West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference

   Know a talented high school junior interested in a service academies? Looking to volunteer for one day and have real impact?

     It is that time of year again. It is hard to believe it is our 12th Annual WPSDC Leadership and Ethics Conference (WPLEC). For those not familiar, WPLEC will take place Thursday, 14 March 2019, 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT, at George Mason University - Arlington Campus. For the past eleven years WPSDC has hosted this annual conference. Each year, about 50 local high schools participate in the conference by sending four 11th graders who have been identified as school leaders and have a grade point average of at least 3.50. Each student will learn how to deal with leadership and ethical challenges using West Point’s ethical decision-making model; the model and framework taught to Cadets at the United States Military Academy. Check out this video from 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iuc0_sTbrI0&feature=youtu.be

    If you know a talented junior in high school that wants to attend, or you are interested in getting involved with this rewarding experience please reach out to Tom Deierlein ’89 and he will put you in touch with the right person for either enrollment or volunteers (tomdeierlein@gmail.com or 917-287-5961).



Florent “Flo” Groberg
Veterans Outreach & Eastern Region Community
Engagement Global Corporate Citizenship


Flo Groberg is the director of verterans outreach and the Eastern region in Boeing's Global Corporate Citizenship organization.  He is responsible for developing implementing a company-wide giving and engagement strategy for Boeing's support of military veterans and their families.  He also leads Boeing's community engagement in the Eastern region and is based in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining Boeing, Flo served as an official spokesperson for LinkedIn where he was responsible for the promotion of LinkedIn's veterans program - a tailored job search tool for veterans transitioning out of military roles and into the civilian workforce.

Before LinkedIn, Flo worked as an operations officer for the United States Department of Defense.  In this role, he served as special advisor for strategic defense projects - providing expertise to defense policymakers and military planners.

Flo's military career began in July 2008 upon enlisting in the United States Army.  After completing officer training and both U.S. Army Airborn and U.S. Army Ranger Schools, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at fort Carson, Colorado, serving as a platoon leader.  After rising in the ranks following progressively more challenging assignments, Flo was promoted to the rank of Army captain in July 2012.

Flo is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the United States' highest military honor, for his extraordinary gallantry, intrepidity, and heroism while serving in combat operations in Afghanistan in 2012.

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Flo's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; the Purple Heart; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Army Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Bronze Service Stars; the Global War n Terrorism Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Service Ribbon; the NATO Medal; the Combat Infantry man Badge; the U.S. Army parachutists Badge; the U.S. Army Ranger Tab; and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

He holds a bachelor's degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland, College Park.



Lt. General Nadja Y. West
Surgeon General of the U.S. Army


LTG Nadja Y. West is the 44th Surgeon General of the United States Army and Commanding General, US Army Medical Command. LTG West is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. She attended the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, where she earned a Doctorate of Medicine Degree. She deployed with the 197th Infantry Brigade, 24th Infantry Division during Operation Desert Shield and was attached to the 2/69th Armor Battalion during Desert Storm. While on her next assignment at Fort Campbell, KY she participated in a medical mission with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

LTG West completed a second residency in dermatology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, CO. She was then assigned as the Chief, Dermatology Service at Heidelberg Army Hospital in Germany. In her following assignment, she served as the Division Surgeon of the 1st Armored Division, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; deploying to the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo as the Deputy Task Force Surgeon.

She was then assigned as Chief, Department of Medicine and the Dermatology Service at 121st General Hospital in Seoul, Republic of Korea. LTG West then commanded McDonald Army Community Hospital, Fort Eustis, VA. Following command she served as the Deputy Commander for Integration at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), Bethesda, MD where she became the first Army Officer to join the leadership team at NNMC. She then served as the J-3, Director of Operations, for Joint Task Force National Capital Regional Medical. Following this assignment LTG West commanded Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC and then went on to serve as the Commanding General, Europe Regional Medical Command.

Following command in Europe, LTG West served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, G1/4/6, Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA. Following this assignment she moved to her most recent assignment as the Joint Staff Surgeon at the Pentagon, Washington, DC. As the Joint Staff Surgeon she served as the chief medical advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and coordinated on all issues related to Health Services including operational medicine, force health protection, and readiness within the US military.

LTG West completed the Army Medical Department Officer Basic and Advanced Courses and the Army Command and General Staff College. She is also a graduate of the National War College; earning a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. Her awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the NATO Medal, various campaign medals, the Combat Medical Badge, the Flight Surgeon Badge, the Army Parachutist Badge, the Army Air Assault Badge, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge in Gold. She is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Order of Saint Christopher and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Family Practice.

Check out 2017 video 

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