Re-balance: Military Partnership through a UW Tacoma Lens

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Chancellor Mark Pagano recently signed an agreement that paves the way for continued collaboration between UW Tacoma, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the U.S. Army’s I Corps, especially on service member transition issues.

(Above: Students attend a class in UW Tacoma's Master of Cybersecurity & Leadership program. The degree is attractive to veterans and is representative of the continuing partnership between UW Tacoma and the military.)

UW Tacoma Chancellor Mark A. Pagano signs Partnership Agreement as Col. Daniel S. Morgan (left) and Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza  observe.The center of gravity of UW’s relationship with the U.S. military is shifting south. UW Tacoma Chancellor Mark Pagano signed an agreement on Thursday, October 29, that paves the way for continued collaboration between UW Tacoma, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the U.S. Army’s I Corps, especially on service member transition issues.

The Partnership Resolution actually consists of two agreements. One is between UW Tacoma and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and was signed by Chancellor Pagano and JBLM Base Commander Colonel Daniel S. Morgan. The other is between UW Tacoma and I Corps, signed by Pagano and Lieutenant General Stephen R. Lanza, I Corps commanding officer.

The agreements put into writing what UW Tacoma, I Corps and JBLM will do to become a model university-military partnership, focused on the transition of personnel from active to veteran status and leveraging the resources of the military to support UW Tacoma’s urban-serving mission.

Some of the activities that demonstrate the reach of the partnership include:

Views on the Pacific

2015 Views on the Pacific Symposium at UW Tacoma. From left, Korean Consul General Moon Duk-ho, Washington Trade Advisor Robert Hamilton, U.S. Army I Corps Commanding Officer Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, and Center for Korea Studies Director Clark Sorensen.UW Tacoma has hosted four panel discussions in a series called “Views on the Pacific,” examining the strategic rebalance of U.S. military, diplomatic and economic assets to the Asia-Pacific region. These panels include military, diplomatic, university and economic leaders who address questions about areas such as the Korean peninsula, China and Japan. Participating military leaders have included Major General Jeff Buchanan, Lieutenant General Robert Brown and Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza.

Watch the 2013 and 2014 symposia.

Northwest Cybersecurity Symposium

The campus hosted the Northwest Cybersecurity Symposium in May 2015, which brought together government, military and business leaders to examine coordinated responses to cyberattacks. One of the keynote speakers was Lieutenant General Edward C. Cardon, commander of U.S. Army Cyber Command. Another symposium is scheduled for May 2016.

Read a story about the symposium published in Emergency Management magazine.

Asia-Pacific Army War College Fellowship

Lt. Col. Jaren Price, UW's first Army War College Fellow, on UW campus in Seattle.UW is hosting Lt. Col. Jaren Price, the first-ever Asia-Pacific Military Fellow. As part of the Army War College Fellowship Program, fellows will spend a year at UW studying the culture and politics of the Asia-Pacific region. Price will divide his time between the Jackson School of International Studies and the UW Tacoma campus, enrolling in courses, speaking to classes and engaging in research. The fellowship at UW, only the second on the West Coast, will play an important role educating Army officers as the U.S. government refocuses its attention toward the Asia-Pacific region.

Read more about Jaren Price and the Asia-Pacific Army War College Fellowship.

Veteran Transition Support

These high-level collaborations between UW, JBLM and I Corps supplement the ongoing work UW Tacoma does to support veteran transition. This support includes the work of the Office of Veteran and Military Services, which helps students navigate GI Bill® benefits and provides advising via the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) representative and the VetCorps Navigator.

Several academic programs are attractive to the veteran population, such as the criminal justice B.A., the Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership degree, the Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies the MEDEX Northwest physician assistant training program (offered by UW Medicine on the UW Tacoma campus), and the KeyBank Professional Development Center’s Six Sigma and Business Development and Entrepreneurship certificate programs.

VIBE, the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship, provides support to veterans who have a business idea they would like to pursue. From business planning to financing, VIBE helps connect veterans to mentors who coach them through the earliest stage of a business idea through start-up phase.

And students support each other through the Student Veteran Organization, a group specifically focused on providing a place where students who are veterans can share experiences and tips for navigating the service-to-civilian transition.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Written by: 
John Burkhardt / November 5, 2015
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or