Tuesday, October 17, 2023  |  10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. POSTPONED

The Army Historical Foundation (AHF) is hosting a joint program with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) to benefit the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).  This program will provide participants with an understanding of historical and contemporary examples of Army leadership that they will be able to apply to their professional careers.

10:30 a.m. 

Arrival and Check-In

10:40 a.m.  

Of Noble Deeds in Army Theater

11:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.  

Leadership at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863 


Colonel (Retired) Scott Halstead
Director, Center for Leadership at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA)



Scott will discuss the heroic actions of Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery on Day 3 of the Battle of Gettysburg. Both First Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing and First Sergeant Frederick Fuger earned the Medal of Honor for inflicting significant casualties on the enemy and halting Pickett’s Division on the western slope of Cemetery Ridge.  

Key Takeaways:
  • Be Ready: You don’t know when or where you and your Soldiers will be called to serve.
  • Everybody Needs a Battle Buddy: Lethal, cohesive, and effective units are led by both Commissioned officers and Non-commissioned officers.
  • Use Your Time Well in ROTC, BOLC, and Beyond: Your personal example will have an outsized impact on your Soldiers, leaders, peers, and chain of command.
  • Will you be the officer that your Soldiers deserve, and that the Nation demands?

11:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.  


12:05 p.m. – 12:35 p.m.  

Platoon-level Leadership in Operation Enduring Freedom I and Operation Iraqi Freedom I 


Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Mario O. Terenas
Deputy Director, Center for Leadership at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 



Mario served as a Platoon Sergeant during the initial invasion of both Afghanistan and Iraq. His platoon received a new Platoon Leader just weeks before both combat operations.  

Key Takeaways:
  • He will discuss the relationship between Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeants, and Squad Leaders. 
  • Platoon Leaders must be prepared for the unknown. 
  • Maximize every training opportunity. It may be your last event prior to combat. 

12:35 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.  


12:45 P.m. – 1:15 p.m. 

How to Build and Lead Great Teams in the Cyber Community and Beyond  


Mary A. Legere is a retired Lieutenant General and the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G-2) of the United States Army. 



Mary has an ROTC background herself and she’ll share both her leadership journey and draw in some historical references. She will discuss her 30 years of experience directing intelligence, security, and cyber organizations, including the Army’s enterprise of 58,000 intelligence professionals in 140 countries and its 17,000-person U.S. Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). 

Key Takeaways:
  • She will discuss her greatest leadership lessons as her team developed and implemented the Army’s multi-billion-dollar Strategic Plan, increasing intelligence cyber and security capabilities while supporting complex multi-discipline operations across the globe.
  • She will highlight her own ROTC experience and how it shaped her Army career.

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Lunch in the Veterans’ Hall

2:00 p.m.  

Briefing for self-guided exploration of exhibits utilizing presentation materials. Following the morning session, participants are welcome to self-guide as their schedule permits