SIPA Veterans Association

Active duty military and veterans from around the world are important contributors to the ongoing debates that form the foundation of the SIPA learning experience.   From discussing the most effective relationship between humanitarian organizations and military units in a war zone to discussing best practices in serving populations during natural disasters, SIPA benefits greatly from the contributions of students, faculty and visiting speakers with military experience. SIPA thrives on the diversity of perspectives in its classrooms and counts among its student body military students from nations around the world.

Late last month the SIPA Veterans Association hosted the following event:

Lieutenant General “Pete” Osman, USMC(RET):

Reflections on US Military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a welcome to the

Columbia SIPA Veterans Association


Lieutenant General H.P “Pete” Osman

General Osman will share his thoughts on current events in Iraq and Afghanistan, veterans in the classroom, the New GI Bill, and the future of the US military.  General Osman served on active duty in the US Marine Corps for 37 years.  During his service he fulfilled a variety of duties including commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, Commanding Officer for Officers Candidate School, and Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force.  General Osman also served as Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for manpower and reserve affairs.  He is veteran of both the Vietnam and Iraq wars.

Columbia SIPA Veterans Association

Please join Lieutenant General “Pete” Osman as he welcomes the Columbia SIPA Veterans Association (CSVA) to campus.  The CSVA will endeavor to assist transitioning SIPA veterans assimilate to student life, provide venues for the discussion of relevant military and veteran issues, and help SIPA Veteran Alumni stay connected with current SIPA students.

Monday, November 23, 2009

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Room 1512, 15th Floor

School of International and Public Affairs
420 West 118th Street, New York City

In Memory of Major Mike Weston, USMCR