The New Normal: Leadership and Preparedness in the 21st Century

MILWAUKEE (Feb. 9, 2012)- Marquette University Student Government will be hosting Lt. General Russel Honoré on Thursday, February 9th at 8:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium as a part of the MUSG Speaker Series.

General Honoré is best known for his guidance involved in leading the Department of Defense for both hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Before his command of the Joint Task Force in Katrina, General Honoré worked in numerous positions focusing on Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense.

In dealing with the Joint Task Force-Katrina efforts, Honoré stated, “We’ve got a plan, but don’t confuse the plan with execution. We’re doing something that is very different.” This quote parallels the focus of Honoré’s speech honing in on being “planned and preparedness” as well as how that relates to leadership.

As Vice Director for Operations, Honoré additionally led the Defense Department’s preparation for the Y2K Millennium phenomenon. He also oversaw the DC Sniper Shootings and Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy. Honoré’s efforts have led him to win multiple awards and decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal.

Sophomore student Carrie Coppernoll, a member in Army ROTC, spoke about the opportunity for students to see such an influential leader on campus. “We can all be leaders in our own community and it helps to see examples from leaders who have done so much good for our country here at home,” said Coppernoll.

Come listen to General Honoré share his military experiences and talk about his perspectives on leadership in the 21st century.

For more information on MUSG’S news and events, visit or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133.

The Marquette University Student Government was developed in 1882 as the governing body of the Marquette community.  Its goal is to identify, understand, actively address and represent students’ needs, concerns, and interests through acts of leadership and service, which reflect Catholic, Jesuit ideals and contribute to the betterment of Marquette University community.


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