National Security Briefing for Students

High school students and educators are invited to join us in person or virtually on Thursday, February 8 from 9AM-11:05AM at Mt. Lebanon High School for a National Security Briefing by senior military officials on how global issues like Women & Girls and Global Migration intersect with U.S. national security.


This event is hosted in partnership with the U.S. Army War College Eisenhower Series College Program.


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You’ll hear from…


  • Colonel Seana Jardin, Human Resources Officer, U.S. Army: Fight Like a Girl: Winning with Gender Diverse Teams
  • Lieutenant Colonel Luis Peral, Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Reserve: Stopping Fentanyl: DoD’s Response South of the Border
  • Lieutenant Colonel Will Phillips, Arkansas National Guard: Guardians of the Homeland: Why the National Guard Matters
  • Lieutenant Christina Taylor, Idaho National Guard: Do We Still Need the National Guard?


*Important Note: Teachers with school groups attending in person should bring their driver’s license to gain entry into buildings. Masking is not required.

*Back-up date: In the event of anticipated inclement weather on February 8, the event will take place virtually on February 15.


Tentative Agenda

9:10 AM — Welcoming remarks
9:15 AM — Panel presentations & Q&A
10:10 AM — Students move to breakout rooms
10:20 AM — Breakout session
10:40 AM — Speakers rotate breakout rooms
10:45 AM — Breakout session


Our Speakers

Colonel Seana M. Jardin is an Army Human Resources Officer with 24 years of service. An air defense PATRIOT missile officer who later transitioned to the Human Resources career field, she has led a variety of organizations across her career and has deployed to Saudi Arabia, Korea, Kuwait, and Iraq. COL Jardin holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in management and leadership from Webster University. Her last assignment was as the Staff Director for the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, providing advice on women’s policy to the Secretary of Defense. 


Lieutenant Colonel Luis F. Peral is a U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate and a federal prosecutor on the civilian side. With over 23 years of combined military and prosecutorial experience, LTC Peral’s diverse assignments and work experience include that of a commander; Resident Legal Advisor, U.S. Embassy Honduras; Lead for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces; and Attorney Advisor for the Office of Intelligence. LTC Peral holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College, a Juris Doctorate from Temple University, a B.A. in Political Theory from Florida International University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Juilliard School.



Lieutenant Colonel William Phillips of the Arkansas National Guard enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1991 and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Twelve years later, he completed Officer Candidate School and became a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. LTC Phillips has held multiple leadership roles, including Congressional Affairs Contact Officer, commanding a 700-person battalion, and State Public Affairs Officer for the Arkansas National Guard. LTC Phillips is a graduate from the University of Charleston, West Virginia, with a Master of Science in Strategy.



Lieutenant Colonel Christina Taylor of the Idaho Army National Guard commissioned in 2002 as a Medical Service Corps Officer. LTC Taylor held a wide variety of leadership assignments in the National Guard including commanding a Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team and a Brigade Support Battalion with over 400-personnel. She earned a bachelor’s from the University of Idaho while in the Reserve Officer Training Corps and a master’s in leadership from Central Michigan University. She is currently working on a Master of Strategic Studies at the United States War College.



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