Discussion with Major General Gregg Martin, USA (Ret.)
November 14, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
November 14, 2023 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Maj. Gen. Martin will discuss his new book BIPOLAR GENERAL: My Forever War with Mental Illness.
Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin, PhD, USA (Ret.), served on active duty for thirty-six years and commanded an engineer company, battalion, and the 130th Engineer Brigade in combat during the first year of the Iraq War. General Martin served multiple overseas tours, commanded the Corps of Engineers Northwest Division, was Commandant of the Army Engineer School, commanded Fort Leonard Wood, was Deputy Commanding General of Third U.S. Army/Army Central in the Middle East, Commandant of the Army War College, President of the National Defense University, and Special Assistant to the Chief of Engineers. Martin holds a PhD and two master’s degrees from MIT, master’s degrees in national security strategy from both the Army and Naval war colleges, and a bachelor’s degree from West Point (class of 1979).
In Bipolar General, we learn that since adolescence Martin had what psychiatrists call a “hyperthymic personality,” or an exceptionally positive, energetic, and can-do disposition. The Iraq War triggered what military and Veterans Administration psychiatrists diagnosed as lateonset bipolar disorder, a chemical imbalance that sends sufferers whipsawing between grandiose imaginings and suicidal depressions.
Even after resignation, Martin’s initial psychiatric evaluation cleared him for duty, which again illustrates how difficult it is to diagnose mental illness in high-performing individuals. He discusses why his condition went undiagnosed for so long and explores what can be done both within and outside the armed forces to diagnose and treat mental illness. Bipolar General should be of value to those with mental illness and to the communities of family, friends, and caregivers surrounding them.
Countering Human Trafficking (San Antonio)
Please join BENS members and guests Wednesday, March 6th, at Club Giraud for a luncheon discussion on countering human trafficking with Austin Shamlin of the Traverse Project. In a December 29, 2023, statement, the White House said more than 27 million people around the world endure the abhorrent abuse of human trafficking and forced labor, including thousands of people right here in the United States. It is a threat to global security, public safety, and human dignity. During National Human Trafficking…
Countering Human Trafficking (Houston)
Please join BENS members and guests Thursday, March 7th, at the Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa for a luncheon discussion on countering human trafficking with Austin Shamlin of the Traverse Project. In a December 29, 2023, statement, the White House said more than 27 million people around the world endure the abhorrent abuse of human trafficking and forced labor, including thousands of people right here in the United States. It is a threat to global security, public safety, and human dignity.…
Discussion with Hiring Our Heroes
Since 2011, Hiring Our Heroes | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has worked to create meaningful employment opportunities for transitional service members, veterans, and military spouses. Developing the National Security Workforce continues to be a key priority of BENS work. By providing expertise on human capital strategy, recruitment, and retention we assist the national security community in securing the best talent America has to offer. This is a key opportunity to discuss how we can collaboratively support these workforce challenges.