June 28, 2023

Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking virtual conversation called WERXSHOPS, where we will shine a spotlight on the winners of the esteemed LeMay Center Inspiring Doctrinal Innovation Essay Prize Challenge. This event will provide a unique opportunity to hear directly from these exceptional individuals who have demonstrated remarkable intellectual rigor and innovation in the field of military doctrine. They will share their insightful essays, profound research, and innovative solutions that address current challenges.

  • Major James Schmitt, an MQ-9 weapons officer currently serving on the Headquarters Air Force staff, claimed the coveted first place. Major Schmitt recently returned from a deployment as the AFCENT Chief of Weapons and Tactics. His winning essay titled “No More Stovepipes: Unifying Air Operations Planning Doctrine to Enable Multirole Mission Success” impressed the judges with its innovative approach. 
  • Taking second place is Lt Col Abby Barger, the Operations Officer for the 18th Special Operations Test and Evaluation Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Lt Col Barger’s essay, “The Future is Irregular. Our Doctrine Should be Too,” provided unique insights into irregular warfare and its impact on military doctrine. 
  • In the third position, Erin Grenier, an Air Force civilian intelligence analyst currently serving as the Red Cell lead in the NORAD & NORTHCOM Wargaming Division, secured recognition for her essay titled “Modernizing Information Operations to Meet New National Security Needs.” Ms. Grenier’s exceptional research and writing skills, combined with her understanding of national security challenges, earned her this well-deserved accolade. 

“These winners demonstrated remarkable intellectual rigor and innovation bringing fresh perspectives to Air Force operational doctrine. Their essays showcased a profound understanding of current challenges, proposed insightful solutions, and displayed exceptional research and writing skills. We extend our warmest congratulations to the winners for their outstanding work and contributions.” 

Lt Col Andrew Bogusky

Whether you are a military professional, a scholar, or simply interested in the advancement of military doctrine, this event promises to inspire, enlighten, and foster meaningful discussions. Don’t miss the chance to gain valuable insights, engage in thought-provoking conversations, and be part of the future of military doctrine. Join us at WERXSHOPS and be inspired by these exceptional minds shaping the future of our field.

Date: June 28
Time: 10AM CST
Location: Virtual
Meeting ID:849 4403 9620 Passcode:228338