We are off to another great year with the Society. I would like to begin by thanking Dr. Mark Staal for his steadfast leadership this past year, in taking on new initiatives and continuing to address the Hoffman report issues. He continues to lead the Operational Psychology Practice Guidelines Task Force as well as serve as the awards chair. In addition I would like to thank Dr. Sally Harvey for her double duty service this past year as the past president, for serving on the APA Council of Representatives (CoR), and for her continuous work for the past several years in repeatedly identifying the concerns in the Hoffman report. A welcome to Dr. Eric Surface, our new president-elect and election chair, who has extensive experience serving as our past secretary of the Society. Support our Society this year by nominating candidate for our elected offices and sending nominees names to Dr. Eric Surface and nominating deserving members for our awards to our Awards Committee Chair Dr. Mark Stall. Thank you to our great members once again earning an early victory in the year, as we maintain our second seat on the CoR through the power of your vote.
It is a great honor to serve our many Society members around the world. It has been a great experience this year in the short period of time that I have been working with our members on a number of initiatives. My presidential initiatives are building on the past presidents strong foundation from which they have propelled our Society. This year, we want to keep building our Society to another level that is addressed in these four initiatives.
Our Society relies on the leadership and volunteer service of officers, chairs, members, and student members. This effort by members was recently demonstrated by the strategic planning work group that has developed eight strategic objectives below to move the Society forward for the next five years.
Another example of members working together and creating an innovative process is the new mid-year Regional Symposia Series. These will be held in Raleigh, Washington D.C. area, and Chicago in the spring. These symposia will offer a variety of military psychology speakers for members and students to learn about current issues in military psychology. Contact the following people for information on the Regional Symposia Series in Raleigh (JessicaMorgan), Washington D.C. area (Heather Kennedy), and Chicago (Joseph Troiani) and for general information contact Katy Barrs .
With the initiatives in mind, the theme for this year is “Leading the Way: Military Psychology”. This year, with you, we want to promote the leaders of military psychology. Please identify yourself or other nationally/internationally recognized leaders in military psychology by providing this information to Natasha Jordan. We need you to continue to come forward with your strategic, creative, and innovative ideas as our Society “leads the way” in the practice and science for military, civilian, and national security settings internationally. Again, it is my distinct honor to serve you, and I hope to see you in Chicago at the APA convention as well as other events this year!
Stephen Bowles, PhD, ABPP
President, Society for Military Psychology
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