Upcoming events

22 Oct 2015 6:00 PM • Army-Navy Country Club; 1700 Army Navy Drive; Arlington VA 22202


The triennial election for the nine members of the FAO Association Board of Governors is being conducted online now.  We have extended the voting through 31 August 2015.  Only Association members  who are are up to date with their dues may vote.  If you join the Association and are a member in good standing before midnight on 31 August 2015, you are welcome to vote in the election. The FAO Association Board of Governors consists of nine elected members and four ex-officio non-voting members (the four military service FAO proponent chiefs). Members elected in August 2015 will begin their terms in October and serve until 2018. Ideally the Board of Governors will represent as many FAO regional specialties, and as many different services, as possible. Candidates for election include seven current or former Board members and six new nominees from the Association membership pool. You may vote for up to nine persons. READ CANDIDATE BIOS AND CAST YOUR VOTES HERE 


Mark your calendars for the 2105 FAO Association Black Tie Dinner:

Thursday, 22 October 2015 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA. 

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Keith W. Dayton

Director, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Germany

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Keith W. Dayton is director, of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.  He is responsible for orchestrating resident courses, outreach programs and an international interagency network of more than 8,000 government officials throughout Europe, Eurasia, Central Asia and South East Europe in fields of international security studies, defense and foreign affairs. 

He retired from the U.S. Army active duty December 1, 2010, as a lieutenant general after more than 40 years of service.  His last assignment while on active duty was as U.S. security coordinator to Israel and Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem.

A foreign area officer by training, General Dayton studies at the U.S. Army Russian Institute in Garmisch.  His assignments in that field included politico-military staff officer for the Army in Washington D.C; U.S. defense attaché in Russia; and deputy director for politico-military affairs, Europe and Africa, for the J-5 division of the joint staff in Washington D.C.

General Dayton also worked as Director for Operations and Director for Human Intelligence (HUMINT) for the Defense intelligence Agency in Washington D.C., including duty director of the Iraqi Survey Group for Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq; and went on to direct the strategy, plans and policy division for the Department of the Army before his assignment to Jerusalem in December, 2005.

General Dayton earned a senior service college fellowship to Harvard University, and served as the senior Army fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

His military awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster.

General Dayton has a bachelor of arts degree in history from the College of William and Mary, a master's degree in history from Cambridge University, and a master's degree in international relations from the University of Southern California.  He speaks Russian and some German. 

Kurt Marisa, Colonel, USAF (ret.)

President, FAO Association

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