The Perry Center Recognizes Several Members with Commendations
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28 Jul 2014

On July 25, the Perry Center said farewell to two long-serving members and also honored two staff members with civilian service commendation medals for their tireless behind-the-scenes efforts in everything the Center accomplishes.

Kevin Newmeyer (left) and Michael Borders (right) receive commendations

After six-plus years working at the Perry Center as Chief of Operations (and many years of association with the Center including as a student at the Inter-American Defense College, US MILGP Commander in Argentina, and staff member at the Department of State), Michael Borders retired from federal service this month. He received the commendation of Member Emeritus of the Perry Center. Mr. Borders, a retired US Army colonel with over 35 years of government service, worked indefatigably and helped build the phenomenal operations team that runs all events that take place at the center and abroad.

Also departing the Center for greener pastures is Dr. Kevin Newmeyer, Professor of National Security Affairs. A trained engineer with experience in a variety of positions in the US Navy, international civil service, and private sector, Dr. Newmeyer will return to the private sector this month after having served as course director and professor of the Perspectives on Homeland Security and Defense course, and many other courses and seminars. He received the commendation of Professor Emeritus from the Center. Dr. Newmeyer completed his doctorate this year while working and traveling full time for the Center, an impressive feat that demonstrates his discipline and talent in the field of international security relations.

Linda Denning (left) and Christopher Hannigan (right) receive Service Commendation Medals

In addition to recognizing these departing members, two Perry Center staffers were honored with Civilian Service Commendation medals: Linda Denning and Christopher Hannigan. Both operations officers were recognized by Dean of Students, Administration, and Outreach John Thompson and Chief of Operations Michael Borders for their outstanding contributions to the Center. Both Mr. Hannigan and Ms. Denning demonstrate professionalism and ingenuity in everything they do for the Center, whether that means managing contracts and logistics, providing support for dozens of high-profile events with international delegations, or solving any number of the Center’s problems.