Ambassador to Discuss U.S. Mission in Afghanistan

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Ronald E. Neumann, recently the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, will talk about the U.S. military occupation of that nation in a Hallock Lecture Series program, 7 p.m. Monday, March 1 in Columbus State’s University Hall auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ronald E. Neumann Neumann, right, recently authored The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan, through which he recounts the problems the U.S. has caused and encountered in the Afghanistan conflict. His insight is from his 2005-2007 service as ambassador to that country and his current role as president of the America Academy of Diplomacy in Washington.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Neumann also served in Iraq in 2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority and as Embassy Baghdad’s principal interlocutor with the Multinational Command, where he was deeply involved in the political activity of the military.

Earlier in his career, he served as an Army infantry officer in Vietnam and holds a Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. In Baghdad, he was awarded the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.

On the morning of the Hallock Lecture, Neumann will speak to a class of officer candidates at Fort Benning. He is listed on the “OCS (Officer Candidate School) Hall of Fame” display at the National Infantry Museum.

Neumann’s CSU lecture is funded by the Richard R. Hallock Foundation and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and MPA Program.

Col. Richard R. Hallock was a much-decorated paratrooper in World War II, a personal aide for intelligence to Gen. Lucius D. Clay in Berlin after the war and the youngest major to be a battalion commander in Korea. For more information, call 706-565-7875.