Army’s First Woman Judge Advocate General (JAG) to receive FIRST honor recognition at national V-WISE Conference in Boston
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (08/19/15) — As part of its opening ceremonies on Friday evening, August 21 the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) conference will serve to recognize Lieutenant General Flora D. Darpino, the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG).
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and close to 200 women veterans and military spouses from all service branches—who are attending the conference to learn business best practices, build networks, and develop their entrepreneurial skills as they seek to launch or grow sustainable business ventures—will collectively award and present Lieutenant General Flora D. Darpino with the “FIRST” initiative honor and V-WISE Medal.
The opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 21, at The Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston, Mass. [America S&C Ballroom, Fourth Floor]. To request media credentials at event or schedule a pre- or post-ceremony interview, please contact:
Wayne Westervelt, Director of Communications
Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University
Cell: (315) 558-9483 / firstname.lastname@example.org
At each V-WISE Conference, significant FIRSTs for women, both in the military and from across society, are recognized for their career accomplishments and societal contributions. Past FIRST honorees include Major General Marcia Anderson, Lieutenant General Patricia Horoho, General Ann Dunwoody, Major General Gina Farrisee, and Master Chief Ginger Simpson.
“The emotion and impact of this opening event cannot be overstated,” shares Meghan Conroy Florkowski, V-WISE Program Manager and Army Veteran. A short video about the V-WISE program, that includes excerpts from General Ann Dunwoody’s FIRST remarks, can be viewed at V-WISE Video.
LTG Darpino received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and a Master of Laws degree in Military Law from The Judge Advocate General’s School. LTG Darpino’s military education includes the Senior Service College Fellowship (Department of Justice), the Army Command and General Staff College, the Judge Advocate Officer Graduate Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course.
LTG Darpino’s previous assignments include: Trial Defense Counsel and Chief, Civil Law Division, VII Corps in Stuttgart, Germany; Training Officer and Assistant Operations Officer for the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service and Litigation Attorney, Litigation Division, USALSA, Ft. Belvoir; Chief, Administrative Law, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Assistant Executive Officer, Office of The Judge Advocate General (OTJAG); Chief, Judge Advocate Recruiting Office; Staff Judge Advocate, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas and Tikrit, Iraq; Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, III Corps at Fort Hood; Chief, Criminal Law Division, OTJAG; Staff Judge Advocate, V Corps, in Heidelberg, Germany; Staff Judge Advocate, United States Forces-Iraq, in Baghdad, Iraq; Commander and Commandant, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School; Chief Judge, U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals (ACCA); and Commander, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency (USALSA).
In September 2013, she was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and began serving as The 39th Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army. Her awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Iraqi Campaign Medal. She is also entitled to wear the Air Assault Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Notable guests attending the Opening Ceremony are Honorable Deborah Lee James, U.S. Secretary of the Air Force, who will deliver keynote remarks on leadership and what she’s learned about successfully managing people and organizations; and Boston’s Commissioner of Veterans’ Services Giselle Sterling, a veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps from 2000-2004, and the first woman to hold this veteran-serving position in the City of Boston.
V-WISE was created by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Attendees of the conference will receive in-depth instruction from prominent business owners, leadership consultants, educators, veterans and other experts who will help shape their development as entrepreneurs. Sessions will focus on business planning, marketing, accounting/finance, business law, technology for business, human resources and work-life balance.
V-WISE has impacted more than 1,600 women veterans and military spouses from all service branches and eras in over 46 states. More than 65% of V-WISE graduates have started or expanded a business. More than $41 million in revenue has been generated by V-WISE graduates, and 93% of those businesses are still in operation today!
To learn more about V-WISE and to apply online for future conferences, visit http://vets.syr.edu/vwise/.
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