnson has served in his current position since April 2018, and is scheduled to redeploy next month. He commands over 2,000 United States servicemen and women, civilians, and contractors in Afghanistan. He also partners and advises directly with the leadership of the Afghanistan National Army's 203rd Corps and 303rd Police Zone, and works directly with all seven provincial governors. Last but not least, he is the father of two Class I students, Kiely and Julia.
Mr. Shamim Khan Katawazai
Mr. Shamim Khan Katawazai is the Provincial Governor of Paktia Province in Afghanistan. He comes from a prominent family with deep tribal roots in the "Loya Paktia Region" of Afghanistan. His brother is a high-ranking member of Parliament from Paktika. Governor Katawazai is a well-respected and valuable partner in moving toward peace in Afghanistan, and a great example of a person who chooses to serve his country and fellow Afghans in spite of the danger he faces every day.