We are honored to announce that the keynote speaker for this year's FAOA Black Tie Dinner will be Major General Richard M. "Dick" Lake, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) speaking on "Humanitarian Operations in Complex, Security-Challenged Environments" We hope you will be able to join us.
Dick Lake serves as the Director of Security for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - one of the largest private foundations in the world. Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. The mission of the foundation’s Global Security Team is to consistently deliver a secure working environment for our employees and partners globally so they can realize their full potential and fulfill the foundation’s overall mission. Prior to joining the foundation, Dick served for over 36 years in the U.S. Marine Corps retiring as a Major General with assignments as a general officer at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps and in joint/interagency assignments in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of command and staff assignments as an infantry, intelligence, and foreign area officer in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and Africa including training, humanitarian, crisis, contingency, and combat operations.
His formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from The Citadel, a Master of Arts in Management from Central Michigan University, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and an honorary doctorate in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College. Dick is a graduate of a variety of professional schools including the Marine Corps Basic School, Infantry Officer Course, Amphibious Intelligence Officer Course, Amphibious Warfare School and Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He also graduated from the Norwegian Army Staff College and the Norwegian Armed Forces Staff College as well as serving as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at the U.S. Department of State’s Senior Seminar.
Location: The Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA
(Note: This is not the Army Navy Club in downtown Washington, DC)
Attire: Black Tie – Tuxedo / Cocktail Attire and military personnel equivalent
Wine and Beer Drink Tickets Included
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Order of Events
1800 Social/cocktail hour
1900 Call to mess
1915 Posting of the colors/National Anthem/Invocation
1940 Welcome & toasts
1945 Dinner served
2030 Special presentations
2045 Keynote Address
2125 Benediction/Retirement of the colors
2130 End of formal portion
2130-2230, drinks and cigars on ANCC overlook patio
Featuring a cigar rolling demonstration during the reception and drinkson the veranda afterwards by Pucho Cigars of Washington DC, www.puchocigars.com
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