Ortman to attend national security seminar

Minnesota State Senator Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) has been invited by the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Penn., to be a civilian member and attendee at the 2013 National Security Seminar. The Seminar takes place the first full week of June and serves as the pinnacle event of each academic year at the War College.
A cross-section of carefully selected civilians are invited each year to attend the Seminar. At the Seminar, civilians and War College students participate each day in lectures and discussions regarding the national security issues that face today’s military.
Regarding the invitation, Ortman offered the following statement:
“As an elected official and as a civilian, I believe that it is my duty to stay informed about the national security issues facing our country. As the mother of a soldier in the U.S. Army, I also have a personal interest in better understanding our military and the issues they face at home and abroad. I am grateful to have been invited to what I believe is a rare chance for civilians to learn first-hand, the burden that our military carries as a whole and among the individual soldiers who serve.”
Upon completion of the Seminar, attendees are encouraged to further spread the knowledge that they’ve gained, so that all Americans better understand current national security issues and the future role of the United State military, both globally and domestically.
Ortman will be documenting her experience at the Seminar through comments and photos via her Twitter page (http://twitter.com/JulianneOrtman).