For the first time ever, our Annual Trustee Meeting is open to the public this year. Alliance Trustees, Omaha business and community leaders, as well as the general public will be interested in hearing from our outstanding guests about developing ethical leaders—“from the battlefield to the boardroom.”
Mr. W. Grant Gregory, Chairman of Gregory & Hoenemeyer Inc., will interview Lieutenant General John F. Sattler and Rear Admiral Linnea Sommer-Weddington, both of whom have years of professional experience leading—and empowering others to lead—in some of the most high-pressure situations imaginable. This is the can’t-miss Alliance event of the year, so register today and check out our guests’ impressive bios below.
Lieutenant General John F. Sattler earned a B.S. in Economics from the United States Naval Academy in 1971. He graduated with honors from the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
LtGen Sattler served as the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J5) for the Joint Staff from September 2006 until his retirement in August 2008. Prior to joining the Joint Staff, he was the Commanding General of the First Marine Expeditionary Force and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command, from September 2004 to August 2006. During this period, he commanded all forces in Al Anbar Provence in Iraq from September 2004 through March 2005. Prior to Commanding I MEF, he was the Director of Operations (J3) for Central Command from August 2003 to July 2004. In November 2002, he stood up and commanded the initial Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and established the Headquarters in the Country of Djibouti. He commanded the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC, prior to sailing to the Horn of Africa.
LtGen Sattler served in three other positions as a junior general officer. He was the assistant Division Commander, Second Marine Division, from June 1997 to August 1998. He reported to the Joint Staff in September 1998 and served as the Deputy Director for Operations (Combating Terrorism) J-34 until July 2000 when he reported to Marine Corps Headquarters, where he served for one year as the Director for Marine Corps Public Affairs.
In addition to the normal tours as a junior infantry officer, LtGen Sattler served three years as an acquisition officer and four years as the Marine Corps Congressional Liaison Officer to the House of Representatives. He brings 37 plus years of Marine Corps experience in leadership, command and staff positions, jointness, inter-agency coordination, strategic planning, congressional liaison, strategic communication, and team building.
After his retirement in August 2008, LtGen Sattler spent more than 200 days each year as a senior mentor with both the Marine Corps and Joint Forces Command. In this capacity he taught and coached Commanders, their staffs, and students across the USA and around the world. He served the mentoring program until November 2010.
Rear Admiral Linnea Sommer-Weddington, a native of southern California and raised in northern New Jersey, graduated from Slippery Rock State College, PA, prior to enlisting in the Navy's Delayed Entry Program in 1981. Completing basic Russian language training in 1983, she reported to Naval Security Group Activity, Misawa Air Base, Japan, for duty in direct support (shore-based) to national cryptologic operations. She earned an MBA in 1996 from Meredith College, Raleigh, NC.
Leaving active service in 1986, she pursued a reserve direct commission and returned to duty in 1989 as an ensign - special duty officer (cryptology), United States Naval Reserve. Initial billets included administrative officer, training officer, special security officer, department head, and executive officer in the Naval Reserve Security Group (NRSG) units in Greensboro, NC, and Fort Meade, MD. Other assignments included NRSG Information Assurance Monitoring Mission Coordinator and assignment with Office of Naval Intelligence overseeing the declassification team.
She completed a three-year active duty recall in 2002 as deputy chief of staff-cryptology for Commander, Naval Air Reserve Force. Following, she reported for duty with NRSG San Diego as operations and later executive officer. Command tours between 2005-2013 include NR Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) North Island in San Diego, Fort Worth and San Antonio, TX, and Augusta, GA. Additionally, she completed the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College Joint Professional Military Education.
Mobilized in 2012 for one year supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, she was the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan director of information operations co-located with International Security Assistance Forces Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. Between December 2013 and September 2014, she was commander, Information Dominance Corps Region Southwest, San Diego. October 2014 through February 2017, she was deputy director of Warfare Integration (N2N6) staff. In March 2017, she reported to U.S. Strategic Command as the deputy director, command, control, communications and computer systems (C4) and information technology (IT) and in March 2018, assumed the duties as the director. Sommer-Weddington is also the longtime business manager for a family fine art business.