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Formal Launch of National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service

Posted: January 11, 2018




Washington, D.C. On January 18, a new temporary federal agency formally launches an effort to explore ways to foster a greater ethos of military, national, and public service among our nation’s citizens to address national security and domestic challenges and to strengthen American democracy.


The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service was created by Congress to review the military selective service process and consider methods to increase participation in military, national, and public service. In the coming months, the 11-member Commission will visit locations across the nation to listen to the public to inform its recommendations to Congress, the President, and the American people. The Commission hopes to ignite a national conversation about the importance of service and develop recommendations that will encourage and inspire all Americans, particularly young people, to serve.


WHERE:  Hall of the States Gallery, 2nd Floor, 444 North Capitol Street, N.W. Washington, DC


WHEN:  Thursday, January 18, 2018; 12:00 pm-2:30 pm ET. Media check-in and camera pre-set 11:30-12:00.


12:00pm - 12:40 pm: Press Briefing

·       Commission Chairman Joseph Heck

·       Senator Jack Reed (RI), Ranking Member, Senate Armed Services Committee

·       Senator Thom Tillis (NC), Chairman of Personnel Subcommittee, Senate Armed Services Committee

·       Representative Mike Coffman (CO), Chairman of Military Personnel Subcommittee, House Armed Services Committee


12:45pm - 2:20 pm: Panel on Shaping 21st Century Service Across America

·       Mr. Mark Gearan, Commission Vice Chair for National and Public Service, Moderator

·       Mr. Eduardo Martinez, President of the UPS Foundation, UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

·       Ms. Tjada McKenna, Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity

·       Lieutenant General Laura Richardson, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Forces Command

·       Ambassador Francis X. Taylor, former senior official with the Departments of Homeland Security and State, and former executive with General Electric


The event will be live-streamed at  


The Commission invites the public to share its views on service on its website,, on Facebook (, and on Twitter (@Inspire2ServeUS).