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Meeting the Moment: The Next Generation of Service

Posted: April 14, 2020

In case you missed it, see the recording here:

Please note: while this event is virtual, space is limited, and registration is required.  Please RSVP here.  

We invite you to join us on April 28, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. MT remotely, as we partner with the McCain Institute and Arizona State University (ASU) to host a virtual event, Meeting the Moment: The Next Generation of Service.  

This event will highlight the critical role of service in our country and ways to engage the next generation in military, national, and public service. In honor of the late Senator John McCain, this event will promote the notion of service above self and develop ideas to inspire more young Americans to serve – especially during times of crisis. The coronavirus pandemic demonstrates the critical role of service in meeting our nation’s challenges. This event will bring together those who have already committed themselves to serving their communities with the next generation of leaders at ASU. This event is open to the public.  


  • The event will open with introductory remarks by ASU President Michael Crow and Dr. Joe Heck, Chair of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. It will focus on how to build a culture of service in Arizona and across the country.  
  • The first virtual chat will be moderated by retired Lieutenant General Ben Freakley, Special Advisor to ASU President Michael Crow for Leadership Initiatives, and will focus on the importance of public service and what can be done to improve how the Nation responds to crises. This discussion will include participation by Commissioner Steve Barney. There will be time for questions and answers following this session.    
  • The second virtual chat will discuss how to inspire the next generation of service leaders, moderated by Dr. Jonathan Koppell, Dean of ASU’s Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions.  This discussion will include participation by Commissioner Avril Haines. There will be time for questions and answers following this session.    

Our vision is that by working together, every American will be inspired and eager to serve.  Join us as we discuss our final report and our vision.  

Submit a quetsion: Have questions about the Commission’s recommendations or about you can serve? Our Commissioners would like to answer them during the Q&A portion of the sessions. Please submit your questions to  Please write "Meeting the Moment" in the subject line of your email.

Unable to make it? This event will be recorded and posted on the Commission’s website: 


About the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service  

The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service is the first entity in history charged with conducting comprehensive and holistic review of all forms of service to the Nation. Recognizing the value in promoting a larger ethos of service in the United States, the late Senator John McCain and Senator Jack Reed championed the establishment of this bipartisan Commission. After two and a half years of extensive research, public hearings, and conversations with Americans across the country, the Commission released its final report, Inspired to Serve, to the Congress, the President, and the American public on March 25, 2020. The report contains a bold vision and comprehensive plan for the military selective service process and strengthening military, national, and public service in America.   


About Arizona State University  

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.  


About the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University  

Inspired by the leadership of Senator John McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute implements programs and initiatives aimed at making a difference in people’s lives across a range of critical areas: leadership development, human rights, rule of law, national security, counterterrorism and combatting human trafficking.